3D printers now at Lowe's

friscobob Feb 1, 2016

  1. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

    The other night the missus and I were picking up some items for home repair (balky light switches and fixtures), when I noticed a 3D printer offered by Dremel on display. Sale price is a buck shy of $1000.00. Several different colors of plastic to use in your printing projects as well.

    Something to blow the income tax refund on..................

    And no, I didn't get one- the Finance Officer refused to allocate funds. :(
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Uh oh. Seems that too many of us have heard this outcome.
  3. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

    My daughter asked my wife for one....she said no to both of us
  4. SLSF Freak

    SLSF Freak Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I was set to fund my printer purchase by selling old stuff from the garage, old toys, old electronics/computer parts, selling 3D designs on Shapeways. I was nearly there and got one BIG sale from eBay that was going to fund it. Mailed my eBay items from a mom-and-pop mail store (no insurance available because they aren't USPS - shame on me!) they arrived broken so I had to refund. My CFO saw the despair in my eyes when my printer fund was ripped cleanly from my hands and said "It's okay. Buy the printer anyway." I put in the order the next day. That was over a year ago and I'm having a blast with it. Here's my grandmother's house in N-Scale I printed in December:
    I plan to do a write-up to show what can be done with these in our world (and what can't) HO guys and up will find plenty of use, N Scalers on down will have a little less and requires a lot planning and experimentation to execute. It's more fun when you don't limit yourself to models, but print out practical things for around the house, too!

  5. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

    That's beautiful, Mike.

    I'm sure that these gadgets are exactly what the modeling community has been waiting for (and the model manufacturers have been fearing). With a bit of planning and working the little gray cells, a 3D printer could print a reasonably accurate model of any prototype structure or other thing.
  6. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

    Mike, your result is fascinating, and excellent. I assume it prints in a single basic color, then you paint the details later.
  7. SLSF Freak

    SLSF Freak Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Mike/Hytec- thanks. Yes it was printed in white and brush painted in acrylic. The security doors were printed in black. I have one house that I haven't put together yet (I printed five for various family at Christmas) so I plan on photo-documenting that process for TrainBoard. We haven't hit the holy grail yet for desktop model railroad 3d printing but I suspect within five years we'll be pretty close.

  8. Metro Red Line

    Metro Red Line TrainBoard Member

    Nice start, but does the detail and resolution of this printer benefit us N-scalers? i'm quite sure it could print great models in O scale, and maybe HO. But us N scalers require a little more accuracy.
  9. Metro Red Line

    Metro Red Line TrainBoard Member

    I have a pair of audio headphones that work fine, but were stepped on and a small plastic piece that holds in one of the earpieces was broken off, rendering the whole thing unwearable. If I can 3-D print the broken piece I would be able to use those headphones again!
  10. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Love your house Mike. Great job. Inspires me to have a go, but know nothing about the things needed to do so! Maybe I am a bit old to start, so should leave it to son Matthew (stickymonk)
  11. Arctic Train

    Arctic Train TrainBoard Member

    Our library has a couple 3D printers avialable for use by the local residents. I'm guessing if you bring in your plan (and im supposing it has to be in a certain format in order for the printer to use it) they'll print out your project for a small fee. Might be worth looking into in your area.
  12. SackOHammers

    SackOHammers TrainBoard Member

    We also have a Fedex / Kinkos store here in town that has a 3D printer you can use for a small fee.

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