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hopeitfloats

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what to look for in a 3d printer
« on: January 06, 2019, 05:14:32 AM »

hi guys. im looking at buying a 3d printer in the not to distant future. would any of the members be able to advise me what I need to look for as far as specifications etc. taking into account im obviously a beginner and not that tech savvy. thanks
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Re: what to look for in a 3d printer
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2019, 06:34:15 AM »

This is quite and involved topic. It is definitely worth doing a Google search on this.
The technology is moving forward pretty quickly. This link seems up to date (at today Jan 2019). https://all3dp.com/how-to-buy-a-3d-printer/
There are a lot of online guides, but be careful as some of the reviews are not up to date, as are some of the youtube videos on choosing a printer.
If you are just dabbling it is worth considering a 2nd hand printer, there are lots of aftermarket upgrades. This can save you a lot of money and you will get to know your machine very well.  There is a lot of info on buying used printers on the Web as well.


There are also FREE courses on 3D printing, like this one https://www.instructables.com/class/Beginner-3D-Printing-Class/. Doing a couple of these  short course may also help you decide what type of printer you want to buy. You need to register with the Instructables website, but there is no spam and lots of interesting other stuff on there.
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Re: what to look for in a 3d printer
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2019, 10:19:53 AM »

All3dp.com is a good place to start, but there is a lot of crap advice out there about buying a 3d printer so be careful. Also check out some of the Maker pages/books on 3d printing (Amazon). The printers seem to work best in warm / stable temperatures (mine is set up in my living room) and the filament can be badly affected by humidity so consider where you will sit it.


Best advice is decide what you want it to do, write it down and compare the list against the printers. I run a Flashforge printer and it works fine for me.
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Re: what to look for in a 3d printer
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2019, 06:22:19 PM »

I have a Geeetech A10 and love it over my last one.

they are getting easier to use but still can be a pain at time to use.


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