I purchased an old Gotlieb 3-way strength tester off e-bay. When I opened it up, I discovered that one of the pieces was broken into four pieces. It is made of pot metal. I've purchased some muggy weld, which is supposed to work on pot metal. However, upon closer inspection and looking at working machines, I can see that another piece broke off and is missing. I thought about fabricating a replacement part from metal; however, given the complexity of the shape, it seems like 3d printing would be my best option. Added incentive is another project, which will require fabricating a couple of parts.
Here is my criteria...I'd like minimum bed size of 8x8x4 I will need to use a filament that will produce a part that is strong and stiff (recommendations), I also need easy to use software to draw parts. I would like it to be able to create prototype parts fairly quickly, but don't care how long a finished product takes to produce. Getting a kit is fine, assuming it doesn't require a mechanical engineer to put together properly. Now the biggest constraint. I want to be under $300 for the printer + software (I'm fine with free software...more money for the printer)