From a conversation with Adrian yesterday. Now that the Vinyl cutter is being used more, it would be good to supply well for it. All of the vinyl we have for the vinyl cutter are scraps left over (I think) from when Ros bought it to DoES. It would be nice to buy some more rolls for it in various colours. so that people can use it more and have a good choice, without having to buy 5 metre rolls themselves. Unlike the Laser cutter materials, we don't have a good way of recouping the cost though.
We also don't do this for the 3D printer either , and so I wonder if it's worth adding that to the same principle as the Laser cutter? It may be a different user case.
Vinyl - roughly by the metre or half meter for rolls used (standard and speciality rolls) - just recouping the cost. Simple note on the wall and the same honesty pot as the laser. I think £2 a metre, £1 a half metre but I'll check.
3D printer, either by the length used (is that feasable), or roughly by weight? Is there another better way? Is it worth doing for these?
I spoke to some people and did some maths. I suggest.
Exactly the same as the laser...
The same as now, but easier to know how to contribute
The 3D printer is much cheaper to run for smaller prints, because it uses a precise amount of material. A very small print (1m of printed filament) might only cost 16p, but a larger one could easily be £2, putting it in the same field as the laser vinyl cutter materials.
It would be weird though to ask people to pay 16 pence for something, so I suggest we simply do what we do already, but make it easier to know how much you've used and contribute. We'll pop a cheap mini-scales next to the 3D printers, with a note giving the price by weight, and asking people to contribute. The same as we have now, simply adding a sense of scale. ;)
Talking with various people at makernight and in the office, this seems a fair reflection of feeling. Any comments?
(On Haberdashery, 100 metres (pre-print), or 840g of regular filament costs £28. Dividing the delivery by two lots of filament, it means that basic filament costs £3.57 per KG delivered, or £3.60 per 100 gram.)