Proposal: 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, & Personal Manufacturing

Suggestion: since MakerBot is a specific brand, and "tinkerer" debases the effort that people put in, I suggest the phrase should be "users/developers of RepRap / Rep Strap" machines.

  • could the anonymous down-voter explain? Also, @James, you might want to move your suggestion for a replacement into an answer, so that people can vote the answer up/down separately from the question.
    – Dogmatixed
    Nov 18 '11 at 12:10

As sburlappp points out RepRap is another brand, but I'm not sure "fabber" is the best alternative.

Perhaps "users/developers of personal 3D printers", with 'personal' intended to convey those printers on the lower end of the price range?

Alternatively, "3D Printing hobbyists" might be more appropriate.

  • RepRap is more like a kind of printers where as Makerbot is really a brand and very difficult to extend.
    – powtac
    Feb 4 '12 at 12:49

RepRap is most definitely not a brand - it's more of a series of machine designs. More like saying "car" or "truck" than saying "Ford" or "Mack". Certain companies may (do!) sell RepRap machines but the term itself does not refer to a brand.

edit: and, to take a stab at being useful if not actually answering, I think the name should:

  • avoid company names
  • avoid specific styles (i.e.: RepRap, no offense!)
  • avoid "hobby" "experimental" etc since several companies are doing mainstream products

"Home 3D printing" (or "printers") isn't bad, IMO. Something like "non-industrial 3D printers" is probably better but a bit of a mouthful..

  • Possibly 'desktop 3D printer' as opposed to 'industrial'? Jan 31 '12 at 23:49
  • Desktop 3D printer isn't bad but some of these machines are far too big to put on a desk! You're never going to make semantically picky people like me really happy, though..
    – ddurant
    Feb 1 '12 at 0:20
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    why not 3d printers? may sound like we are calling ourselves 3d printers but it removes brands and scales making it a much wider scale of users. Feb 25 '12 at 6:45

RepRap is another specific brand, how about "fabber" instead?

  • Fabber seems to wide to me. It feels like a shortening of the word fabricator. Feb 25 '12 at 6:46

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