Let me explain what this is and what it gets you.
What this is... is a tease. This is a lower end model. It wont produce small parts with high detail. This is a model that is mostly set up for a high school shop class. Its no frills. When you buy it you get a set of instructions and you are on your own. To put it into simpler terms, if you want to make Weebles or Fisher Price Peg Figures, then its perfect for that.
First, there are 3 parts to a system. The printer. The Scanner. And the Software to tie it all together. Now you can still make parts with just the printer, but you need a file. You need to have a file that the printer can read. Without this file you cant make squat. So you need the software to make the files. If you have a Scanner, you'll also need the tie in software for that. Software can run into the 10's of thousands of dollars.
Here is what I am expecting based on the research I have done. A BASIC 3D printer will run me around $15,000. For that price the company sends a tech to my house. He sets up the equipment and shows me how to operate it.
There are a few different types of scanners and they ARE expensive. A remote hand held scanner is about $50,000. But you can pick up a decent smaller used stationary scanner for about $5000-$10,000.
Now you need the software to make the files for the printer and/or collect the data from the scanner, and convert it into a file for the 3D printer. The more you know, the less the software costs. The less you want to do, the more the software costs. Because I dont know much at this point, the software would cost me way more than someone with 3D knowledge because I would need the computer to do most of the work. The software, based on what I have found will run me about $5000 to $15,000 and from what I understand excellent software will run me closer to $20, 000.
This is no easy task and I would need to take a few classes to learn the basics of the software. I am expecting to pay about $10, 000 to $15, 000 for the software.
So $15,000 (printer) + $5000 (Used Scanner) + $10,000 (Moderate Software) = $30, 000 And you might be able to pick up a good used printer too. Bringing the final total even lower.
So $1300 for a 3D printer??? I would be reading the fine print very carefully before I bought one of these. The price is tempting...but you get what you pay for and not a thing more. Its a no frills printer. And me..I am too poor to buy cheap.