I'd like some help sourcing the parts for a 3D printer, and getting an idea on how much it'll cost. If there are established local sources for things like laser-cutting, T-slot extruded aluminum, hardware, etc. I'd love to hear about them. I think I've narrowed down my printers to the Mendel90 (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:17826
), the Prusa i3 with either the aluminum plates (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:119616
) or possibly the modified wood frame by sgraber (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:40465
) or twelvepro (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:39889
), or the MendelMax 2.0 (http://www.mendelmax.com/2012/12/27/ann ... elmax-2-0/
All are similar in their overall design and I like that design. I'm still a bit skeptical about the rigidity in the X direction of the MendelMax 2.0, but maybe my fears are unfounded.
I understand there are others who would like to dive into the world of 3D printing, and if you guys are interested in a very basic 3D printer, it sounds like Printrbot simple would be a good choice. If you want something more, maybe we can all work together and possibly make some group purchases to save a little money in shipping as well as share our experiences with the build. I think there were four people at the hack night who were interested in purchasing a 3D printer. If you want something more than a Printrbot, please let me know and I can coordinate.
I have done some research and have found a couple places with good reviews and good products. www.reprapdiscount.com
. MakerFarm has a Prusa i3 8" kit for ~$600, which is decent, but I think we could do better with some local sources. I'd also like the MendelMax's increased build volume. The Mendel90 has OpenSCAD files so it can be relatively easily resized (if someone knows how to work OpenSCAD, which I don't.) The MendelMax obviously starts out with the larger build volume. I think expanding the i3 to the MendelMax build volume would be the most difficult.
I'm leaning towards purchasing the electronics from reprapdiscount, but maybe there is a better solution? $209 for controller board, LCD, endstops, heated bed, pulleys and belts seems to be a pretty good deal. I could be very very wrong, so feel free to provide alternative solutions.
In conclusion, contact me or reply to this thread if you are wanting to build a 3D printer and not going the printrbot route. If you know how to work with OpenSCAD and can modify the Mendel90 to use a larger bed, please let me know. If you know of local sources for any of these parts, please share your knowledge. I'd like to get rolling before the end of the month if possible.