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    News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    The first UK high street shop to sell 3D printers is now offering the Velleman K8200.
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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    3d printer looks like it was 3d printed....
    And £100 mark up for Maplins? Epic fail that...
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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    Quote Originally Posted by 3dcandy View Post
    3d printer looks like it was 3d printed....
    A lot of them can be - at least partially. You can use your first 3D printer to print off all the plastic bits for your next 3D printer

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    Quote Originally Posted by 3dcandy View Post
    3d printer looks like it was 3d printed....
    And £100 mark up for Maplins? Epic fail that...
    Sorry, I have just been informed that Vellemans price doesn't include VAT so that makes Maplins £20 cheaper. Main article has been updated.
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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    Might be expensive but hopefully this will start the arrival of more 3d printers in more shops and competition will help us out

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    I know I want one, but I'm just not sure what for!

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    Quote Originally Posted by circuitmonkey View Post
    I know I want one, but I'm just not sure what for!
    +1

    I sooo want to have a go with a 3D printer, but have no idea what I would use it for yet.

    Last year I almost blew my bonus on a Makerbot model for about £1300, but saner heads prevailed.

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    This technology is advancing nicely, it's getting to the stage that home 2D printing was in the 1980s.

    Soon (c. 5 to 10 years) the systems will be able to mix coloured (C, M, Y, White, blacK) plastics to print full colour 3D objects.

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    Be nice if they could use a similar method to printing and just mix the color with the white. That way you'd only need white or maybe even clear plastic and ink(or whatever it'd be).

    Be great fun to play with when these come down a lot in price!

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    Quote Originally Posted by Spreadie View Post
    I sooo want to have a go with a 3D printer, but have no idea what I would use it for yet. Last year I almost blew my bonus on a Makerbot model for about £1300, but saner heads prevailed.
    You could always use it to print a gun and then hold up the store you bought the printer from and get a "point 22 discount". (joke ... not a very good one I know)

    (Bad) jokes aside, how resilient are the printer's outputs? Last time I checked they were very fragile, only really useful for objet d'art and prototypes/conceptual-models If they can be used for load-bearing structures then a 3d printer could be great for making custom fixings etc.

    £700 though is a bit rich for my wallet.

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    That's think I'm getting one of these instead of a new gfx card
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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    That is pretty cool.

    How much could you "print" with the supplied 5m?

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    Does anyone know how long that "promotion" video model took to print?

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    Quote Originally Posted by circuitmonkey View Post
    I know I want one, but I'm just not sure what for!
    You might want to check this out. I can think of MANY uses. :-D

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3dcandy View Post
    3d printer looks like it was 3d printed....
    A lot of them can be - at least partially. You can use your first 3D printer to print off all the plastic bits for your next 3D printer
    Better still, use your cheap, high street 3D printer to print a much better, more advanced one when the technology catches up! ;-)

    Incidentally, you *can* change filament mid-print, it's just a pain in the *ss right now with Repetier and the various slicing tools, and the effects are not dissimilar to a Camden Market tie-dye t-shirt. With the arrival of affordable 3D printing for the masses through it can only be a matter of time before the software catches up.

    Oh, and this will most likely print with nylon filament (as long as the head survives going up to 250C) and you can colour that with Dylon/RIT dye... ;-)

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    Re: News - Pop down to Maplin today and buy a 3D printer for £700

    Quote Originally Posted by McEwin View Post
    Does anyone know how long that "promotion" video model took to print?
    The screenshot of Repetier is very blurred on my phone but it looks like it predicts about 5 hours, which usually means at least 6... ;-)

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