3D printer meet up!

  • September 12, 2012 · 6:00 PM

Hey there! I would like to suggest a meet up! :)

I work for Afinia and we just launched our 3D Printer and I would like to plan a launch party with my fellow 3D Innovators! Let me know what you think! :)

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  • Phil R.

    Anyone have thought about the form1 printer on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/proj...­

    October 2, 2012

    • Joe K.

      Specifics on their (apparently proprietary) resin are pretty slim as far as I can tell. I've looked into other available resins that may be useable for a DIY SLA machine and, just for ballpark comparisons, on the lower end there are UV adhesives like Loctite 3105 and Dymax 3099 with ultimate tensile strengths of around 20 MPa and on the really high end there are materials like Somos ProtoTherm 12120 with around 70 MPa tensile strength. Extruded ABS strength can vary a lot depending on process parameters, but I think the average is around 40 MPa tensile strength.

      October 3, 2012

    • Joe K.

      The lower end resins (20 MPa) cost around $225/liter so given the price Formlabs is claiming of $150/liter for their resin, I wouldn't expect it to be much better than half the tensile strength of ABS. Of course, it's possible they have some really awesome chemists working for them and they found a really strong and cheap formula, but I wouldn't count on it until they release some specifics and people have tested printed parts to verify the properties.

      October 3, 2012

  • Joseph R.

    Just found this source for ABS on the Makerbot Google list. I've not used any of it but thought I would pass it along. Interestingly low price, at the very least, if shipping from China. http://www.3ders.org/pricecompa...­

    September 25, 2012

    • Micah R.

      Thanks for the heads up. I just ordered some glow in dark and color changing ABS! After shipping it's still cheaper than other suppliers' non specialty offerings.

      September 25, 2012

    • Micah R.

      Here's a link to some reviews of their product: http://forums.reprap....­

      September 25, 2012

  • Peter L.

    I've posted the gear toy I was showing at the Meetup to Thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/thin...­

    2 · September 22, 2012

    • Heidi

      Awesome! Thank you!

      September 24, 2012

    • Joseph R.

      Fantastic!!!

      September 24, 2012

  • Matt J

    It was a lot of fun. Great to meet other people with 3D printers. Very cool

    September 13, 2012

  • Greg F.

    Great turnout and enthusiasm from everyone.

    September 13, 2012

  • Joseph R.

    It occurred to me tonight to share the following link. Craig lives in Chicago and periodically posts on all things 3D. You can subscribe if you like via email under "follow." Check it out first and find some solid 3d links. http://craigmclark.rifr.com/bee...­

    1 · September 13, 2012

    • Marcus R.

      Cool blog! Here's a link to the Stratasys Exoskeleton video: http://www.youtube.co...­ that I mentioned at the meetup.

      1 · September 13, 2012

    • Greg F.

      Love that blog. Great stuff. Thanks to everyone for coming out last night. The Mill loves having folks with such enthusiasm around. Come back anytime.

      September 13, 2012

  • Heidi

    Great Meet up! Glad everyone was able to make it out!

    September 13, 2012

  • Joseph R.

    Great. Thanks all for sharing your enthusiasm.

    September 13, 2012

  • Heidi

    Thanks to everyone that was able to make it to the 3D printer meet up tonight! It was a pleasure meeting all of you! If you have any questions please feel free to shoot me a email. [masked]

    1 · September 12, 2012

    • Joseph R.

      Agree. Thanks to you all for coming out and sharing in the enthusiasm.

      1 · September 13, 2012

  • Phil R.

    GREAT. got to meet some new people with shared interest and look forward to the next meetup

    September 12, 2012

  • Matt J

    Are people on planning on bringing printers or are we just chatting about them? Never been to one of these meets before.

    September 5, 2012

    • Joseph R.

      There will be printers there that the Mill houses. I'll also bring my Thing-O-Matic.

      September 5, 2012

    • Heidi

      I will be bringing my Afinia H-Series 3D Printer as well.

      September 7, 2012

  • Matt J

    Forgive my ignorance, but I have never been to the Mill. For this event do we need to be members? What cost would be associated with this event?

    September 5, 2012

    • Micah R.

      No cost. All are welcome. You would only need to be a member to use equipment the Mill has.

      September 5, 2012

  • Micah R.

    Yes, this I can do. I was gonna recommend The Mill.

    September 4, 2012

  • Joseph R.

    Let's meet at The Mill in Minneapolis next week Wednesday. Agenda... Chat 3D. Simple. Easy.

    1 · September 4, 2012

  • Art G.

    I am interested however I need to know date and location before I can RSVP.

    September 1, 2012

    • Gypsy

      me too

      September 3, 2012

  • Brian S.

    I would like to attend too, I have a reprap 3d printer that isn't working currently but I'm very interested in learning more. When and where is this going to take place?

    September 1, 2012

    • Brian S.

      Unfortunately no, I took the risk of buying the cheapest 3d printer available, the $350 see me cnc h1 3d printer kit (http://shop.seemecnc....­). I bought it in the original kickstarter phase and it had a lot of bugs to the instructions and the parts. It required a lot of eletrical work and soldering. However, the only thing I need to figure out is an electrical problem with the heating resistors and the circuit board that control it and the thermisistor. Last time I hooked it up, it short ciruited my power supply. I got a replacement power supply by I'm not much of an expert at electronics and I don't want to burn it out again. Besides that, I have all the parts and the printer is assembled.

      September 1, 2012

    • Matt J

      I hope you can get it working soon. I took the easy way out and bought a preassembled Prusa from Lulzbot. It is a fun hobby stick with it, you'll get it going. :)

      September 1, 2012

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