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    Engineering application for low cost 3d printer

    Hi,

    Firstly, Im totally new to the 3d printing world and have never even seen one in the flesh let alone used one......

    I work for an engineering / machining company who produce limited quantity one offs & prototypes to several Oil service companies large and small.

    On a couple of occasions we have experienced issues with quality of threads that have to be cut manually due to the limited number of units ( CNC not

    cost effective )
    usually bespoke sized stubb ACME threads for which hard gauges are not readily available ( and if they were the cost would again be prohibitive )

    I have been asked to look into the possibility of buying a 3d printer that is capable of printing out relatively simple plastic cylinders or tubes

    with either external or internal threads "cut" into them that could be used to check thread quality before shipping the parts

    Concerns would be the final printed tolerance of thread profile shape & "roundness" of the final part

    Is this totally ridiculous or is it feasible ?

    I have a budget of around $5k to spend on hardware & consumables to start with and print area would probably have to be at least 8x8x8" but bigger

    the better..

    So far I have narrowed it down ( based purely on searching the internet ) to Luzbot Taz 4 , Ultimaker 2 Extnd or Makerbot 5th gen ( last one is

    potentially a little small )

    I realize the TAZ is opensource and the software is iffy, the Ultimaker looks like it has better quality outputs but limited material selections and

    some clogging issues & the makerbot appears to be the "industry standard" but potentially slow output

    Id really appreciate some feedback from someone with actual hands on experience

    Thanks,

    SS

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    Do not buy a Makerbot 5 under any circumstances. Most people that understand 3d printers would give up the hobby if the Makerbot 5 were the only offering. It was released to help company value, not because it was a feasible printer.

    Ultimaker is very good.

    However what you need to do is get someone with a printer to print what you need as well as they can. I do not think that an FDM printer will do what you need and that you will be wasting your money.

    I am sure there will be people on here prepared to help you and print a sample or two for filament costs, I would but I am in the UK and as you talk in $ I assume you are US or some other very foreign place.

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    Blueprinter is offering samples... http://blueprinter.dk/technology/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShuttleSpace View Post
    Blueprinter is offering samples... http://blueprinter.dk/technology/
    and?

    It is also 2X of his target budget!


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