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    Oh, you’re completely right — 3D printing services are definitely an option. I didn’t mean to imply that they weren’t.

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    mr_maxime,
    nylon printers are now $10,000. Time's are changing as tech matures!

    https://formlabs.com/3d-printers/fuse-1/

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    DesignSpark Mechanical

    This design program looks more like what I need. I don't need animation. I don't like the cloud software which seems to run very slow on my 20 MBit internet. I installed this program (takes about half hour) and have imported my .stl file but need to play with this awhile. This looks like a great program to design gears.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXgMY3-hlgs
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    Quote Originally Posted by megamanex View Post
    mr_maxime,
    nylon printers are now $10,000. Time's are changing as tech matures!

    https://formlabs.com/3d-printers/fuse-1/
    That's definitely one I wasn't aware of. That one is laser sintering. The ones I was referring to are HP's multi jet fusion which is a different process. That's also an estimate gathered from other websites because HP doesnt list the price. I have no idea how the different processes affect the parts though.

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    It's pretty fun.
    Laser sintering to nylon but the HP multijet is similar to the objet in how it lays down the material. Both are great processes though I believe the HP setup is a pseudo subscription base.

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    I ordered a mouse for my computer. Have not needed a mouse since I lost my job 5 years ago. It looks like the FORM 3 printers have a 3 month ship delay. I'm still not ready to buy one yet anyway.
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    I haven't take time to read all the comments so I apologize for any duplication.

    Printers - There are two main types of printers - FDM and SLA
    FDM is the filament style printer. SLA uses light cured liquid resin.
    You said resolution was a concern so SLA will give you the best resolution however it comes with a cost on several fronts - price of machine, price of resin, and the prints take longer. You also must rinse the prints in isopropyl alcohol and post cure the resin under UV light. Not to mention the resin is "dangerous" - you don't want to get it on your skin or eyes.
    FDM is relatively quick to print but you can get much larger build area. The drawback is visible layer lines but they can be removed with sanding... some FDM material is easier to sand than others.

    In regards to modeling software, I use Fusion 360 from Autodesk. It's free to non-commercial users.
    Past versions (and Free versions) of Sketchup weren't really designed for modeling 3D components meant to be printed. Maybe that's changed. Don't know.

    Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    I ordered a mouse for my computer. Have not needed a mouse since I lost my job 5 years ago. It looks like the FORM 3 printers have a 3 month ship delay. I'm still not ready to buy one yet anyway.
    Regular mouse?

    I use this at work https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079V4PXYD..._p47NDbKM1GGA9 100% worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_maxime View Post
    Regular mouse?

    I use this at work https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079V4PXYD..._p47NDbKM1GGA9 100% worth it
    Wow. That looks cool. Yes I just bought a regular mouse. I will have to look at some reviews of that 3D mouse.
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    I actually wrote the Spaceball/3D mouse implementation for Modo. They’re neat, but for whatever reason I could never get into really using one, but some of our users swear by them (in combination with a normal mouse or tablet).

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