3D Printer Help

I am considering buying a 3d Printer, but I need something cheap and easy. I found a model that a like, it's the FDM 3D printer. The problem is, science I'm new to 3d printing, I have no idea what to look for. This particular printer has a low cost with a decent print size.                     Link to Website  ~~~~~> http://www.amazon.com/printer-printing-PLAfilament-applicable-Pieces/dp/B00ON2TG6U/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1425238313&sr=8-15&keywords=3d+printer

sort by: active | newest | oldest
Qcks2 years ago

Ehhh.... There's a few things here.

First, as much as i like my 3d printer, I'm 100% sure I am not getting the most out of it. I don't know how to use 3d modelling software very well. If you want to be awesome at 3d printing stuff, simply having a firm grasp on the software and using it well to design stuff is huge.

Second, I don't think I would recommend going for the cheapest thing out there. I did that and I'm still having issues with it. If you like learning how to fabricate your printer from basically nothing, it's not a bad idea, but it's not for everyone. I kinda like Repstrapping though.
I would recommend getting everything you want in a printer, and if that means going slow, making/buying your machine piece by piece that's ok. Quick Note: 200mm x 200mm print beds are currently the standard, so that's not small, so much mostly what's out there. You can get/make printers with larger print areas, but that has to be designed for, and can make builds expensive to run (an excessively large bed takes allot of electricity to heat up and keep warm).

Finally, with specific regard to the the printer in the Amazon Add... This is a RepRap E2-E3 model. They're noted for being customizable and open source, but they aren't user friendly, and their quality is variable (it depends on who put it together and what they put into the parts). If you know people at Sunruy Technologies ltd. (the makers of the printer according to amazon), it might be ok, but if you don't, I would not recommend it. If you want a machine that's guarenteed to work and be nifty without any effort on your part, this is not the printer you are looking for.
On the other hand, if you want to have a deep understanding of the workings of your printer, this could be ok. I will warn you, I can already see 2 things about that printer that you will want to change (it's only a single extruder and the carrage is mounted vertically instead of horizontally), but if you want a larger print bed, RepRap printers are the place to do that (sometime in the future i want to make a 3 ft x 4 ft print bed.... i need money for the supports and junk though =T).

I just got a dremel 3d printer , is there a way I can scan a picture to the sd card that came with it and then somehow make a figurine from that?

You should start with reading the manual and checking the homepage.

And you might want to get some understanding of 3D printing and modelling as I get the impression you have no clue at all at this stage.

Look for something that offers custom firmware from one of the open source projects.

Many of those cheap printers use a custom all-in-one board and no option to change the firmware or at least the most vital variables.

And if the printer can only handle PLA but reaches it's limits with ABS you won't enjoy it.

In the pic from the link is nothing to see of the feeding mechanism - the most vital part if you don't count the print nozzle.

I would never buy a printer with a crappy feeder, like those spring loaded designs with a teflon slider pressing against the filament.

Judgung by the look and price I would not recommend the printer you linked.

MASH567 (author)  Downunder35m2 years ago

Is there any particular models that you recommend?

If you want to build your own from a it I recommend looking for something that uses an Arduino for the control.
In case something does not work as expected you can simply flash one of the open source projects on the printer.
Once calibrated and adjusted you are "free".