[SATLUG] 3D printers

Craig sargonemail at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 18:21:17 CST 2012

In the fast changing world of 3D printing,
is a bit dated, but
does provide a nice starting overview.
Less wordy, more visual ->


On 8/28/12, Craig <sargonemail at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ah,
> A few infographics / surveys related to 3D printing that might help frame
> the
> debate:
> What is 3D printing?  :
> http://blog.sculpteo.com/2011/06/27/what-is-3d-printing-infographic/
> A nice infographic on "How 3D printing works :
> https://www.hightable.com/infographic/43923
> An info graphic that gives an overview to the "low/middle/high" end
> question -> 3D printing matrix:
> http://www.3dprinter.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/TranPham-MATRIX.jpg
> And for the current consumer 3D market (mainly niche) pricing, there's
> http://www.3ders.org/pricecompare/3dprinters/
> Usage Survey ->
> http://www.3ders.org/articles/20120601-results-of-3d-printing-communities-survey.html
> Craig
> On 8/28/12, Craig <sargonemail at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> In "[SATLUG] 3D printers"
>>> Nathan Oxhandler on Thu Aug 16 07:18:07 CDT 2012 wrote:
>>> Does anyone have enough experience with 3D printers to do
>>> a presentation on them at one of the meetings?
>> I do not have a 3D printer, but have researched them.
>> I assume that the group is interested in what is being
>> used as part of the "current" consumer 3D fad?
>> At the moment, this is akin to an automated glue gun.
>> Things such as the following can be overviewed:
>> --Hacker 3D (full/partial DIY) vs. Out-of-the-box, as is
>> --Different kinds/types 3D printer
>> --Different usages of 3D printer
>>> Some of the questions that need to be answered:
>>> What are 'low, medium, and high end' printers?
>> Actually, better question would be "what's the intended use
>> of the object(s) being printed?"
>> Size of end object to be printed and "material" to use
>> somewhat determines/sets if one "must" have a
>> particular low/medium/high end version(s).
>>> What software does one need to use them?
>> Very open ended question akin to what OS/OS distribution
>> should one use. :)
>> The end result to be sent to the 3D printer is almost
>> universally in a format called gcode.
>>> What materials can be printed?
>> See kinds/types of 3d printers.
>>> How accurate can you print [+/- .1 inch, +/- .001 inch]?
>> See kinds/types of 3d printers
>> Due to prior commitments, I won't be able to attend
>> the September meeting.
>> I certainly would consider giving an October/November
>> presentation if there's interest.
>> Craig

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