At first, just the concept of 3D printing and what we could do with it was the focus. That still reigns true in the highest echelons of additive manufacturing where extremely high-quality components are made in dedicated factory areas for aerospace, automotive, medical, and more uses.
As more of us want to get in on trying out this new creative process, however, which can be a boon for both entrepreneurs and designers alike, the desktop community conversation becomes larger. Issues arise. What about all this material we’re using and wasting? What can we recycle? How can we get better quality? And most all of, how can we get better affordability so that everyone, and especially students, can add digital design and 3D printing to their skillsets?
It’s true that the times are a-changin’ due to incredibly innovative new processes—but now, so are many of the prices. On a daily basis, it’s obvious that the needs of makers, globally, are being heard when it comes to affordability issues. Luckily, many of the companies that create and produce 3D printing equipment and materials are comprised of makers themselves, so they understand the needs of their community firsthand, and are motivated to make intuitive, integrated changes in product development, as well as pricing.
German RepRap is certainly on board with what their customers need, and want. Users generally need lower prices, and they definitely want to make more 3D models. Announcing today that they are slashing filament prices by more than 40 percent, German RepRap will offer their premium PLA for €29.90 for a 750g spool.
Made in Germany, the premium 1.75mm PLA filament is not only affordable, but high quality, made in special batches, and offering a product to their users that will allow for precise, predictable 3D printing.
“German RepRap has hired specialized synthetics engineers providing quality control as well as developing new filaments,” representative Stefanie Schneider told 3DPrint.com. “The filament can be used in all 3D printers that use manufacture-independent filament, and there is a large range of colors available.”
Originally founded in 2010 as the German RepRap Foundation—dedicated to the RepRap concept and community–the company has progressed not only with a slight name change to German RepRap GmbH, but has branched out into providing 3D printing solutions including 3D printers like the X400 and X1000 series, as well as 3D scanners, software, and materials and accessories. Notably, German RepRap is the first 3D printing solutions provider in Germany to provide, with the X400, a large-capacity 3D printer for the professional setting.
German RepRap users are engaged in using 3D printing for art, design, architecture, student projects in learning institutions, as well as for many hobby uses and other endeavors.
They are one of only a few companies selling the large 2.1kg, 1.75mm filament spools, with German RepRap Premium PLA available only from their German RepRap online shop or accredited international resellers. German RepRap offers international shipping.
Have you taken a look at the German RepRap products, or are you a user of their 3D printing solutions and accessories? Discuss in the German RepRap Slashes 3D Printing Filament Prices forum thread over at 3DPB.com.