Whats the best 3d printer in Australia to buy?

I’ve been in the Australian 3d printing scene for nearly 6 years now and I have seen so many different 3d printers come and go. I have seen 3d printer shops in Sydney & Melbourne selling all kinds of systems. From a few hundred dollars to half a million dollars, that can print in metals, plastic, wood and all kinds of materials. Yes, this thing called 3D printing is happening and is affecting people and companies in so many different ways. The range of desktop 3D printers in the local market is huge and totally confusing for the first time buyer. Looking at systems on paper and comparing specifications is one thing, but the real fact is that 3D printers are involved, there are so many variables. some issues that can arise are, platform not level, nozzle to close, filament jams, tangled filament, not enclosed print environment that causes parts to warp, nozzle temperatures, print bed temperatures and the list goes on.

So yes, doing your homework to choose the best 3D printer by specifications on paper is one thing, but you need to be asking other questions first. Phone the local shop and ask to speak to support, make sure they have someone dedicated to answering the phones to deal with technical questions, they will arise! Check if the local shop has spare parts for the machine you are looking at. Can you purchase a 3 year warranty, even if you don’t want to purchase one, this is a good sign of how much the supplier believes in the 3d printer they are selling.

The friendly guys over at 3DPrintingSystems.com based in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have an excellent 3d printer buyers guide that you can download for free to find out the best 3d printers in the Australian market.
UP mini 2 3d printer

UP mini 2 3D printer

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Top 10 3D Printing stories of 2015

Take a look back at the top 10 3d printing stories of 2015. It’s been quite a year here at the 3D Printing Systems offices. I present to you, our top picks of 2015 with a couple of local Australian stories included.

10. World’s smallest 3d printed cordless drill

A kiwi holds the Guinness world record for the world’s smallest 3d printed working drill. Perfect for clearing the nozzle of your 3D printer!

9. The first 3d printed super car

A super-light sports car with a 3d printed chassis that is breaking the boundaries of traditional manufacturing.

8. Glowforge 3d laser printer

Not technically related to 3d printing, but what a perfect tool to be used with any 3d printer. They have raised nearly 30 million dollars in 30 days.

7. Cancer Patient Receives 3d printed sternum and Ribs in a first of its kind surgery.

3d printing really proves its worth in the medical sector. This Australian based company is changing lives with its development of surgical implants for cancer patients.

6. The Year of the 3D Printed Prosthetic

3d-printable prosthetics are also changing the face of medicine as it allows anyone to customise for the wearer and print at home. e-NABLE, a network of passionate volunteers, is lending a “helping hand” to those in need.

5. Five Story apartment 3D Printed

We saw some super huge 3d printers created this year, but the biggest object printed goes to this five-story apartment using recycled materials. 

4. Fast 3d printing – Carbon 3D

3d printing has long been known as a slow process, this year was a breakthrough in speed with the Carbon 3d.

3. First 3D Printed Parts In Space

We saw the first 3d printer launched into space, printing spare parts that would normally take months to obtain.

2. 3D Printed Jet Engine

A world first and a first for Australia, CSIRO take-off with their 3d printed jet engine. 

1. 3D Printing with Glass

Taking an old world material and revolutionizing its development in 2015.

Best printed object of 2015

My personal favorite as far as 3d prints go is this 3d printed 787 Jet engine. Watch at the 3-minute mark, where the thrust reverser is deployed.

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David Kitson of Western Australia riding his petrol/electric hybrid bicycle - a world first.

Revolutionary Bicycle Hybrid Built With Desktop 3D Printer

Can you believe that using only an old bike and an UP Mini 3D printer, David Kitson from Western Australia has built the world’s first hybrid petrol/electric bicycle.  Continue Reading →

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This Week in 3D Printing 10 July 2015

3D Printed Guitar

Michael Tyson, of Adelaide, has created an elegant French Suits themed guitar on his UP BOX. Using the large build area he was able to construct the body of the beast in 4 lightweight sections Continue Reading →

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This Week in 3D Printing – 30 April 2015

This week in 3D printing, meet 3D Printing Systems at Austech, how 3D printing makes honey and money, an electroplating machine, 3D printing heads to court and more. Continue Reading →

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This week in 3D Printing – 24 April 2015

This week in 3D printing; our pick of the best, most interesting and intriguing 3D printing stories. 4D printing, new hackerspace for people with disability, 3D printed face and more. Continue Reading →

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Stratasys under fire over Makerbot acquisition

On 20 February 2015, a lawsuit was filed against Stratasys by the City of Hollywood Police Officer’s Retirement System. Continue Reading →

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A 3D-printed model of the Homunculus Nebula is compared to a Hubble Space Telescope image of the object.
Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Ed Campion

Stars come to Earth with 3D Printing

The brightest and largest star system within 10,000 light years from us, Eta Carinae has been brought to Earth. Made of two massive stars surrounded by luminous gas, this complex system has been difficult to study. Now, thanks to 3D printing, it is that little bit easier. Continue Reading →

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OzNerfNerd Upgrade for your Elite Alpha Trooper

If you love Nerf guns and upgrades, then the upgrade kit from OzNerfNerd is the perfect gift for yourself. This kit improves on the performance of the Nerf Elite Alpha Trooper and adds length to the stock thanks to a 3D printed extension. Continue Reading →

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Australia develops bio 3D printing for injury treatment

It always starts off as a dream. To change the world. A dream so big, that nobody thought it possible. That is what Associate Professor Mia Woodruff, from Queensland  University of Technology’s Biomaterials and Tissue Morphology Group has. A dream so big that even today people will doubt it to be possible. What is the dream you ask? Continue Reading →

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