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Hey Hans, It is a great time to buy a 3D printer. There are some really hassle free machines on the market that can produce great results. However, what you need to understand is that buying a printer means, at the bare miumum: 1. learning to use a slicing software like Cura or PrusaSlicer 2. Spending a few days initially calibrating the machine 3. Spending enough money to get an out of the box great device Most of the 3D printer world is still built around buying a cheap device and upgrading it over time to make it wonderful. If your company wants something they can use right now, its gonna cost a little more, but it need not cost a fortune. The selection of a device depends mostly on your budget range and size needs, but one printer that is well know for minimal fuss and high accuracy is the Prusa i3 Mk3 https://shop.prusa3d.com/en/3d-printers/181-original-prusa-i3-mk3-3d-printer.html If I needed a detail oriented 3D printer with high reliability, this would be my first choice. This is because above all else, this printer is known for working well in a print farm setting. In terms of work flow, I build all my models in VW and save them as a VW file type. Then I export them as STL or as 3MF for slicing (3MF is preferred). Run that file through a slicer software like PrusaSlicer or Cura and then you should have the G-code ready to be printed. Most Printers do not have any networking capabilities stock, but you can easily network a printer over Wifi using a $30 Raspbery pi3 B+ and a software called Octoprint. Once the printer is networked over Wifi, it becomes trivially easy to send files and make prints, even from multiple different desks or offices. Hope some of that helps.
Hello all, I am in the market for a new laptop as mine is four years old and is starting to do some concerning crashing. I currently run an alienware 15 R3, which is a heavy beast. I have shopped around and landed on either a Dell XPS 15 or a HP Spectre X360 (Specs below.) I love these devices because they are thinner and lighter than my current laptop, they have a touchscreen which works well with Eos, and they have great battery life. However I am concerned that they wont be good enough in terms of graphics. My current laptop runs a GTX 1060-6GB. That GPU outpaces the one in these suggested laptops (GTX 1650) by nearly a 30% margin. That said, I have seen people run Vectorworks for 3D applications like mine on a 16" macbook pro. A 16" MBP has a mere 5300M as a GPU and they seem to be doing just fine despite the fact that the 5300M and is outpaced by my current GTX-1060 by a whopping 60% margin. I would conclude that a GTX-1650 is probably adequate for my specific needs, but I am unsure. Further, the newer CPU's in these suggested machines offer a performance boost of about 24%. I would in total, be trading down some GPU power to gain lighter weight, better battery life, better display, and more CPU power. Do you think this is worth it? If your wondering where I got the comparison numbers: https://www.userbenchmark.com/ What I do: I am a lighting designer who uses vectorworks spotlight to create 2D light plots and 3D entertainment venues I do a lot of 3D work in open GL, hidden line, or wireframe I do not use renderworks and I do not render any 3D images for export I do not use 3D textures I only model things in 3D so that I can see a realistic cross section of a light fixtures light beam in the wireframe "Draw beam" mode. My questions: 1. Is a GTX 1650-4GB sufficient for these applications? Take into account the laptops display is 4K 2. Do you think the increased CPU power of these laptops will make any real difference? +24% Laptops in question: Current model, Alienware 15 R3 CPU: 7700HQ GPU: GTX-1060-6GB RAM: 16GB 2400Mhz Display: 1920X1080 60Hz 15.6" Storage: 1tb 7200RPM + 256gb SSD Option 1, Dell XPS 15 7590 CPU: 9750H GPU: GTX-1650-4GB RAM: 16GB 2666Mhz Display: 3840X2160 60Hz 15.6" Storage: 1tb SSD Option 2, HP Spectre X360 CPU: 9750H GPU: GTX-1650-4GB RAM: 16GB 2666Mhz Display: 3840X2160 60Hz 15.6" Storage: 1tb SSD Thank you all for any advice or discussions. Alternative device recommendations are welcome.