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  • Phill Fenton

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    October 2, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Finally bought myself a 3D printer to play with and for my daughter Sally to use in her Jewellery business.

    I’m going to use it to print 3d versions of customer logos – perhaps to use as badges to go onto vehicles, or even to cast silver versions of their logos to wear as Jewellery

    Apart from that – I haven’t a clue what to do with it 😕

    Any ideas (apart from using it to print another 3d printer – I’ve heard that one already)

  • John Thomson

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    October 2, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I have looked at these for a while….love the technology but can’t see where it can make me money.
    Will be really interested to here how you get on with it.
    Lots of files being shared at http://www.thingiverse.com which may inspire you.John

  • Martin Pearson

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    October 2, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I was looking at making one same kind of idea as the router you built Phill, what make/model did you buy & what different machines did you look at before settling on the one you got Phill oh & what made you decide that would be your best option. Like John I am fascinated by the technology.

  • Martin Pearson

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    October 2, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Sorry forgot to ask, what software are you using for 3D modeling? Whole new ball game with that lol, been doing some modelling myself but hasn’t been going great, keep giving myself a headache lol

  • Phill Fenton

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    October 2, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Thanks for the link John – very interesting site, I’ve downloaded a few models already to try out later. :thumbup2:Martin – I was thinking of building one too when I got a mailshot in from RS components featuring this new printer:-
    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/3d-printers/8625705/
    My daughter was staying at home for a few days and I mentioned it to her. It prints down to .2mm resolution (whereas for fine detail in jewellery making .1mm resolution is recommended). But my enthusiasm got the better of me and I decided to buy it anyway cos it was cheap (relatively). I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something that I may never really use – but my Daughter would be able to use it to refine her designs and when necessary get a more detailed version made by a specialist online printer like http://www.shapeways.com
    She uses Rhino for her modeling and I have had a play around with it. It’s a big learning curve – she’s very skilled at using it, I just print the models.

  • Simon Worrall

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    October 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Ive had one for 2 years. in that time it has been quite useful as a paperweight.

  • Phill Fenton

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    October 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Yes I knew you had one Simon and was wondering how you were getting on with it?

  • Robert Lambie

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    October 2, 2015 at 9:47 pm
    quote Phill Fenton:

    Apart from that – I haven’t a clue what to do with it 😕
    Any ideas (apart from using it to print another 3d printer – I’ve heard that one already)

    :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:

    Thanks a million for posting your link etc Phil, really appreciate it.
    I would love to hear any feedback you can add here of your finds over the next week or two if you find anything negative worth considering. I think as something to dip your toe in and try as a hobby, the price is realistic in comparison to the others i have looked at.
    I know fine well you get what you pay for, so i am not expecting to build my first plastic Rolex just yet. :lol1:
    actually, its not for me at all but a gift for a family member that i know would love it.
    in addition to the machine itself and reals of the plastic. is there anything else you would recommend to purchase with this?
    i.e. does it need a high spec PC etc.

    thanks for any feedback on this from you or Simon… 😀

  • Simon Worrall

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    October 3, 2015 at 2:50 am

    I bought it as a curiosity, very much like you, Phill.
    To be honest I haven’t really sold the idea to my customers.
    I am sure It is quite doable and sellable. Letters are easy to make using Sketchup or whatever. We are currently in the middle of an inside and out fit-out of a legal firm in a new building, and they want four boardrooms named.
    I am considering using 3d printed letters because the names will be quite small – about an inch high – and a 3d printer is great at small things.
    They would have to be painted or gold-leafed because the bare plastic is very cheap – looking.
    This is the first time I have come close to offering them as a signage solution.
    If I use the 3d printer for it I will post the results. It is a Makerbot Replicator 2x, and it prints ABS and PLA plastic.
    Here are some letters I have made with it.

  • Phill Fenton

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    October 3, 2015 at 10:48 am
    quote Robert Lambie:

    in addition to the machine itself and reals of the plastic. is there anything else you would recommend to purchase with this?
    i.e. does it need a high spec PC etc.

    You need software to create the 3d models, just as you need sofware to create layouts for signs.

    The software that comes with it does not allow you to create 3d models. It is a utility that converst .stl files (a standard 3d file format) into a form the printer recognises. This is then saved onto a usb stick and plugged into the printer. The printer has it’s own control panel and loads the model from the usb stick. Alternatively you can transfer the model to the printer via a usb cable plugged into your pc.

    Even without specialised software for creating 3d models you can have a lot of fun downloading models from the net to print (as per the link John Posted up earlier)

  • Phill Fenton

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    October 3, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Some examples of model made by the printer

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  • Phill Fenton

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    October 4, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    An apollo spacecraft

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  • Phill Fenton

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    October 21, 2015 at 8:47 am

    With a bit more experimentation I have discovered that different filaments make a big difference to the print quality. Still racking my brains for practical applications in sign making. One suggestion is to make up hollow lettering to allow LEDs to be fitted inside? However, in practice, I am limited to an overall maximum size of 150mm x 150mm x 140mm. Any other suggestions?

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  • Warren Beard

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    October 21, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    how about braille? I think most sign makers don’t have facilities to do decent braille?

    I’ve thought about this too as I love my gadgets but even after looking around the print show I still couldn’t really think of anything worth while for sign making.

  • Michael Kalisperas

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    October 22, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Small letters can be made by laser engraver cutter and much larger bed but obviously more costly.

    As for more sign usage I can think of many but the best is by far simple brackets to for Correx boards or hangers etc. Those bits that sometimes you don’t know what they are or where to get from but know you could make something that could solve the solution for fitting.

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