zevn_dad wrote:My default would be a Sherline CNC mill instead of reprap.
Also, I noted through some tangential searches motivated by other posts on this site that Epilog has a small laser engraver/cutter (the Zing) with list price of just 8k. That is not too far from my own mental pipe-dream price point for acquiring one for personal use (subsidizing a bit with low volume farmed out engraving for family and friends.)
from NYC Resistors site:
What do we want to spend?
7 people raised their hands to put in $1000, 2 for $500. That's $8k right there.
How do we feel about leasing?
Leasing one would run about $250 a month. Generally its a 5-year lease. There are various leases, and we could get a 12 month lease as well.
How do we feel about leasing-to-own?
This is one of the most attractive options. We put money down, we pay monthly for the laser, and at the end, we have an option to purchase.
Not only that, but lease payments are *TAX DEDUCTIBLE!*. We could totally write off our laser cutter. That would be sick.
I think they ended up getting a Epilog Mini 24 35W, not sure how they paid for it.