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Staples just started selling a 3D printer from 3D Systems.

http://www.staples.com/Cube-3D-Printer-Silver/product_201876

$1300 is a pretty good price, I think, for a 3D printer from a premium printer manufacturer. I've been considering getting one for a while.

Opening it up to the floor to see if there are any coupons over the next few weeks that might be applicable.. it seems to me to be the first time that you can get on of these with a (potentially big) discount, by trying to stack coupons, get 5% from CB cards, etc.

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20% off one item but it expires 5/4/13 .
From this thread -> http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1270390/
This is very interesting that Staples now carries this, thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Imjusthappytobehere said:   20% off one item but it expires 5/4/13 .
From this thread -> http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1270390/
This is very interesting that Staples now carries this, thanks for bringing this to our attention.


Thanks. Yeah, the printers don't arrive in store for another few weeks, so the coupon doesn't do much ($10 off online orders). The printer is only available online right now, but will appear in some, but not all, stores by June according to CNN. http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/03/technology/innovation/staples-3d-printer/index.html

FYI, cartridges cost $50 each, "1 Cartridge prints 13 to 14 mid-sized creations", so about $4 each.

Was wondering what you'd make with these. Though about wax molds for jewelry making, but found much better:

http://www.shapeways.com/blog/categories/14-jewelry

http://www.shapeways.com/featured?li=home-featured

http://www.shapeways.com/

You can use standard filament spools pretty easily: http://hackaday.com/2013/04/26/cube-3d-printer-hack-lets-you-use...

Why not do a kiosk order with the 20% coupon?

17111711 said:   
Thanks. Yeah, the printers don't arrive in store for another few weeks, so the coupon doesn't do much ($10 off online orders). The printer is only available online right now,


Timing won't help, but you can always buy "online in store" at Staples... Use in-store kiosk, and choose "pay at register." This will get you an online purchase, delivered to your door, while being able to use in store coupons. Read the Staples FAQ in this forum for more info.

I'll wait for the Brother 3D printer

Hack a Day has an article on modifying the Cube to use less expensive fillament



Hack A Day LInk

fwiw, I hear that Jay Leno uses a 3d-printer to make parts for his Model-T since retail parts are (sadly) no longer available. I've always found that to be very interesting for some reason.

skarydrunkguy said:   fwiw, I hear that Jay Leno uses a 3d-printer to make parts for his Model-T since retail parts are (sadly) no longer available. I've always found that to be very interesting for some reason.

There's no need to do this for Model T parts, since you can buy almost anything for a Model T quite easily. Also, he doesn't make the actual part, he makes plastic models that he sends out to be cast. So, he might just as well send the 3D model.

Can you feed it your own coil of material off a spool? There are hacks to convertt beads into the extruded plastic.

cheap legos?

edavid said:   skarydrunkguy said:   fwiw, I hear that Jay Leno uses a 3d-printer to make parts for his Model-T since retail parts are (sadly) no longer available. I've always found that to be very interesting for some reason.

There's no need to do this for Model T parts, since you can buy almost anything for a Model T quite easily. Also, he doesn't make the actual part, he makes plastic models that he sends out to be cast. So, he might just as well send the 3D model.


I would assume he checks that the plastic model fits the car, probably sands it and slightly modifies it to make it a perfect fit. None of which would be possible without making a computer model.


Thanks! This is really neat-o!

3D printers are one of those things that are a lot harder than most people realize. I have a Printrbot+ and was thoroughly disappointed with how hard it was to get going and I am very techie.

Also 3D printers out date themselves every couple months. The best bang for your buck right now is the RigiBot. A lot cheaper and a 10 x 10 x 10 build area.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1650950769/rigidbot-3d-print...

macosx said:   FYI, cartridges cost $50 each, "1 Cartridge prints 13 to 14 mid-sized creations", so about $4 each.

Was wondering what you'd make with these. Though about wax molds for jewelry making, but found much better:



Guns. Some guys did it once. Not sure if it was this specific printer.

The real moneymakers are the guys using them to make 3D printer parts to then create more 3D printers...

I'll buy mine from Staples for instant Premiere Status and then use it to crank out replica ink cartridges. JK.



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