If it's like most other printers of this kind the base plate is metal and the resin grows straight off it.
Based on the weight of the resin in the bottle and the resin density quoted on the data sheet it looks like the cost of parts will be around $2 per cubic centimetre. The 'Analyse' button on Rhino will give the volume of any model. I've just checked a few of mine and I was surprised how cheap they would be. These figures are my best goes and I apologise to all of you and Asiga if I'm wrong. I've emailed the company to check the prices. I'll post any reply I get from them.
also how long is the shelf life of the juice once opened?
if you really want a good 3d-printer, take a look at this.
Seen this in action last weekend at the Inhorgenta 2012 in Münich, Germany and the results are really extraordinary. Very fine finish in the wax, and very little filing and polishing for the finished jewelry.
Costs about € 40000,- but if you need very fine detail, it's worth it.
The surface finish of the two machines is very, very close. The build time is also very similar.
The really big advantage is the running costs and the initial investment, $6,990 compared to €40,000 is a huge difference !
The Envisiontec machine is certainly more versatile because it offers the option of using a flexible mould material which I have been told can be used to inject wax for making models to cast. It also goes a long way to 'curing' all the resins because it uses a lamp where the Asiga is LED and needs to be cured separately.
I can comfortably afford to buy a machine for $6,990 and will be on a plane to America as soon as they are available.
A machine for €40,000 for me and most other users I know who have Rhino and Rhino Gold is only a dream !
I think is better visit this web page:
Asiga now have a clock on their website counting down to Saturday when their online store will be open for orders......
Yea i would be interested in it. Would like a lot more info as mentioned here. Cost per piece. life of bottle of resin and how much used to do a ring. Seems like a little bottle if you use it fast. Would like to see a vid of it in action.
My Husband and I are very keen on getting a 3D printer hopefully very soon and have become interested in both the asiga and the high resolution projet printer. anyone here have any thoughts on which one would be better? Julian, I would be very interested to hear from you once you have yours running!
that first one is the UP printer which I initially thought had a bit too 'rough' finish for jewellery and the second one looks like it only prints down to 50 microns no lower . . unless I am wrong - someone correct me? thanks for posting those though Pat!
it's so hard to find anyone with a printer here that prints in super high res and is castable to boot - by here I mean New Zealand. If anyone on this forum knows of anyone who has high res 3D printing services available here please let me know! I have already exhausted the university's printing capabilities (not quite fine enough for jewellery or prints in a powdery material not very suitable for casting)
Like a lot of people I am still waiting for information from the Asiga team regarding a few simple questions.
At the moment I am all ready to order the machine, but living in England with no local agent yet I'm a long way from help if anything goes wrong.
I'm also put off by the 4 to 6 week delivery ? Is that to comfortably allow delivery to anywhere in the world or are they not actually on the shelf yet ready to be sent out ?
I also feel that it would be nice to act as a 'guinea pig' on behalf of all the other people out there who are hesitant about paying out. A lot of you have helped me over the past few years so maybe it's my turn now ?
a micron = 1/1000 of a millimeter...50 microns = .05mm I think that's good enough for jewelry work I think the things to think about is the material used, how much it cost, and if your like me you will make some 'mistakes' in the beginning and only notice it after the fact then you'll have to start all over again,so you may need 'extra' material, shelf life, where you can buy the material (only from the company?) and what happens if they go out of buisness can you still get the material, how fast does it print, any 'parts' need to replaced ...lots of things to think about..or just get an 'name' brand printer apx $30,000-$80,000 ask the same questions ..then weigh all these factors and caculate how many jobs it will take to 'pay for itself' or how many jobs do you think you will really be doing if your a jewelry factory you'd probably want the more exspensive machines or we can wait for julian ....I might research the one on you tube with the plastic wire feed