Affordable 3D Metal Printer - Aurora Labs

Posted by  $  jbrenner 5 years ago to Technology
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I am pretty bummed out. I really thought that the group I have put together could be first in this area, but we definitely are not.

For more info on this subject go to http://metalbot.org/
SOURCE URL: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/460400892/affordable-3d-metal-printer-aurora-labs


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  • Posted by  $  ObjectiveAnalyst 5 years ago
    Hello jbrenner,

    Build a bigger, better mousetrap. The envelope is still too small on these units. I have customers that have purchased machines like these ( http://www.3dsystems.com/quickparts/inve... ) but have recently given up on them and outsourced their pattern needs because the machines are not robust enough. They are constantly requiring very expensive maintenance and break down with clogged nozzles and other problems...
    Regards,
    O.A.
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    • Posted by  $  5 years ago
      3D Systems is one of my partners. The printers that you are talking about are MUCH more expensive than the Australian one, but robustness is an issue I am working on.
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      • Posted by  $  ObjectiveAnalyst 5 years ago
        Good to hear. I would have invested in one of these machines myself, but my customers experience, the cost of the machines, how they routinely break down (apparently exacerbated by sporadic operation) and the expense of repairs and wax... Well to date it hasn't seemed like a wise investment.
        If they were very reliable and the material was affordable, I could supply patterns for short orders to my customers and diversify my operation. Before SLA machines I used to produce a lot more prototype tools. It did cut into my business and force me to produce larger tools than I prefer.
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