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    Default Affordable 3D Metal(ish?) Printer - Low Tolerance/Hobby Use

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    I collect and restore classic cars and, lately, vintage chainsaws.

    I am interested in 3D printing in metal or something close to it. For starters, I'm looking at exterior chainsaw parts (cylinder covers, clutch covers, etc) that are relatively low tolerance. The originals are magnesium alloy.

    I understand you can use plastic filament with added metal powders (up to 85% metal?) to get something that resembles metal.

    That's what I'm interested in -- an inexpensive (less than $1,000?) printer that has the capability to print parts in plastic and something close to metal.

    Curious to hear if anyone has any experience or input.

    Here's a sample part - clutch cover (roughly 7" x 8") for a Jonsered Raket XF chainsaw - a 1960's era 110 cc muscle saw. Casting might be easier, but with a part this thin, I'm not sure casting is the way to go.





    Thanks,

    Scott
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    What about a 3d printing service such as shapeways? Not sure on the details, but I think they do sintered steel infused with bronze.


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