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 Post subject: Low cost jewelry capable 3D printer
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:45 pm 
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I had watched this fellow developing this printer on a different forum and when he took it to Kickstarter last year I was tempted, but thought I'd wait and see what happened. He succeeded in that attempt and is apparently back for more. Check out the model details that he is getting about 1/2 way down the Kickstarter page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/b9creations/b9creator-a-diy-high-resolution-3d-printer?ref=live This makes me wish that I was doing more casting...but then it may be justifiable if for nothing else than making cool models of stuff.

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Hmmm ... :-k ... wonder if this could be used for more, shall we say, practical purposes? 8)

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Give it time. Price, resolution, and extrudable materials will be improved upon. $500 machines will be here soon. These are expected to be in every household before long. Uses are almost unlimited.


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Reviving this old thread :)

Just recently i discovered the 3d metal cast. It looks ugly for now by what can be seen on youtube videos, but is quite interesting for casting some shanks/bands.
Does anyone have observations or experience with such a 3d printer? I'm talking specifically for minimetalmaker.


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I've no experience with the minimetalmaker, but since it uses metal clay technology, (meaning that the articles made with it are sintered items), the usefulness of the end result would depend upon how strong you needed it to be. Items that need a lot of strength would be best made with something that makes models that can be cast.

I ended up buying a Form 1+ a few months ago and have been very pleased with the quality and castability of the models it produces. It has a small printing area, so it's only useful for things that are the size of a belt buckle at the most, but it will print a number of rings at once...perfect for my needs.

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I have extensive experience with the EnvisionTec Micro ($21,000), and have worked with models and castings from the Solidscape ($35,000+) and B9 Creator ($3,500 - 4,600) (https://www.b9c.com/shop/). Also, another recently came out - Reify Solus - which is around $3,000 with the projector (http://www.reify-3d.com/products/).

The main requirements for jewelry printing is high resolution (x-y axis at least 36 micron, z axis at least 30 micron) and able to user castable resins. The Solus is the least expenxive I have heard of which fits these needs. Michael and others can add more good information to this discussion.

Some accommodation must be made in the casting process for using the light cured resins.

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