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  1. shumifan50

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    Does anybody on here own a 3D printer? Experiences with it will be much appreciated as I am looking at getting one to print enclosures and specialised mountings. The one I am looking at is the Flashforge http://creative3d.co.uk/3d-printers/flashforge/flashforge-creator-pro-dual-extruder-3d-printer
    The dual extruder is attractive as it will allow printing supporting bits for flimsy objects. I hope it handles the special filament - I have emailed an enquiry about this. Printing in 2 colours is not that important to me as I am a function over beauty sort of person.:)
     
  2. Gryd3

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    I do not yet own one, but have been doing a lot of research and debating buying or building. (If I bought, it would be a maker bot.
    Typically dual extruder setups allow you to print in more than one color and will not assist in smaller or more sturdy prints unless you want to try something new and mix and match your plastics.
    Do you know what formats are supported by this printer and if any software is supplied?
    http://slic3r.org/ is a common tool...
    I ask about software as there are a few printers out there that use propitiatory formats which greatly hinder production.
     
  3. shumifan50

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  4. davenn

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    what review ? ;)

    Dave
     
  5. shumifan50

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    Sorry Dave - added the link that somehow got lost
     
  6. shumifan50

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    Had a response back from the retailer and it does support soluble filament. This gives a lot more flexibility in printing parts that would collapse while hot without support struts. The struts can be dissolved when the print has cooled down.
     
  7. Gryd3

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    There is one question I have that may or may not be applicable.

    I have seen a few 3D printers with 'dual extruders'... they had only one hotend, and two inputs to that hotend. This is fine for most applications, but if you want to print with two dissimilar materials it may be in your best interest to determine if there are indeed 2 hotends, and if you can independently control the temperature of each.
    Alternatively, you can always break off and clean up where the supports make contact with the print. It is just plastic after all ;)
     
  8. shumifan50

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    I had a close look at the photographs of the single and dual extruder and the dual has a complete extruder added in the pictures.
    Unfortunately the world of shopping has changed, and not for the better. It is now very difficult to get a demonstration of the product you want to buy, partly because shops only stock selected few models and partly because there are too many options and it is no longer viable to stock all options. Add to that that many sellers only have an online presence and you have the current situation.
    I would love to see a demonstration of the printer, but that does not look possible (I asked the retailer).
     
  9. darkfigure

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    I bought the xyzprinter. It was $530 including shipping which isn't bad at all. I only made a few things with it as I got it this Monday. Everything looks good so far and would recommend.
     
  10. shumifan50

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    Sadly it is a single extruder model.
     
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