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Wide Format 3D printer?

Any recomendations on a wide format 3D printer? I don't need a whole lot of height, but need to rapid prototype some parts without doing it on a CNC ( our 5 axis is down for maintenance and  there's a backlog of parts on the 3 axis).

 

Current printer I have available to me is a MakerGear with an 8" x10" bed. Looking for something with at least 12" x 12"

 

Thoughts?

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have you checked out the Lulzbot Taz 6? or have you considered building your own printer?

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On 11/23/2017 at 6:38 PM, ionbasa said:

Any recomendations on a wide format 3D printer? I don't need a whole lot of height, but need to rapid prototype some parts without doing it on a CNC ( our 5 axis is down for maintenance and  there's a backlog of parts on the 3 axis).

 

Current printer I have available to me is a MakerGear with an 8" x10" bed. Looking for something with at least 12" x 12"

 

Thoughts?

whats your budget? There are plenty of fdm printers that have a 12x12 or larger build area. The first that springs to mind would be the gmax 1.5.

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51 minutes ago, tJuggernaut29 said:

have you checked out the Lulzbot Taz 6? or have you considered building your own printer?

Not looking to build my own since I need decent tolerances. 

23 minutes ago, bob345 said:

whats your budget? There are plenty of fdm printers that have a 12x12 or larger build area. The first that springs to mind would be the gmax 1.5.

A bit skeptical of gCreate/gmax, it seems to be rebranded Chinese stuff off of Alibaba and Ali Express, it seems they just do the assembly here in the States. Lets say budget isn't an issue, but shouldn't be more than ~5k preferably, purchasing will be done not by me personally. 

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12 minutes ago, ionbasa said:

Not looking to build my own since I need decent tolerances. 

A bit skeptical of gCreate/gmax, it seems to be rebranded Chinese stuff off of Alibaba and Ali Express, it seems they just do the assembly here in the States. Lets say budget isn't an issue, but shouldn't be more than ~5k preferably, purchasing will be done not by me personally. 

if money is no issue, than look into Fortus and Dimension 3d printers. they have crazy good tolerence and large build areas. especially Fortus, which can have 15x15 inch build volumes

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For what it's worth the gMax's are assembled in Brooklyn NYC so you can expect pretty good customer service, I visited them last I was in the States. As a heads up though on any printer that large in that price bracket you'll not be printing in ABS, only PLA and prints can easily take days to complete.

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