3D printers

What's the best 3d printer to buy?

Episode 1517

Paul from Ventura, CA

Paul wants to get into 3D printing as a hobby, but he doesn't want to spend several thousand to get into it. Thoughts? Leo says it depends on what you want to do with it. What Leo recommends is finding a Maker's Space near you (usually at a local library or junior college) and learn how to use them before you invest all the time and money. It's a great way to get the basics down.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1398

The folks at Monoprice say that too often, getting a low-cost 3D printer can mean getting a box of ill-fitted parts with poorly written and incomplete documentation. You end up spending hours on the internet, searching forums and asking for help to get the printer assembled and operating properly. Monoprice operates differently and their MP Select Mini 3D Printer V2 is a perfect example. This 2nd generation model printer not only comes fully assembled, it has already been calibrated at the factory.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1378

This week's gadget is the ONO $99 3D printer that uses your smartphone to act as the platform to print a 3D resin image. The smartphone is providing the visible light to harden the resin as it's printed. That means 3D objects can be created layer by layer using your smartphone’s screen as light source. A rough estimate of the maximum size of the 3-D build is 4.72" X 2.5" X 2".

What industrial grade computer should I get for CAD work?

Lenovo Thinkpad W540

Episode 1096

Mackenzie from Grand Rapids, MI

Mackenzie needs to buy a computer and 3D printer for a business. He needs a touch screen on the laptop. Leo says that no matter what computer Mac gets, a Wacomb tablet/monitor will make it touch. But with Windows 8.1, getting a Lenovo Carbon X1 Touch is a great option.

The Thinkpad W540 is larger, has a ton of power, and is considered a "mobile workstation."

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

The Giz Wiz

Episode 1057

This week's gadget from Dickie D is the BigRep One 3D printer. It's so huge that it can print furniture! It's a a full-scale format 3D printer with an 1147 x 1000 x 1188 mm (1.4 m³) working volume. In inches, that’s approximately 45” X 39” X 47”, or 49 cubic feet of printing volume. It'll also print several objects at once as long as they are within the area of the printing plate. It takes nine different printing filaments. BigRep One should start shipping in April 2014 and costs $39,000, not including shipping or taxes.