I am a newly qualified secondary school teacher. I want to make a bid to our head for a prototyping machine for my students projects. I was attracted by 3d printers learning about them on my course but they are a bit outside our budget and Iím also worried about running costs...
I saw the Rapman at http://www.rap-man.com/rapman3d.htm
it is a lot cheaper than the dimension machines...
does anyone know if it works well, is it easy enough to build?
Is it cheap to run?
I also saw the Studiomill Educational CNC machine at http://www.corerobotics.co.uk/CR_Studiomill.html which looks a good CNC based solution though a lot more expensive than the Rapman, has anyone used it? With CNC I can use any material in the workshop but might CNC be more difficult to use?
Which will provide the best educational experience for my students CNC or 3D printing?
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I'd say 3D printing is much neater, because you're basically making something out of "nothing" - and that's more impressive.
With 3D CNC, you're taking something and removing bits from it to make it into something (also a bit wasteful). I'd certainly feel more of a wow factor from printing.
I would like to build a rep-rap machine (which the A1 machine looks like it's based on - http://reprap.org/bin/view/Main/WebHome is the main site) at some point in time (which means I've not built one, so don't know the complexities of it).
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