« on: December 06, 2016, 01:09:57 AM »
Well, the actual prints are fairly cheap. I'd guess maybe $1 a vase in clay (like the size that you buy with flowers in it at a grocery store once a year, a foot tall, 6 inches wide).
But I dont know anything about the kiln costs, i know they are dirt cheap because they are huge heavy brick things that people buy for their artistic kids then end up never using it and it sits in a garage for years. I cant see it using more than a dollar or two of electricity in a firing.
Glazes must be pretty cheap too, from what ive seen.
I'd say like $3-4 a vase.
the Extruder setup that replaces a normal 3d printer extruder was probably $850, since i had to order it from italy and paid some retarded taxes. fuck VAT.
Delta printers can be 3d printed for the most part. But if you want a nice one i'd pay like $1000 for a high end one, like a rostock max(though im sure there are better ones). 3D printing is such a pain in the ass that having a nice sturdy machine makes print errors way fewer.
Also, this fucker can print in play-doh!
One of the cooler things i recently read about is they make this plastic-copper filament mix thats like 85% copper, after you print you throw it in a kiln and fuse the copper while melting the plastic out and you end up with a 3D printed whatever that is 99.9% copper. I fuckin love copper so i want to try that out sometime, especially if i can procure a kiln.
People are getting pretty mad scientist on them, i dont think it will be much longer before you can buy a single machine that can print in plastic, clay, soft metal, and then convert into CNC mode to trim and cut.
I love the hobby, but its hard to find time for all the cool shit you can do with one.