I was binge-watching Marvel’s latest television show, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe called Runaways. One of the characters is a tech genius with an affinity for building super-powered gadgets called the Fistigon. Imagine my surprise when I saw those Fistigons being printed with a 3D printer (see screencap above), with a model and brand that I was not familiar with at the time: Stratasys J750
So I googled for the name and behold, the brand and model does indeed exist and was not a figment of Marvel’s imagination. It does say that the price is super hefty though. I wonder who at Marvel made a decision to buy a super-expensive 3D printer to be used on set, when they could actually go for a cheaper model instead?
In addition to the Ultimaker and Formlab’s Form 2, I am also looking into the MakerBot Replicator Z18. The price tag is definitely hefty but considering the things that it could do and deliver, I would say that it is well justified. It is supersized, meaning that large 3D prints can be made.
Seriously considering it as one of the choices to decide on!
Lately I have been researching and reading up on 3D printing and 3D printing machines. I am slowly discovering the joy of 3D printing and actually tested out a 3D printout with a provider nearby (will probably blog about that later). In the meantime here is an interesting video on where to obtain your 3D printing machine, should you buy those cheap 3D printing machines that come from China?
For me, personally, although these 3D printing machines from China would be cost effective, I do not think I will get them. I am opting to go for a branded printing machine that may be a bit expensive, but does not compromise on quality and easy to use for a neophyte like me. Specifically, I am looking into the Ultimaker 2+ and FormLab’s Form 2. These machines cost between RM14K – RM18K but I do not mind spending that much if I know that I can find a use for it. At the moment, I am still exploring the pros and cons of 3D printing, so buying a 3D printing machine is still a faraway dream.