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WalshR

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Lease-able 3-D Printer?
« on: May 29, 2012, 02:43:49 PM »
I'm a teacher at a small independent school in Winter Haven, and I'm ecstatic to have stumbled on information about FamiLAB.  It looks like much of what we're starting to do at our school has already happened in Orlando, and I'm looking forward to visiting during next Tuesday's open house.


On June 11, my school and a group from NuVu Studios are putting on a four-week summer innovation camp, and we're looking for a 3-D printer (and maybe a laser cutter) that we can lease during that time.  If possible, we're looking for a Makerbot, uPrint, or Dimension.  Does anyone know from where we might be able to lease one?


Thank you so much for any help!

Matt

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Re: Lease-able 3-D Printer?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 03:53:48 PM »
Welcome! the makers of the uPrint http://www.stratasys.com/ claim to have leasing options but I'm not sure if they are up for a short term lease like you would need. I would strongly suggest you avoid the more DIY style printers (maker bot is still very much DIY level despite coming pre-assembled). They require significant care and feeding. However, if your goal is to expose the kids to all of the trials, tribulations, and rewards that come from owning a DIY 3D printer then disregard my previous statement :). I'm not sure about leasing laser cutters but that might actually be an easier proposition. You can contact Epilog and Full spectrum to see if they lease equipment. Full spectrum has a 24mo "lease" option listed but I don't see anything with shorter terms. Full spectrum is the brand we have at the lab if you want to check it out at the open house.
-Matt