I bumped into a gentleman, Mr TK Ng, at Mike's shop. He was buying the Sherline lathe and mill when I met him. We chatted and learnt that he owns the Makerbot's Thing-O-matic 3D printer. Cool!!!
This was what he printed:
This is some kind of a space fighter from some movies.
I'm interested to get a unit of the printer myself upon considering what can be printed within it's 120mm x 120mm x 10mm stage. Not an easy decision as I've also committed to purchase the Proxxon PD400.
To see the usability of the parts a 3D printer produces, I ask TK if he can help print a lamp stand for the Ikea lamp I have. He kindly agreed. This is the STL file I sent him:
The part measures 49mm x 49mm and has a height of about 50mm.
Very quickly, he sent me these:
From the bottom:
From the side, you can see the angled wall also printed per the STL:
What amazed me is the capturing of even the fillets.
TK said that the print job took him about an hour and a half. Setting up took another 15 minutes (generate GCode, calibration etc).
I'll try to pick up the printed part from him and will post a pix of it in use.
Now, the Proxxon lathe has a lead time of 12 weeks while the 3D printer about 5 weeks. Maybe I should get one to play with and start making some useful household stuff to justify it's present in my shop... lol... Mike, when you're ready...
I would like to thank TK for the print. Will be troubling you when one magically appear in my shop.
I need more space...
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