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3D Print and the Total Cost of Ownership

The recent introductions from both HP and Carbon have not only affected how we can produce functional parts in new print processes but they are also approaching the investment in two very distinct ways. Carbon only leases their solutions for a specified period of time with no true ownership – similar to the way software licenses have gone to subscription models. HP has chosen to create an open powder platform that they believe will drive down consumable prices to lower the cost per print

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Repair STL Files with Netfabb

Netfabb basic is a free software designed with 3D printing in mind. I use it to check and automatically repair bad STL files before printing. The last thing I want is to have a large build fail half way through, wasting time and print material. It also has the ability to open over 20 different CAD formats, making it easy for me to handle the multitude of different files I receive for printing. It can be upgraded to a pro version that allows for many more features but for most of my applications, the free version is great.

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