[hackerspaces] Cost sharing for lasers and 3D printers?

charlie wallace charlie at finitemonkeys.com
Sat Jan 19 05:28:23 CET 2013

Pardon me for disagreeing Works just fine for us.

Your mileage may vary. We have a lot of similar equipment with as high or
higher running costs like the pcb cnc and reverse pulse electroplater

On Jan 18, 2013 8:11 PM, "Mark Atwood" <me at mark.atwood.name> wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM, charlie wallace
> <charlie at finitemonkeys.com> wrote:
> > we just supply the machine, space and electricity and knowledge for free,
> That doesn't work so well for laser cutters.  The tubes are good for
> only so many hours, and then they burn out.   And they are not cheap.
>  I've looked into laster cutters and that TCO costs, and there is a
> hard bottom floor of about 25 cents a minutes *just* for tube wear.
> And then you will spent N hours a week just keeping the XY drive unit
> properly tensioned, the fans and ducts for the venting clear, etc etc
> etc.
> They are not anywhere near "print and forget" as a modern xerographic
> printer.
> ..m
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