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Editor’s Pick: A New Dimension in 3D Printer Pricing?

By Anthony J. Lockwood

Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:

I doubled dipped on the altruism front recently. I bought my wife a big HDTV for her birthday, thereby boosting February’s consumer spending figures while enhancing her viewing experience in a single “just for you, Lovey” manly action. We had considered buying one for a long time, but they were too costly. But now was the time. The price was right. The same can be said about rapid technologies. Now is the time to commit: Dimension 3D Printing has lowered the price of its Dimension 1200es line of 3D printers.

Dimension 1200es 3D printers are the real deal. Now, let me digress here. People always talk up rapid prototyping systems as communications tools and that they provide a cost-effective, faster alternative to third-party service outfits for producing prototypes for such jobs as functional testing, proof of concept, or product mockups. All true. But the more important attribute, especially in this economy, is that your Dimension 1200es helps you shorten design cycles and reduce scrap and rework, making and saving you money.

Say what? You see, you know that you can use the Dimension 1200es to print out a part or a bunch of parts whenever you want. But you might have repressed how Murphy torments you most often: As soon as you turn your beautifully rendered model into a physical thing, you see its hideous flaw. So, by exposing design flaws from the earliest, least-expensive-to-fix stages of your process forward, the Dimension 1200es helps you better your chances of producing a finished, shippable product on time and with little or no scrap or last-minute rework cost overruns.

Now, back to the Dimension 1200es as the real deal. The line has a 10 in. x 10 in. x 12 in. build size and comes with the software to handle all the details to get your part prototyped. They are network-ready and office-friendly. Designed for unattended operation, they can send you status reports through e-mail or a pager or even post to the Web. They can prototype in ABSplus, a thermoplastic used in plastic injection molding because of its strength and surface finish characteristics. But the realest of real deals is that they are a steal with prices starting at $18,900 for the Dimension BST 1200es.

No technology that I have covered over the last 14 years has generated as much desire nor has had as many engineers prowling around it like cats around a mouse as have rapid prototyping systems. Now is the time to commit and retool your process. The price is right. Check out the new pricing and technical specs of the Dimension 1200es 3D printer line in today’s pick of the week write-up. You’ll find plenty of links to more details.

Read today’s Pick of the Week write-up.

Thanks, Pal. — Lockwood

Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering Magazine

About Anthony J. Lockwood

Anthony J. Lockwood is Desktop Engineering's Editor-at-Large. Contact him via de-editors@deskeng.com.
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