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Old Sep 27, 2012, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by bullseye000 View Post
I looked into one of these things for 3d printing some small scale pilots and other details we would like for our stuff. They also have a web site with a lot of files for tools, jigs and all kinds of other goodies you can download. Aside from the learning curve the only other gotcha I saw with this system is the cost of the plastic wire to make the parts. A couple of guys in their forums are working on project to make your own but I think it's still a ways off. Larger projects or one with many parts can get pretty expensive.
No gotcha. It's $36 for a KILO of feedstock. There is no waste. You can make the shell at thin as you like and fill the internal space with a honeycomb. Some of the finished items I picked up were very light. I don't think you will be making many one kilo pilots. More like ten grams or less or even way less.

I can imagine someone buying a couple of hundred bucks worth to get started with and still having most of it a year later.

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