as it says in de subject. how much am i looking at. im guessing off my own research about $1000 USD. BUT, if i have learned anything in the tech world its that the chinese make it cheaper. so is there a cheaper way?
I know a local (to me) company: http://www.plastibot.com/ sells them for relatively cheap. However, I don’t know how good the instructions are for the unassembled one, as they sell a workshop on assembly and usage.
A Kossel Mini, shipped, is $700. You can find a lot of docs on building/setup of these delta printers.
The Plastibot looks a bit overpriced for what it is. I would suggest an ORD Bot design instead; the structure is more open and more scalable.
I suspect that somewhere in the Internet there will be a forum for people who are interested in making 3d printers. That would be a good place to ask your question. If you find anyone there asking for advice about Arduinos, you could send them here.
PeterH: I suspect that somewhere in the Internet there will be a forum for people who are interested in making 3d printers. That would be a good place to ask your question. If you find anyone there asking for advice about Arduinos, you could send them here.
I was curious about 3d printing, and if you look around at making them yourself, you will find there are various kits using Megas to drive the stepper motors, etc. So there is a tie between the two worlds.
Also, there is peachy printer (http://www.peachyprinter.com/), which was a kickstarter campaign to make a cheaper 3d printer. The funding period has closed, and they just announced a delay in sending out the rewards, but they will be opening up an internet store eventually. The kickstarter prices were $100 (Canadian) for the basic parts, which you then build with household items to make a printer, or $400 if you wanted them to build the printer.
There are a number of internet 3d printers, if you have a design, and want to wait 2-3 weeks to get it back. I'm using shapeways (http://www.shapeways.com/) to print things right now. You can find public designs that use the creative commons licensing at thingverse (http://www.thingiverse.com/).