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I'm a fan of 3D printing, and have been debating which model to purchase (or build) for simple projects at home. I know about most of the open source variants (reprap, fab@home, etc.), but I'm curious to know what others think.

asked Jul 27 '11 at 14:16

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Bill Horvath II

The latest from makerbot seems to have fixed many issue with the previous model. I know one person that has both. The latest had fewer build and test issues to get it going.


answered Aug 01 '11 at 12:33

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I have built a RepRap Mendel (Prusa Build). The build is quite straight-forward and there are a number of good pre-assembled kits for some of the electronics components for those that are less inclined to assemble their own circuit boards. For more details on the build and to get a complete (free) Bill of Materials check here: http://reprap.org/wiki/Prusa


answered Aug 01 '11 at 17:43

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I completely agree with previous comment about the Prusa Mendel. If you want a plug and play option then there's the Thing-o-matic but it's pricey ($1,299.00). I'm assembling my Prusa right now and the parts cost me less than half that price. It does require more work but the community is very responsive. Try the IRC channel and you'll see. Also most major cities have a Reprap group with people who will gladly help out.

3 years, 6 months ago
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I believe that Ben Heck made his own and addressed some of the interesting points about the RepRap and the MakerBot. The biggest thing I remember about his comments on them were about the area constraints you have to work with. I don't have one personally (would love to get one, but they are a bit pricy for my blood currently)


answered Jul 27 '11 at 15:28

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Levi Mefford

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