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Laser cutter or 3D printer?

#21
That's quite an idea!

Here's what I have in mind currently. Going with all the info you guys gave me (thanks so much for all the info btw, you guys are absolutely amazing :D ) and since I will use a laser cutter primarily for PCB etching and other small stuff, I figured I would be better off with a small, low power laser cutter, such as this:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/A5-...012627b&transAbTest=ae803_1&priceBeautifyAB=0
(good lord that link is massive)

I would also add in a creality cr-10 printer and maybe an E3D hotend (I don't mind fiddling about and modifying stuff, tends to yeild intresting results!). Is the creality a good choice or should I go for a MK2S?



It would be absolutely amazing if you could post a list up here! Thanks!

I hugely appreciate all you guys' contribution. You guys rock!

If you want to etch your own PCB's, that awesome, but keep in mind that if that's what you want your CNC for you may end up saving money ordering the boards online. If you are geeking out and just want to try it for yourself, mad respect, I do the same kinds of things. But for my opinion as a computer engineer, if you want a cost-effective way to get PCB's (unless you are going to spin a TON of boards), ordering them online will save you time and money. Yeah, the lead times aren't as quick, but they do all the work for you!

The YouTube channel GreatScott recommends these guys: https://jlcpcb.com/
 
#23
If you want to etch your own PCB's, that awesome, but keep in mind that if that's what you want your CNC for you may end up saving money ordering the boards online. If you are geeking out and just want to try it for yourself, mad respect, I do the same kinds of things. But for my opinion as a computer engineer, if you want a cost-effective way to get PCB's (unless you are going to spin a TON of boards), ordering them online will save you time and money. Yeah, the lead times aren't as quick, but they do all the work for you!

The YouTube channel GreatScott recommends these guys: https://jlcpcb.com/
Good point actually. I considered it earlier but it didn't seem too appealing to wait for shipping as I live in quite a remote part of the world where a shipment from china takes a few dozen decades :) And yeah I guess I'm quite the geek too!

That is however, as i said earlier, quite a good point. I will order boards online when I finish prototyping and finalizing my designs, just to get the absolutely amazing finish they come with!
 

sprzout

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#24
lol :) Thanks for all your advice, I will "Go the way of the printer" (<< say in a very emotive tone like what people use when they say 'go the way of your master") :)
Once again, thanks!
Sounds good! Now, just make sure you show us the first things you print on it! My father has found a TON of stuff on Thingiverse and My Mini 3D factory that he's been printing, like drink coasters from Doctor Who, Dice Towers for our board game friends (you drop dice in the top, they tumble down through it and come out into a tray at the bottom, rather than having the dice go all over the table with an enthusiastic throw), an oven knob after one broke (apparently, 1 knob was something like $40 to replace it; he was able to make something that looked almost identical and spray painted it the same flat black as the original)...It's funny, you'll be looking for things to print. :)

Oh, and odd as this sounds, it's soothing to watch the printer print stuff. You know what the end item is supposed to look like; watching it build up is really cool. My wife has sat for over an hour, watching a succulents planter in the shape of a turtle, get printed!!!
 
#25
Now, just make sure you show us the first things you print on it!
I second that!

And, might I suggest this;
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:763622
It's an object that has become the "standard" for test prints. Read the description to see that while looking simple, there was actually a lot of thought about the geometry of the design to help you tune your 3D printer to it's maximum potential.
I use it every time I try a new filament brand to "dial it in" as they say.
 
#26
I've yet to build a plane but I have a 3d printer and a laser. I have to say, I'd have a heck of a time deciding! Either one will be very useful. Probably comes down to how you think.
Something no one has mentioned is speed. I could laser cut 50 control arms in the time I could print out one. On the other hand, the 3d printer can yield things that the laser can't.