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New on 3d printing: asking for advice Answered

Hi everyone,
Do you have any suggestions for an amateur to buy her first one printer?
Thanks for your advice firstly!


IMHO it all depends on your level of skill, budget and need for ongoing support.
I did build mine from scratch, so cheapest option and no support at all.
If support is important go for something that might cost a few bucks but is know for proper support, like Not_Tasha suggested.

There is always the problem of how to get started and for someone with no clue it is good advise to buy something fully assembled and at least half way calibrated.
A bit of finetuning is always required after transport but at least it should print right away.
Buying a printer that needs (partially) assembly might bring problem that you can't solve without some background knowledge.
Upgrades are also well worth to consider.
Most budget printers come with only one print head and no way to add another.
Being able to use two allows not only for different colors but also to use cheap support material and the good stuff on the other nozzle for the actual print.

thanks for your advice!

actually, I was wondering between Anet A8 and Easythreed E3D.I have seen watched many reviews about Anet A8, and I think it might be good for me.And then I found the Easythreed, it seems very easy to use.Do you know anything about this 2?

Sorry, don't know them, so could only go by what you did - reviews.

My first kit came from Makerfarm.com . Colin, the guy who makes the kits provides AMAZING customer service. Even years after original purchase. He's incredibly patient too. If you're looking to build your own printer, I highly recommend MakerFarm. If you're looking to buy a printer already built, Make Magazine has a lot of good info on 3d printer comparisons.

I've never heard of GearBest, but I do think you get what you pay for---what seems cheap initially may end up costing you a lot in the long run.


8 months ago

Hi! Here are few pieces of advice I would give from my personal experience.

Before to buy it: I think that the most important thing before to buy a 3D printer is to know how to use a CAD software. I first took the "3D printing classes" from instructables, and it really motivated me to buy a 3D printer. The softwares I use: Fusion 360, Tinkercad, Meshmixer.

Kit or ready to use? If you have free time and you are not on a hurry to try the 3D printer, a kit is a good idea I guess, because you will learn how the printer works and you will be able to fix the problems more easily, or do better prints. However, if you want to print rapidly, buy an already built 3D printer (this is my case). But if you have any problem, it can be more difficult to fix. This is the printer I bought: MP select Mini (https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=15365)

Cheap or expensive? From my point of view, a cheap one. The quality of the print mainly comes from the parameters you choose in your slicer, from your filament, from the nozzle... And you can try to fix the problem by yourself. If it is expensive, you'd rather like to send it back to the shop I guess.

The community. Make sure the community using your printer is active. This way, if you have a problem, someone probably already faced it and tried to fix it. And it is going to be much easier for you. In my case, there are a lot of very good website and forums talking about my printer. For example here (https://www.mpselectmini.com) or here (https://www.thingiverse.com/groups/monoprice-select-mini-owners). And some 3D printed pieces here (https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=mp+select+mini&sa=&dwh=15a074272d39f2)

Replacement parts and plastic. That is always good to have some replacement parts, like a nozzle and a heat break if something gets clogged. I find compatible pieces here (https://www.mpselectmini.com/replacements_parts). And PLA is fine to start with, it is cheap, and more eco-friendly than the other plastics I think.


8 months ago

what's your max budget and use case?