Find out more about 3-D printing online. Here are some resources, as well as more information about the 3-D printer being sold in Oklahoma City, the MendelMax 2:
Maker's Tool Works
For information about Maker's Tool Works, the Oklahoma City-based company now selling the MendelMax 2 3-D printer, go to makerstoolworks.com.
The company's standard printer is $1,595 for a kit that buyers build themselves. Like many 3-D printers, the MendelMax can use several different types of plastic filament to print — including the botanically derived Polylactic Acid, or PLA, or the strong, petroleum-based acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Lego bricks use ABS, for example.
The filament to supply the printer costs $36 per kilogram, and a 1-inch by 1-inch by 1-inch solid cube would cost about 15 cents to print, Makers Tool Works CEO Jeff Davis said. The printer can print objects about 12 inches high and 8 to 9 inches wide. How many objects a spool of filament will print depends on the density of the print that people choose, similar to the “fast draft” or “best quality” settings choices available for paper printers.