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Rapid Prototyper vs large CNC Router

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by tecteach, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. I am investigating the benefits of a Rapid Prototyper vs a large CNC router and would invite peoples thoughts. I currently have a Rapid Prototyper but find it slow to produce pupils work ie leaving it running overnight. However, as we are lucky enough to have a new school built I am told I can 'exchange' equipment as long as it is to the same value as we are not allowed to take any over, Therefore I thought about getting a CNC router so I can machine work instead of using a laser to cut out plywood as it doesnt always cut through and leaves a charred edge. This would mean sacrificing the Rapid Prototyper but based on how slow it is to build products this may not be a bad thing. Oh yes, I teach Product Design KS3 & 4.
  2. Thanks for your thoughts, we only have a small model makers lathe that does a decent job. We are selling all the kit in May 2012 according to our bursar.
    There is a legacy policy by all accounts whereby you can take some kit across as long as it is refurbished and has a three year warranty. To be honest, I am looking forward to trying out some new kit as some has not lived up to expectations shall we say !

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