What I really wanted to do was check out new technology as we are thinking about adding some new 3D printers to our 3D printing service bureau. We use Stratasys 3D printers and I wanted to talk to other 3D printing service bureaus, machine manufactures and industry experts about new materials, software, stl file repair tools and of course what’s new and hot in the industry right now.
One thing that continues to blow me away is the amount of ‘makerbot’ types of machines that keep on springing up based on Stratasys FDM machines. Earlier on in the year our 3D printing service bureau visited the 3D print Show in London where there were literally dozens of these things. It’s OK if you’re a hobbyist and want to spend £500 to £3,000 on something that you hope is going to print your part. We’re a bit more serious than that our 3D printing service bureau so when we do invest we’ve got to make sure we spend wisely.
We like the look of the 3D systems powder based machines and the resin based Formlabs SLA machines but for now, if anything we’ll invest in another Stratasys FDM machine. If we think big we would love a FORTUS 450mc but it’s likely we’ll go for another Dimension 3D printer.
Just to remind you all that at our 3D printing bureau service we only use Professional Stratasys 3D printers that use FDM technology. We have two machines. One is a Dimension Elite 3D printer has a build envelope of 204 x 204 x 305mm and the other is also a Dimension machine that has a bigger build envelope of 254 x 254 x 305mm. These are considered to be mid-range as far as build envelopes go.
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The 3D Quick Printing team