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Will 3d printing ever get any cheaper?
« on: August 12, 2016, 10:19:44 PM »
I am an enthusiastic user of Shapeways, but I cannot deny that the cost is high, and was even before the current exchange rate crisis.

I also understand that 3d printing has been around for a long time (it was shown in Jurassic Park III back in 2001), it has only recently been used commercially. Has the price of the process and materials gone down over the years? And wil it go down any further?

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Re: Will 3d printing ever get any cheaper?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2016, 10:53:51 PM »
Have you checked out 3d hubs? https://www.3dhubs.com/
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Re: Will 3d printing ever get any cheaper?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2016, 12:32:19 AM »
I don't think 3D Hubs would be much use to me, as I am not a designer, just a customer, though I have made suggestions to designers on Shapeways. I think Shapeways maybe the cheapest option at the moment, and there is nothing else like it's marketplace. It's only disadvantage  (for us brits) is that it's foreign, and vulnerable to exchange rate fluctuations.

My real question, however, is if the process itself is getting any cheaper. If it ever does, we will all benefit.

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Re: Will 3d printing ever get any cheaper?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2016, 04:10:06 AM »
Of course it will, just depends on the market.
At the moment the makers of 3D printers are competing to make the most complex, the smallest, the biggest, the finest, the most materials, etc, etc.
Once the technical innovation is done then they will have to compete on cost.
Next the Shapeways of this world will have all the tech they need and they too will have to find cheaper prices or materials to stay competitive.
I have no idea where these guys are at in their particular technology cycle but I would expect it to take another 10 years at least for price competition to start.

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Re: Will 3d printing ever get any cheaper?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2016, 04:59:50 AM »
One of our two major electronics chains here in Australia currently have three printers in their catalogue - a mini, priced at A$499, an Arduino controlled one, priced at A$729, and a dual filament model priced at A$1599.
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Re: Will 3d printing ever get any cheaper?
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2016, 05:32:06 AM »
"an Arduino controlled one,"


That Arduino fella gets everywhere!  :)
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