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post #10816 of 10820
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Originally Posted by bluemonkeyflyer View Post
 

I don't have any experience with 3D printers. Searches turned up the following as among the best desktop consumer 3D printers:

 

A new laser sintering (SLA) 3D printer is opening next week on Kickstarter. It looks slick. Created by a Swiss team, the Sintratec 3D printer makes solid, movable, highly detailed and functional models. Interesting but probably over-kill for our purposes. Others that got good reviews include FormLabs' Form 1+, Pagasus Touch, Ice 1, and Ice 9.

 

The 5th Gen MakerBot may be the go to (FDM) 3D printer for making headphone parts. Does anyone have a recommendation for better 3D printers?

 

Online 3D printing services is another option that is much more economical unless there's a need for making many components. Has anyone used such services? If so, any recommendations for good providers and those to avoid would be appreciated.

 

EDIT: As I mentioned, I have no experience with 3D printing and no knowledge about the printers, above. I am not endorsing any of them. I just read reviews on Amazon, FWIW, and saw that MakerBot 5th Gen 3D printer negative reviews (1/5) outnumbered the positive reviews (5/5 and 4/5 combined). 

Theres this guy on YouTube, Barnacules Nerdgasm, who owns a few 3D printers and is pretty active with his viewers there as well as on Facebook where he goes by the same name. You can message him about a 3D printer, though it's usually a shot in the dark when it comes to how fast he'll respond. The one he seems to use most is called "The Ultimaker" though. Here's a link.

https://www.ultimaker.com/pages/our-printers/ultimaker-original

post #10817 of 10820
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Originally Posted by bluemonkeyflyer View Post
 

I don't have any experience with 3D printers. Searches turned up the following as among the best desktop consumer 3D printers:

 

A new laser sintering (SLA) 3D printer is opening next week on Kickstarter. It looks slick. Created by a Swiss team, the Sintratec 3D printer makes solid, movable, highly detailed and functional models. Interesting but probably over-kill for our purposes. Others that got good reviews include FormLabs' Form 1+, Pagasus Touch, Ice 1, and Ice 9.

 

The 5th Gen MakerBot may be the go to (FDM) 3D printer for making headphone parts. Does anyone have a recommendation for better 3D printers?

 

Online 3D printing services is another option that is much more economical unless there's a need for making many components. Has anyone used such services? If so, any recommendations for good providers and those to avoid would be appreciated.

 

EDIT: As I mentioned, I have no experience with 3D printing and no knowledge about the printers, above. I am not endorsing any of them. I just read reviews on Amazon, FWIW, and saw that MakerBot 5th Gen 3D printer negative reviews (1/5) outnumbered the positive reviews (5/5 and 4/5 combined). 

Unfortunately most of those are not just standard extruding like the "cheap" DIY models. Meaning you need the special powder ect ect. 

 

I looked up reviews on that 5th gen makerbot. That's very disappointing. They started off as a DIY kit (version one) and it wasn't bad, not the most accurate, but it was made of wood. The 2.0 was a bit finicky but once you got it. It was purely fantastic 

 

Simple might be better, the UP! printers are not bad Ive heard aswell

 

Kits are EVERYWHERE now. Im sure it won't be hard to find the perfect one

 

EDIT: seems all the big 3D printing companies from when I was a tech-club head are gone. UP! looks to be barley hanging on, and Makerbot has tried going for "high quality" over the home-brew greatness

 

EDIT 2: Found a great review site: http://3d-printers.toptenreviews.com/  Seems that this brand Cubify has taken UP!'s spot. Just be careful. Their higher models (Cubex, CubePro) require refills specific form their website, but their low model the "Cube" just uses standard ABS spools you can buy generally everywhere for dirt cheap. (even HobbyKing stocks them now)

 

EDIT 3: Dremel (yes the tool) just released a beautiful one $1k, looks to use just standard PLA spools (I think its PLA only). That's the one I want O.o

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NA00MWS?tag=price182-20&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER


Edited by SeEnCreaTive - 11/16/14 at 12:58am
post #10818 of 10820

I'm using a printrbot simple metal, if you don't need to print your object larger than 150x150x150mm and printing speed is not your concern, then it is a solid and reliable printer at $600, otherwise the ultimaker is the choice, winning every award given for FDM printer, I have not used one but im building one from the ground up using my own design with the inspiration from Ultimaker. I would steer clear from the Makerbot as designwise (mechanically) its nothing special, just the aesthetic looks nice.

post #10819 of 10820
Was looking out for a printer to as I started modelling a new baffle. Found a pure geek who explained me the disadvanteges of those cheapo/asian parts printer and decided to wait. As I don't know if I will use the printer once I have the best suiting baffle. So I use a local service. The guy is self employed and charges about 30-40€ for 2 baffles. Depending on the size and detail. Its ok and the quality is great. You can see one big monster baffle which I done for my custom HM5 pads.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/739131/3d-printed-baffle-customized-hm5-pads-for-the-fostex-t50rp/0_60#post_10977300
Now redesigning it for the Alpha Pads which sound/measure best with my mods. The subfreq. are massive with those pads with a better soundstage..
So I can recommend using a service if you know how to model. Otherwise its going to be expensive
Edited by tarsonis - 11/17/14 at 12:12am
post #10820 of 10820

Jeez, these 3D printers take ages. I visited a place last week and one medium size part they were making took 7 hours. Good to get a proto cast maybe.

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