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Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by nintendarium, Dec 15, 2015.
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3d printer. No, shapeways and similar sites as well as https://www.3dhubs.com/ sort most of what I would want. I would go CNC before I went 3d printer as well. Indeed I reckon a CNC mill would do better for what you want than this, not sure what exists at the ultra cheap end that you might like, though something like the imodela line (£600 inc vat or about 830 Euros) could be a place to look.
STL? As in the actual deposition tool paths and whatever else or the modelling in the first place? For the former then not really but then it is not quite as complex as CNC milling (you design supports, it is not like you need to account for the different types of milling, getting good radii or dealing with hold down positions). General modelling I can do, I do not especially enjoy it though and it is not my main thing by any means (I am more about pulling things apart and telling you why they fell over then making new ones).
If good old http://www.blender.org/ is not for you then have a scan through http://opensourceecology.org/wiki/CAD_tools and http://www.beyondmech.com/pro-e/cad-topic-33.html
3d scanner. I do have a laser level and a webcam I can put together with a background to do what needs to be done. It does well enough there. I have not heard good things about the cheap consumer stuff, mainly software issues/lock in. For this I might suggest something more like http://www.geomagic.com/en/products-landing-pages/haptic if you want to make things from scratch and http://www.3d-microscribe.com/ if scanning is more your thing. Neither are anything close to cheap though.