The RapMan model is sold in kit form for around £1000. It is clear that Design and Technology departments in schools are starting to buy these machines too. The alternative, commercial machines are prohibitively expensive for most schools.
|RapMan 3D Printer form BitsFromBytes|
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These machines offer a fantastic opportunity to realise physical objects made from their 3D cad designs. There are many websites springing up to compliment this low-cost area of manufacturing, many of which have great examples to get started on and lesson ideas.
I've put list of links to CADCAM resources, websites and free software here - CADCAM