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#1 Offline KBant - Posted February 12 2018 - 7:50 PM

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I wanted to get into 3D printing because I love DIY projects such as designing formicaria.

 

To all those who have 3D printers, or want to get 3D printers, lets talk!

 

What 3D printer do you have? and/or what 3D printer would you eventually like to have? (be realistic)

 

Thank you!



#2 Offline KBant - Posted February 12 2018 - 7:55 PM

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was looking at some on amazon. and these caught my eye

 

https://www.amazon.c...L70_&dpSrc=srch

 

https://www.amazon.c...L70_&dpSrc=srch

 

https://www.amazon.c...ords=3d printer

 

https://www.amazon.c...3d+printer&th=1


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#3 Offline ZllGGY - Posted February 13 2018 - 8:16 AM

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i actually am messing around with tinkercad right now developing my own formicarium and am looking into buying a printer this summer


Colonies:

 

Founding:

Camponotus cf. Modoc

Camponotus cf. Herculeanus

 

Dream Ants:

 

Stenamma Diecki

Solenopsis Molesta

Manica Invidia

Camponotus Herculeanus

Lasius Latipes

Dorymyrmex Pyramicus

Tapinoma Sessile


#4 Offline noebl1 - Posted February 13 2018 - 9:59 AM

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If I was going to do it all over again I'd consider this:

https://shop.prusa3d...i3-mk3-kit.html

 

Well known brand that has a LOT of reviews.


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#5 Offline ZllGGY - Posted February 13 2018 - 10:21 AM

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If I was going to do it all over again I'd consider this:

https://shop.prusa3d...i3-mk3-kit.html

 

Well known brand that has a LOT of reviews.

that definitely does look nice


Colonies:

 

Founding:

Camponotus cf. Modoc

Camponotus cf. Herculeanus

 

Dream Ants:

 

Stenamma Diecki

Solenopsis Molesta

Manica Invidia

Camponotus Herculeanus

Lasius Latipes

Dorymyrmex Pyramicus

Tapinoma Sessile


#6 Offline Kevin - Posted February 13 2018 - 12:19 PM

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I don't mean to double post, but I figured this thread would also be appropriate to post in.

 

As I said, "Loops, Drew, and I all have CR-10's now. I can vouch for it in everything - massive build volume, inexpensive price, huge community behind it, extremely simple setup, quality... everything you really need."

The Creality 3D CR-10 comes in several different versions, but the original is the most practical in my opinion. There's the regular one, the mini (which is more expensive than the bigger one, haha), and the extra large S4 (500mmx500mm). The CR-10 is plenty big for anything you will need to print, and the quality of the prints are incredible for the relatively low price. There are several "brands" of the CR-10. HICTOP manufactures the CR-10 and hands them over to Creality to be packaged and sold. HICTOP also sells the printer, and the only difference is that instead of having a "Creality" sticker on the electric box it says "HICTOP" and the bootup logo is different. The injection-molded parts are all branded Creality. I've also seen other brands of CR-10's and I am not sure if they are knockoff or the same situation as Creality/HICTOP.

 

 

Creality:

https://us.banggood....6RoCv6MQAvD_BwE

 

https://us.gearbest..../pp_441281.html

 

HICTOP:

https://www.amazon.c...L70_&dpSrc=srch


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#7 Offline Bracchymyrmex - Posted February 13 2018 - 3:54 PM

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If I was going to do it all over again I'd consider this:

https://shop.prusa3d...i3-mk3-kit.html

 

Well known brand that has a LOT of reviews.

 Probably the best on the market for its price (my opinion don't freak out).

 

If your price range is between $2,000-$4,000 then I'd go with an Atom or Formlabs printer. Very good print quality on both machines. The only downside is with the Formlab printer, the resin needs to be thoroughly washed before ants are housed in it.



#8 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 13 2018 - 5:08 PM

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I use the Lulzbot Taz 6. It works pretty well.


Current Colonies:

Queens:

  • Aphaenogaster cf. picea x2
  • Aphaenogaster rudis
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
  • Crematogaster cf. lineolata Journal
  • Formica subsericea x5
  • Lasius americanus
  • Lasius sp. x2
  • Myrmica sp.
  • Tetramorium immigrans x a lot — Journal

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#9 Offline Del - Posted February 15 2018 - 10:08 PM

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I have a Tronxy p802ma which I believe is another Prusia i3 clone.

 

It requires a bit of tinkering to get right, but once you get there it is really nice. For AUD $170 I can't complain



#10 Offline noebl1 - Posted February 18 2018 - 8:57 AM

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Saw this today for the CR10 people for an inexpensive enclosure to better print ABS:

 

I've been following Joel for awhile on his channel.



#11 Offline noebl1 - Posted February 18 2018 - 11:10 AM

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One more thing I meant to post earlier for people looking to increase efficiency of their heated beds.  This without a doubt is the best insulation I have found:

https://www.ebay.com...FsAAOSwOdpXxu4t

 

It's Aerogel based, and I got the 5mm thick piece (before I realized they now sell 10mm thick pieces).  My 12x12" MIC6 bed with a 24v ~300w heater heats in ~3mins to 60C.  It holds the temperature really well, and even just the 5mm insulation is just warm to the touch.  Pretty impressive stuff.



#12 Offline drtrmiller - Posted February 18 2018 - 4:32 PM

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One more thing I meant to post earlier for people looking to increase efficiency of their heated beds.  This without a doubt is the best insulation I have found:

https://www.ebay.com...FsAAOSwOdpXxu4t

 

It's Aerogel based, and I got the 5mm thick piece (before I realized they now sell 10mm thick pieces).  My 12x12" MIC6 bed with a 24v ~300w heater heats in ~3mins to 60C.  It holds the temperature really well, and even just the 5mm insulation is just warm to the touch.  Pretty impressive stuff.

 

I have some of that exact material from when I was designing a mini charcoal grill.


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