My printer of choice would be the Afinia.

 We have been using one here at our school for 2 years now and I have been using my own at home for 1.5 years. I have had experience with several makes of printer and so far, the Afinia beats them all for ease of use/repair, quiet operation, ability to use non proprietary ABS and PLA and quality of prints.

While the Afinia has it's own software for slicing and printing, it plays nicely with every 3D modeling program I have thrown at it.

The printer costs about $1,300 new and the cost of feeding it really depends upon the filament you choose to use. A spool of premium Afinia brand ABS runs about $49...but I have used less expensive (as low as $20) off brands with success as well.

For Chromebook users, I would recommend the following 3D programs for modeling

3d Design Something
Smoothie (for creating a 3D model from a single photograph)
and if you are feeling super technical

For pc users

3D Design Something
Blender (if you are feeling ambitious...Blender is open source and free and very powerful, but has a pretty steep learning curve)



All of the above programs are free and quite suitable for school users.

On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 8:55 AM, Dave Hansen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Wise list folks:

Our student council is raising money to purchase a 3-D Printer for our middle school.  I'm looking for feedback on favorite models.  Some considerations are total cost of ownership (ie. what does it cost to feed the printer), use of recycled materials, ease of use, and compatibility with cross platform/open source software.  We are primarily a Chromebook school although students do have access to Windows PC's.

Thanks in advance.

Dave Hansen
SVSU Technology Specialist


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