3D Printing Design & Innovation
We just came across this excellent list of free 3D Modelling and CAD tools for the creation of 3D printable files. 


To help our search for our first 3D Printer purchase we have compiled a list of different prices and specifications.
 All printers are costed as assembled excluding delivery. The information is accurate as of May 2013.

Price: £1450 
Bed size: 20 x 20 x 21.5 cm
Bed volume: 0.0084 cubic metres
Resolution: 0.0125 mm
Plastic Filament: 3 mm

Makerbot Replicator 2
Price: £1460 
Bed size: 25 x 16 x 15 cm
Bed volume: 0.006 cubic metres
Resolution: 0.09906 mm
Plastic Filament: 1.75 mm

Up! Mini
Price: £595
Bed size: 12 x 12 x 12 cm
Bed volume: 0.0017 cubic metres
Resolution: 0.02mm
Plastic Filament: 1.73mm 

Up! Plus
Price: £992
Bed size: 14 x 14 x 13.5 cm
Bed volume: 0.0026 cubic metres
Resolution: 0.015mm
Plastic Filament: 1.75mm