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Should i get an 3D printer? Answered

Hello,My name is Andrew.I want to ask some of you this question:Should i get the Hero101 or shoul i do not get an 3D printer at all.I like to make arduino/raspberry pi related things (but run out of ideas,Can you also give me some ideas too?).Even if i am an 11 year old child,I know how 3D printers work,I even build an CNC machine based on an arduino and old dvd writers.So should i get an 3D printer?
P.S I am on low buget because i live in Romania and 1$ is 3.19 Lei.
Sorry for bad english.

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D_P_R (author)2017-10-21

my rule of thumb is if you print a lot (at least a print per few weeks for super cheap printers like the hero 101, and at least 1 print per week for little more expensive machines) go buy a 3D printer , if not use a 3D printing service (if you have one nearby) or 3D Hubs and keep in mind the print quality of the Hero101 is not so good but for the price its a steal!

i am young too(16 to be exact) and i designed and built a plus size(300*300*350 mm) 3D printer from scratch

i will make an instructable after i added a heated build chamber

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jfryar30272 (author)2017-08-25

I'm pretty young as well, and I bought a 3D printer just a little bit ago, and it has been one of the best purchases I've ever made. If you are low on budget, and have already made a CNC, you should definitely go for building your own. It will teach you so much, but also, you choose how much to pay for it.

I just want to congratulate you on your success with your CNC. That is so amazing that you can do that at 11 years old. Man, when you turn 12, for all we know, you could rule the world with your super human mind powers! :)

Best of luck to you and stay awesome!

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rickharris (author)2017-08-21

I think at your age it is more important to develop manual skills. A good way is to start by building small projects. I started with model aeroplane kits and progressed to designing and making my own aeroplane models.


is a really good place to go for flying ideas.

Learn to express your ideas in drawings.

Learn to use a 2d cad package and then a 3D cad package, sketchup is a free 3d package and https://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-c...

provide a free 2D package.

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Downunder35m (author)2017-08-21

You only need a 3D printer for problems you would not have without one ;)
If you consider the costs for a really basic and quite small 3D printer plus the materials then it can still be a costly exercise.
And if you don't have any real use then there is only the short fun of having something new to play with.
But if you want to experiment then check out some of the Intructables showing how to make a small and cheap milling or CNC machine.
If you can use a Dremel tool or similar with it then it is actually quite easy to upgrade to a laser diode for small engraving works.
And if on top you start with a base system that can be expanded you can also add a build area that moes up and down and put an extruder where the Dremel or laser diode was ;)
Just use your imagination ...

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bravoechonovember1 (author)2017-08-21

Personally I think you should wait a bit for a couple reasons; first, 3D printers are getting cheaper and higher resolution every year so if you wait you will get a bigger bang for your buck. Second, in a few years you will have a better understanding of 3D modeling and design and third, you can use a service like 3D Hubs or Shapeways to print stuff instead of buying a printer.

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