London Cyclist, Mechanic, Social Good activist & co-founder of Honor Cycles.
SOLD to Jingle_Jangle :)
Yup, they are indeed.
a solid 1cm cube of plastic will cost about 50p in PLA material & electricity. 3D printing is not about making it cheap, it is about making shapes that can't be easily made traditionally.
it really depends on what you are printing. the printer's software does the layup calculations for you, but you need to create the 3D file in the first place. So it is about as complicated as the CAD program you choose to use.
something to get those creative juices flowing:
Selling off my XYZ Da Vinci Jr. 3D printer.
Will post pics later, but this video will give you a good idea:
I've used it to to build a bunch of stuff from pannier hooks & light mounts to RC car shells & lamp shades. It has been good fun having a personal factory, but I've not used it in 6 months and I'm keen to make some space for a desktop CNC.
It works, comes with the cables you'll need to get it running, has a memory card, and an almost full reel of clear PLA plastic. All you'll need to get going is a 3D file to print, and there are plenty of those lying around on the internet.
£110 - Local pickup from E20 London only as these things are a bit fragile.
£444 without wheels really is as low as i'm willing to go. It is getting to the point where the idea of keeping it and building it up into a sub £1k winter super-hack-bike is becoming tempting.
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