Skip to comments.Staples to sell 'affordable' $1,299 3D printer starting in June
Posted on 05/04/2013 10:43:08 AM PDT by LibWhacker
In June, Staples will become among the first major retailers to offer a 3D printer. It will also be among the first to offer an affodable one, with 3D Systems Cube 3D printer being sold for $1,299, the company announced on Friday.
Although $1,299 may seem expensive, there was a time when the cheapest dot matrix or impact printers cost more than that. The price will inevitably come down.
The Cube 3D Printer works with both Windows and Mac OS X. It comes with 25 templates with more available online.
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It will pay for itself with 30 round magazines printed up.
It is brilliant that it will be used on Apple Products. This items will make them an even bigger fortune. I can’t believe how reasonable these things are getting.
And soon. only the weakest of plastics will be legally available for use in it. Look for the raw materials to be legislated behind the scenes and pressure put on the manufacturers.
I figured they would practically give them away, and then nick you on the cartridges.
The other thing to consider is that for much less the tools can be bought to make mags from actual metal and it is not hard to do. The problem is that it’s more work than a mouse click.
Don’t get me wrong. I think this 3DP thing is great! but it’s not going to be as pain free as many think.
I am very interested in 3D printing though I have not yet done anything. I use Form-Z for my work ( when I have any) and can export STL or other appropriate files. If I can ever get my financial house in order I intend to go forward with modest efforts to make money off 3D printed models.
Indeed. But at what quality? When Fedgov mandates the sale of materials structurably suitable only for Christmas ornaments, why bother?
Finally going mainstream into retail stores, but this one is no bargain. Other 3-D printers have been sold for $600 and up. Shop carefully, some offer better features at lower prices than more expensive ones. Size of build object, smoothness of movement, minimizing jaggies on surface, heated platforms, etc. I'd wait another year or two for them to get better.
I paid more than that for my first B/W laser printer. An equivalent model goes for about $120 today.
I also need a good, easy to use MCAD product. I looked at some open source products, but haven't tried them yet.
That is impossible. As a compliment to these machines, many are making cheap filament extruders that can recycle household plastics. The only way to ban the raw materials is to ban plastics, which will never happen.
Could of sworn I saw hobby 3d printers for $500-600. bare bones....let me go look again...
The owner’s and CEO of this company are virulently against #D printing of firearms.
3D Systems, the company that makes Lerols machine, has also closely been monitoring the gun developments. Abe Reichental, the companys chief executive, said he is open to working with members of the industry and legislators to restrict certain shapes from being printed.
We dont want to prevent printing anything that is legal and proper, he said. But we want to be responsible. We want to do good. We want to be a force that helps shape the goodness of this technology and its use.
'You can't stop the signal, Mal.'
Its all a matter of perspective, 25 years ago these things were $250,000.
The entire concept of registration goes right out the window. I have what I have until I push a button to destroy it or to make more of 'em. What's it to you, Mr. Federal Agent?
Before going further I will admit only slightly more than basic knowledge here. But how many recyclable plastics in common use have the structural properties needed for durable (even short term durable) mags and other gun components? And how many people have access to the equipment needed to recycle said plastics into
All good! But like the rest of everything, libs will muck this up and stifle development just to stop people from printing boomsticks. ANY way they can.
Doesn't matter if they try to make it so "certain shapes" can't be printed if you build your own 3D printer.
Simply export a STL file from 123D and you are ready to print your model using our 3D printing services.
It is brilliant that it will be used on virtually all home computer systems, including Apple.
Here’s one for your list.
That's because the computer is not actually controlling anything. You are just downloading a file to the printer. You could use a flash drive if you have the file and the printer has a USB port, which it should.
The profit is never in the printer itself, but in the consumables the printer uses.
“Give away the razors, sell the blades.”
So what can you use it for? Print out a bunch of Happy Meal Toys?
The materials are going to improve in the future. nanocellulose could be a game changer with one of these.
USDA Under Secretary Sherman Unveils Nanocellulose Production Facility
Posted by Rebecca Wallace, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, on August 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM
The U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory recently opened a $1.7 million production facility for renewable, forest-based nanomaterials. This facility is the first of its kind in the United States and one that positions the laboratory as the countrys leading producer of these materials, also called nanocellulose.
Nanocellulose is simply wood fiber broken down to the nanoscale. For perspective, a nanometer is roughly one-millionth the thickness of an American dime. Materials at this minute scale have unique properties; nanocellulose-based materials can be stronger than Kevlar fiber and provide high strength properties with low weight. These attributes have attracted the interest of the Department of Defense for use in lightweight armor and ballistic glass. Companies in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer products, and medical device industries also see massive potential for these innovative materials.
"Here are the two most common plastics for these types of printers:
The gun, receiver, and magazines that Defense Distributed has created were I believe all printed in ABS plastic. It is very common. The recycling equipment you can build yourself for a few hundred dollars.
I am not a computer whiz. We have on this forum those that are. For the computer whiz: what will I get if I spend $2,000 on a 3D printer? What is the benefit?
Here are some different materials that they are using for 3D printing.
Yeah I been to shows and discussed things with firms offering those services. Just haven’t actually done it yet.
A vise. some scrap angle, a hammer, a hacksaw and a rivet gun. Instant emergency Mag manufacturing facility.
With a mill and lathe you are a danger to the country ;)
Well that definitely changes the situation ;)
If literally common plastics will work, They are in a hell of a fix. Because any code in the printer to ban shapes will be hacked and there is no way other than criminalizing/confiscation the printers or ownership to stop gun part printing.
Which is the very same failure as gun laws that caused the whole mess in the first place.
Early learning in a new field. If I was younger, I'd be learning 3D design and every aspect of these things, which would guarantee a good career in the future.
In the late 70's and early 80's, people were asking, "What do I need a PC for? Those who bought early PCs and learned a little programming greased their careers.
Now you know why metal shops were removed from schools ;)
Well, YOU knew. But most don’t.
No. What does one do with a 3D printer? It is obviously new.
Prototyping lots of ideas that previously were impossible to do without significant investment in CNC technology for starters. And as materials, raw materials are adapted the sky is literally the limit.
The can’t (or wont) effectively stop cocaine or heroin; I suspect stronger plastics might be available if one want to pay for it.
As forms for molds and castings?
Print sealed pieces filled with Cocaine and let a drug dog try finding it ;)
Anything I imagine as long as the mold can take any heat/pressure/weight involved.
It's usually referred to as "cutting edge" technology.. because it makes your billfold bleed.
I can remember when the CD burner was first introduced to the public it was priced at $5000.
I paid $2000 for a 9 gig Seagate Barracuda SCSI hard drive in order to capture video. That was back in 1998.
3D printing, in my opinion, is going to be HUGE in terms of changing our society. I've started to refer to it as the 21st century's version of "modern day milling."
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