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Old 03-22-2013, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would a 3D print withstand a paintball?

Title says it all. Would it? I've never even held a 3D print. Also, are they affordable?
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes and depends. Volume of material used to produce part (size of part) has alot to do with cost.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay sweet. Do you know of anyone on here or otherwise that does prints? Would staples or a company like it do it? I heard mention that staples does.
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What kind of part are you trying to print? What are you trying to do with it? I have access to a Prusa Mendel (my brother's). It's an open source, table-top printer. Part quality, accuracy, and strength are on the low end, but depending on your part and application it is still effective. I'd have to check to see how much the material costs. Like Elite said, size of the part/volume of material used determines the cost. For a quick prototype to check shape, you can make the part with a low fill density to save on material and speed up print time, but you sacrifice strength. And vice versa.

Alpha434 does 3D printing as well. His setup is much much better.
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Depends on the part and the print material. Heck, you can print in stainless steel.
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Looking to make a t8.1 compensator. Materials: would rather aluminum, but I probably wouldn't be able to afford it. I'd second for a hard plastic without issue though.
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