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3d printer for enclosures?

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Copper - Posts: 50
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Posted: February 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM / IP Logged  
Anyone consider using one of the 3D Printer services for designing and making an enclosure? It may be cost prohibitive at the moment but I've seen some amazing things come from one of those printers and you could do an endless variety of shapes.
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Posted: June 08, 2013 at 1:10 AM / IP Logged  

Check out Jay Leno.he's got it down!

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Posted: August 16, 2013 at 5:43 AM / IP Logged  
Yes I am just new into 3d printing metal and it is really exciting to be into it. It is something which makes impossible things possible.
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Posted: April 07, 2014 at 8:16 AM / IP Logged  

I'm back everyone! Wow it's been a LONG time since I was here... Well now back to the topic at hand (on screen?)

Our shop uses 3D printers for our production scooters for the same reason Leno does it: Simplify production. Mostly for body parts and non-structural stuff.

Printers are getting cheaper all the time and if you get the right software, it's a breeze to get things done. It's funny that the 3D Scanner by NextEngine was mentioned... We use it too. However our 3D printer is the GigaBot by re3D. $6,000 delivered and assembled. It works really well. We use autoCAD for our engineering side. Side note: You'll need some sort of slicing software to optimize the printing. There's lots of them out there, many for free. SIMPLE Slicer is a great one (albeit slow) due to ease of use.

One thing that wasn't mentioned was if the part IS wrong for some reason, we shred the part back down and use a filament maker to recycle the filament into a ready to use state again.

Ganbatte ne!

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