Re: [rp-ml] Low Cost RP and easy to use RP Equipment?

From: michael rees <>
Date: Mon Jan 03 2011 - 05:03:03 EET

Hi LIst,

It looks like somethings wrong with the website. Are they still in business?


michael rees

On Jan 2, 2011, at 1:26 AM, Olaf Diegel wrote:

> Hi Chuck,
> It's probably not what you are looking for, because its best resolution is only 200 to 400 microns resolution, but would be worth considering the Up printer made in China ( ). We've now got 2 of them and are incredibly pleased with it.
> In terms of print quality, it's not quite as good as our Dimension machine but considering the price difference, the parts are certainly usable. I haven't done any proper strength tests on the parts (but I will) but my overall impression is that the parts from the Up seem slightly stronger (and denser) than those from the Dimension.
> It also prints up to 4 times faster than the Dimension.
> The support material is also a bit harder to remove than on the parts from our dimension, as it uses the same ABS for the support material as for the part. But with a bit of practice (and tweaking the support material settings in the software) it's not too hard.
> The biggest advantage with the Up, form our point of view, is the extremely low material cost. If we but the material from Cina it costs us around US$50/kg. But if we source our material locally (I just have it made by our local plastic welding supplies shop) it only costs us around US$25/Kg. So cheap that we can afford to let students print for free on it.
> Best regards from New Zealand
> Olaf
> Professor Olaf Diegel
> Director, Creative Industries Research Institute,
> Auckland University of Technology
> Associate Dean, Strategic Development, Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies
> WS117, 34 St Paul Street, Auckland, New Zealand
> Tel: 64-9-921 9485, Fax: 64-9-920 0421
> Email:
> Web:
> >>> Chuck Stapleton <> 1/01/2011 11:07 p.m. >>>
> Hi everyone,
> Happy New Year!
> I'm looking for a low cost and easy to use RP machine for my personal use and very limited commercial use. Not looking to spend a lot of time with cleaning parts and want as close to "plug and play" as possible.
> Looking at the VFlash and the uPrint, but can anyone offer some other suggestions? I know some cool stuff must have come out of Euromold.
> Not So Rigid Requirements:
> * $15k Budget
> * Don't care about colors
> * Easy postprocessing
> * Cheap Material
> * Good accuracy (100 microns)
> * Small build area is ok
> * Slow build time is ok
> Objet Alaris is out of my budget range, but seemed like a great choice.
> Thanks for the help!
> -Chuck Stapleton
Received on Mon Jan 03 04:55:41 2011

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