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  • Nice!

    Sparkfun, you certainly go through a crap ton o' caption to find the gems.

  • DC in small currents really is not all that noticeable. I have gotten burns from DC as well. So I feel your pain there. Glad you spoke up and help people understand this. E-textiles are certainly going to be used more and more and having some good common sense practices for wearable tech is a good thing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Come to the parteah at Sparkfun! We gonna has Kiss ‘n’ Chips…errr…ummm… Ooh, like chocolate kisses and semiconductor chips…yeah…that was awkward… Hey Bill, lets not EVER talk about this EVER again. Okay Jeff, yeah, sorry man…

  • Thanks for linking to this. I just downloaded and am checking it out. Constraints based editing is the best!

  • That is exactly why I bought a kit printer in the first place. Big build area for one, but it contained the experience of real 3d printer professionals/enthusiasts. You always pay more for that experience. This Taz prebuilt one is no different in that regard. I have looked at a lot of printers and the Taz looks like a very solid printer.

    Even with a nice kit printer I put in over 20 hours getting it up and running.

  • I don’t think your numbers are accurate. This is roughly twice the cost of a kit Rostock Max. The Rostock requires 20+ hours assembly time. The Orion is $1400 and is prebuilt. However, the Taz looks to be mostly metal construction while the Orion and Rostock are wood for a good part of the frame. So I am betting the Taz is more robust. So I would say the price they have set for the Taz reflects the quality that is built into to it.

    Compared to a Makerbot the Taz is a steal. Most of the “cheap” 3D printers out there require a large amount of technical skill and assembly time. The Taz has a generous build area as well. I looked at the market for printers before buying my Rostock Max. I needed a much larger build area than most. To get a prebuilt with a generous build area quickly shot above the $3000 mark. The Taz seems to be right in the middle of that build area vs price from what I can tell.

    I do agree that Sparkfun should offer a kit printer at some point, but the Taz is a great start!

  • Way to go Sparkfun! I just bought a Rostock Max V2 a month ago. So while I am not in the market for a printer right now this looks like a very nice printer for the money. For people who do not know the print area on this printer is very nice for this price range (class) of printer, the frame looks like it is very solid as well.

    If this comes pre-assembled then this is a great printer for those who don’t want to build a kit.

    For design software I use Cubify Design from Cubify. It supports constraints based modeling with engineering units and many nice professional tools in the package. Cubify Design is designed to export to a 3D printer so it creates the proper models and STL files. The tech support team is excellent as well.

  • Just got 2 of these in. I modified one to fit the Yun and it fits well enough except it has some play. I noticed the holes line up properly on the Yun, but no screws are provided. Can you recommend a screw size for the posts?

  • IANAL I would think that the fact that a person does not lose their money either way makes this something other than a lottery. A customer makes a purchase, the result is A: the product was free, or B: the product costs the listed price. Either way the customer gets what they expected: the product. They do not lose any money. This itself should move it away from the intent of lottery law. The intent of lottery law is that you clarify that it is not gambling. There is no gambling or lottery here. You still get the product you intended to get by making a purchase. There is no big prize to draw people. It is simply a case where you might not have to pay.

    You did the right thing here. There was a potential issue, you might need legal advice to clarify this point, and it might be an unnecessary risk. Thanks for sharing your view on this topic. It is a really interesting read.

  • Holy crap SF! You helped me solve another engineering problem. I needed a small Arduino/Micro powered off of 12VDC prepacked. This fits the bill. Thanks!

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