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    $200 3D printer

    saw this on another site and thought it would be worth sharing:

    Seeking a market for cheap 3-D printers - CNN.com

    $200 is getting into the "let's give it a whirl" territory. I can think of a bunch of things that I would make with this tomorrow if I had it. Now I just have to find $200 and convince the wife that it's a great idea (or rather, that killing me would be a bad idea)

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    Mate I'll spend the $200 and tell you what it is like. My tactic with my wife is "look at the pretty shoes", diverting her attention from my stuff

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    neat! This is like consumerism by proxy Unfortunately on the wife front the sort of things that will distract her (gadgets) are expensive enough that I wouldn't be able to afford to distract her AND get the thing I am distracting her from. A real Catch22 situation

    I think a much better option would be for you to buy it, get all frustrated that it's too small/ the software is junk/ resolution is terrible/ it doesn't make coffee or chill beer (ok, I'm stretching it a bit) then send it to me.

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    Sh$t, you never said it could make beer also...

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    Pretty neat!
    I built one from scratch last year using the info on Reprap. Easy enough to do, and when you build it yourself there is a great amount of satisfaction when you print your first part. I wont mention the hours of trying to calibrate the damn thing!

    So, you can buy all the individual parts slow time, under the radar of The Dept of Finance! I'm trying that technique to build a carbon hardtail. Wish me luck

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    I like your approach piesoup...
    Only proplem is I'm impatient.. I want to cnc my mill.. I wonder if my Mrs will notice if I order 1 part every day, until I've got all the bits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad72 View Post
    Mate I'll spend the $200 and tell you what it is like. My tactic with my wife is "look at the pretty shoes", diverting her attention from my stuff
    Will it print shoes?
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    Haha! I fee your pain Matt!
    One problem, I was ordering all these little bits seperately but the 3D company decided to put a lot of them in one order so this huge box arrived at home with a tutting wife waiting for me to explain! Bugger.

    I reckon it could print shoes, uncomfortable, but you could say they will be the height I'd fashion soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by piesoup View Post
    Pretty neat!
    I built one from scratch last year using the info on Reprap. Easy enough to do, and when you build it yourself there is a great amount of satisfaction when you print your first part. I wont mention the hours of trying to calibrate the damn thing!

    So, you can buy all the individual parts slow time, under the radar of The Dept of Finance! I'm trying that technique to build a carbon hardtail. Wish me luck
    Dream big piesoup, it can be done

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    wow, a 3D printer that can make beer and and bike...sweet

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    I saw the first one in Vegas about 10 years ago. It was incredible but the cost was ungodly. I can't remember exactly how much but impossible for the average joe especially to even think about it for the sole purpose of tinkering around.


    I am sure this particular one is kind of cheap and will only make small things but it won't be long before these are on every desk.

    BTW, Before long, everyone in the world will be able to buy a barrel and make an "assault riffle".
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Or you may be able to go to Staples....


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    Quote Originally Posted by brad72 View Post
    wow, a 3D printer that can make beer and and bike...sweet
    Well the frame is "fantastic plastic" as my mates like to call it.

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    Thanks Emu! Got the wheels and a stem, may try print the rest!

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