Posts Tagged ‘3D printer

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A German company called BigRep GmbH is making an interesting 3D FDM printer that offers a massive 1.3 m3 volume (1100 x 1067 x 1097mm) giving you the ability to 3D print really big things. The printer is called BigRep ONE and is essentially an FDM (Fused deposition modeling) 3D printer that extrudes thermoplastic just like the smaller and more affordable devices are. While having up to 27 times the volume of a large desktop 3D printer, the BigRep ONE.2 costs only about 5 times as much as the biggest desktop machine available from other manufacturers. Do note that the information available on the official website could be a bit confusing and contradicting as apparently it has not been updated to correctly reflect the updated specifications of the new BigRep ONE.2 everywhere (apparently a version 2 of the device).


The resolution that the printer supports is from 100 micron (0.1 mm) to 1 mm, equipped with dual nozzle extruder, heated build platform and designed to print using PLA, CoPolymere, Laywood and Laybrick filament, though it can also print with various other materials, but support for them is considered experimental. The suggested retail price of the device is €36000 EURO and the transport would add some extra along with setup and installation fee should you need assistance with that. Do note that the BigRep ONE.2 3D printer itself if quite big which is expected for a device with such a large build volume. It is surely an interesting products that shows the possibilities of larger scale 3D printing for businesses that are not able to invest hundreds of thousands for hardware.

For more information about the BigRep ONE.2 large build volume 3D printer….

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3D printing is something that a lot of people are interested in already or are just starting to and no wonder as there is simply a lot of hype surrounding it. In the last few years 3D Printing has become much more affordable and thus widespread with many devices and printing consumables (filaments) from various manufacturers available. So you can get yourself a 3D Printer quite easy and without having to pay a lot for it and there are many options, but the real question you should ask yourself first is if you really need a 3D printer or not. A lot of people fall victims of the hype, get a printer and quickly find out that it is just too hard for them to use, because the easy part is to just get some already available 3D model and print it on your device.

The harder thing however is when you get tired of printing already prepared stuff and you want to print something that you need, but first you need to design the 3D model yourself and then to print it. This is the harder part and it is hard for a reason – not everyone has the skills for 3D modeling already available, sure you can learn, but not everyone wants to or can get the hand of things. Even if you make the perfect model in the modeling software, then you still need to manage to print it the way you want it to and that sometimes is not an easy task as well. In short, 3D printing, while it may already be quite affordable for normal users, is still something that needs learning and if you want to get into it you should be prepared to spend a lot of time trying out different stuff, reading tips and tricks from other users and learning a lot of new stuff.

So be prepared and know what to expect before you start, otherwise you might end up disappointed victim of the hype surrounding 3D printing. We just recently started getting in the world of 3D Printing and are ready to learn, but moreover we are ready to share what we learn as we go with you – the people that are considering getting in or are already learning on the go as we do. This is precisely why this website was created, as a means to share information and help each other, so feel free to share something useful or interesting you have discovered as well.


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