Given we have access to funds how would people feel about upgrading 3D printing capabilities.
So looking at building up a 3d printer from the left overs of a Prusia upgrade to ultimately replace the Mendel Max, meaning we will have two traditional FDM printers available for use in the space.
Now for another printer I have two potential ideas. Either we can go with a dual extruder printer which will allow for printing with two separate materials, for example a normal PLA/PETG material with a soluble material filament for printing dissolvable printing materials. This would allow for complex objects to be printed, with easily removable supports. Alternatively it would allow printing with two colours of the same material.
The second candidate is to get an Stereolithography (SLA) printer, which is good for printing highly detailed models as it can print layer heights from 25 μm to 100 μm where as traditional FDM printers tend to print layer heights at around 100 μm. So they are good for highly detailed work, where you don’t want to see the layers. The draw back is the post processing required with curing.
I know some will ask about Delta Printers which is a traditional FDM printer that is able to do a quicker print. However I do not think speed is an important factor, also given Delta printers have bowden style extruders this makes them bad with flexible and unusual filaments. They also tend to have smaller x and y build areas