With the access to so many, which is considered the "best" for printing helmets/armors? I've been looking into purchasing one, but wondering if it is even worth it.
I agree stay away from the new makerbots I waisted months with one . I have Ulitimaker 2 now and its wonderful.Ultimaker 2 is a very good printer, and the have a larger volume one available also. Though it's more expensive--$3,000+
Don't get Makerbot, in general their printers have just been OK but not great, but their current line is crap
I would argue that hobby 3D is past the dot matrix stage and is into the late inkjet stage.I've been poking my head into the market every 6 months or so but for me the quality doesn't justify the price yet (my interest is in printing smaller, highly detailed pieces). I still feel like we're in the dot matrix days and I'm content to wait for a bit.
To quote a teacher friend from Australia" We've only got 1 of 10 Makerbots running the others are used for displays in the local town. The printer was ok but the print nozzle will become detached the second you stop paying attention to the printer leaving you with a large mound of melted plastic goo."Don't get Makerbot, in general their printers have just been OK but not great, but their current line is crap
I've been here shooting out load my love for Ulitmaker 2 ( and I still say its a fantastic machine ) but I'm working on a new production and apart from the 5 Ultimakers the guy who runs them has just got aZortrax M200 3D Printer[/h]and the prints he's getting of it are jaw droopingly amazing . it has its draw backs as it only uses its own filament and only ABS but if I had to choose again id be very interested in this machine and its cheeper than an ultimaker.
but I'm still loving what I can get out of my U2
good luck with your search
I will throw my 2 cents in, I have a hacked davinci 1.0a and for the price it is pretty hard to beat once it is dialed in and hacked so it can use outside filament. For a little over 500 bucks you get a machine that can print Pla and abs with decent resolution and has a very nicely sized print area. I would personally go this route until you are sure that you like 3d printing
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