"Best" 3D Printer on the market today

Many of the 3D Printer reviews are a more than a year old that I have found. So the question is what is the "best" 3D printer and/or Printer Kit for someone who wants to start 3D printing. Cost is an obvious factor, but quality to finished product and simplicity for a beginner are also important. 

Posted by cadams15 4 years ago


Finfing This 3D printer for Students

Hello I received this subject and instructable for a cheap printer 3D, but now this page its not here. Somebody may help me in this search. Thank you so much. $60 Hi-Res DLP 3D Printer This was constructed with an old pc  Regards

Posted by Janethbee 2 years ago


3d Tutorial: Model A Sacred Merkaba For 3D Printing

In this quick tutorial, we model what is known as a Sacred Merkaba for 3d printing or digital asset design.  Symbolic of ancient spirituality and mysticism, this shape has been part of religious iconography for thousands of years.  Geometers and mathematicians recognize it as a Stellated Octahedron, or Star Tetrahedron.  I'm using 3dsmax 2012 for this example, but the techniques can be translated to any capable polygonal modeling package. 3dsmax: Blender 3D:

Posted by JohnM440 2 years ago


3D Printer-ing

I need to find somewhere that has a 3D printer that someone can just go in and pay to use, but I have no idea where such a place could be. Do these shops even exist? Would I have to go around asking people if I can use their 3D printer? Is printing something from a 3D printer a long painstaking process? How do I even print stuff from a 3D printer?? Aaaah!

Posted by Juklop 10 years ago


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

Posted by MASH567 3 years ago


Didn't receive my 3D prints :(

Hi,I had emailed the required stl files 2 months ago but didn't any shipment confirmation message :(

Posted by rahulkar 6 years ago


3D Printing layers separating

Hi! I have a project going with a 3D printer. Is a 4" X 4" X 10"  square enclosure used for holding electronics in an ROV. Whats happening is that the plies are separating. Not a good thing for an underwater vehicle. Has anyone experienced this with a larger 3D printed object? Will upload a pic when I get to my home computer.

Posted by spiderbear 2 years ago


3D Printing in the Glass Medium

I've only used plastics when 3D printing so it's pretty cool to see a movement into the glass medium. Besides the practical application, the video of the printer creating glasswork is quite pretty.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/08/25/why-being-able-to-3d-print-glass-objects-is-such-a-big-deal/

Posted by PlasticPanama 3 years ago


New on 3d printing: asking for advice

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

Posted by fernelu2017 1 year ago


Need information on 3D printing

So I am looking to make decorative phone cases using a 3D printer. But I have no experience with them. Essentially what I am hoping to do is make snap on or slide on covers. What kind of 3D printer would be able to do this? What sort of designs/colours would I be able to do? Anything I have to take into consideration?

Posted by MrJet 5 years ago


3d Printing

Does Any one know how I can convert my .3DP file using Autodesks Catch123d App into a VRML? So I cen then edit the part ready for 3D Printing?

Posted by marc3dp 5 years ago


3d printer parts.

Hello. I am a high school freshmen, and I am on a robotics team. We own a Dimension 3d printer, however I am not able to use it for personal projects. I am a CADer and would love to find parts or broken 3d printers to where I can build my own functioning 3D printer. Being 15 I do not have sufficient funds to where I can afford 3d printers. Any type of help would be amazing! If you have any information, please let me know. Thank you! -Evan

Posted by TheParacorder 4 years ago


3d printer

Hello I was looking into making my first 3d printer so I decided to choose something simple so I found this: http://printrbot.com/shop/simple-makers-kit/ Any recommendations of any other simple printer or comments on if this is a good printer to make  thank you in advance-TDC

Posted by ThinkDesignConstruct 3 years ago


A 3d model idea

This is an idea that I had for the Make it real challenge. Though I didn't end up taking this path I would love to see it be completed. It goes as follows. >> Make a spherically shaped skull with all of the innards of an actual skull. >> 3d Print it using medial grade materials (Realism) >> Skull baseball :D

Posted by The Cartographer 6 years ago


3D Printing Business Question

From reading https://www.instructables.com/community/What-3D-printers-can-do-and-what-they-cant/, this article. It seems as the sky is the limit as long as I have a good artist, a proper 3D modeller and the correct material.  However, I want to start a business whose main focus is 3D printing. What are things, I really can't make? Besides hiring an artist and 3d modeler. What printer would you recommend for the business idea? How many would you recommend as starting point for a small business with an expansive focus? Is there some multiple materials printer that includes glass, plastic, resin, wood, etc.?

Posted by VictorM19 3 years ago


Is there a software where i can download and make my own 3d printer items?

Is there any software where i can make my own custom 3d printer items to download and make through mine?

Posted by Carbonado 2 years ago


Choosing my 1st 3d printer

So I have been considering to purchaser my own home 3d printer for a while now, but I am not sure which go for as I am happy to spend around about 500Euros or so on a 3D printer but I would prefer one that can use at least 2 colours. I would mainly be using it to create still like little figurines and statues. I have enough skills in 3d modeling that I don't need a store or 3d model assets but that would be nice. tho I am use you can use any 3d model files that you can download online. I came across this one for $100 http://www.peachyprinter.com/#!methods/cjg9 I was using this website to look for affordable 3d printers http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/affordable-3d-printer/ But I guess what I also want to ask isn't just what are peoples suggest 3d printer to choose from but also what things should I look out for when buying one such as maybe special filament used or poor quality 3d prints noise problems or slow speed?? so any suggestions what ones to go for or what ones to stay away from Many thanks.

Posted by BolaGaming 3 years ago


Can I make a 3d scan using a dslr

Can I make a dslr to scan multiple people at the same time?what do I have to do?  if so, what are the precaucions I have to do?

Posted by DIAGONALLIS 2 years ago


3D Floating Hologram

Is it possible to make a 3D floating hologram like in the movies? I need help. I'm trying to develop something like this and I'm having trouble. Could I use an LED cube to make it? Or should I use glass and a projector? Or something else?

Posted by MattGyver92 9 years ago


2D pattern from a complex 3D object

I am trying to make a piece of cloth to go over a complex 3D tool, see picture. It has to fit exactly over all the ridges. Does anyone know a good way to make a pattern that I could cut the cloth from?

Posted by dbrogi 10 years ago


questionnaire

Hi everyone, i am currently writing my dissertation on 3D printing technology and would like you all to help fill my questionnaire. will take less than 5 minutes.  thank you.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10xEaoMJXKd3OvriW0_ZEn_icPc1IZ0SDclcZ-qp6Pm4/viewform

Posted by jane rodgers 5 years ago


Paleontologist prints fossils in 3D

French palaeontologist Paul Tafforeau has been using 3D lithography to make microscopic fossils, hidden in opaque blocks of amber, vsible for detailed study.Using intense light from a synchrotron (a kind of particle accelerator), he illuminates the amber, revealing, so far, over 350 specimens of trapped insects in 2kg amber. Some of the species are new to science.3D images are built up with micro-tomography, and these digital images are used to recreate millimetre-scale insects as plastic models at a scale that allows easy handling and visual study without needing microscopes.BBC Story (included iPlayer video, which may not be viewable outside UK)

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


The Metalbot Project: an open source initiative...

Hi everyone! I would like to introduce the Metalbot Project, the first ever effort to design and make an open source 3D Metal Printer... http://www.metalbot.org/ I am sure many of you have heard of 3D Printers, perhaps even used them. The issue with 3D Printing has always been strength of materials. We are hoping to over come this issue with the Metalbot. We are in need of people with a wide range of skills in machining, DIY'ing, electronics, programming, physics, software etc... If you have any questions about the project, I will be more than glad to answer them! Best regards, Jethro.

Posted by Metalbot 5 years ago


3d computer generated sculpture

Hey guys im reading this sci-fi novel. "Spook Country" there is a cool idea in it. the technology sounds just possible. A computer games artist has made a three d picture of the dead river phoenix which can be viewed via a helmet and uses gps to have the image only appear when you stand near where he died.So you can walk around the non-existen dead actors body..What a notion. Is it possible.

Posted by maninamousesuit 10 years ago


3D Printing For All

Right after we hear about Ponoko, and their laser-cut designs that you can make and sell, here comes another company that offers the service of making 3D prints via its website Jujups.Their statement:We believe that "everyone has an inherent desire - to design" Design is about self expression. It is about satisfying your desires. Once upon a time only a small portion of humanity could read or write. We would like to say that once upon a time "only a few people could design but, JuJups changed that.JuJups is powered by design technology that structures design in an intelligent way, just as much as CSS and Html structures text and graphic data in an intelligent way so that non-techies can create wonderful blog graphics and web pages that we enjoy today. JuJups will do the same to the world of products.Basically, it's easy 3D printing with templates. They'll expand into more stuff later.A wider range of products will follow in the near future.JuJups is planning in association with ZCorp to expand 3D printing capacity to support the growing demand for customized objects. Customized giftware, memorabilia, toys, etc will soon be added to the list of items that can be custom designed. Many companies have now created opportunities for custom-made products, such as custom printed T-shirts, mugs, magnets etc. however, the customization is mostly in 2D.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Make your own 3d Renderings

OK here is my proposal take: 1 machine 900, 000 concept + 2 existing instructables + common materialsa 3d scanning system Here is the concept please see it and come back:http://www.mova.com/movies/Steve_Perlman_Contour_Briefing-iPod.m4vWell if u already saw it, in a nutshell they use 2 different forms of light but no laser BUT in these 2 instructables they do https://www.instructables.com/id/David-3D-scanner/?ALLSTEPShttps://www.instructables.com/id/3-D-Laser-Scanner/ So, If we used an Amalgam of both plus:UV led's6 CHEAP webcams (x y and z )fluorescent paint We could obtain:A 3 d scanner for common objects that uses no lasers but the light sources in the demo (or even people perhaps not for animation but for other purposes) Those who did not get lost in the explanation: please contribute!Note for negative typists: Yes it is an adaptation and and I am asking for brainstorming yes, my explanations are terrible yes, yes, yes to all your negative comments.Note for those positive contributors: I will not ignore you at all please add your ideas!

Posted by dejabox 10 years ago


Where to find wholesale lenticular prints

I'm trying to find a source for lenticular (3D) animal 'posters' (about 9.5" x 13"). I saw some at a store and they were selling them for 1.25, so I assume they get them much cheaper. I'd like to put some in our own small business to (hopefully) sell. Thanks!

Posted by vchritton-myers 4 years ago


Bloomberg Brink spot

Hello Sorry I didn't know where to post this but I just saw the Bloomberg Brink program called The Makers in which Type A take photos of the presenter using an app and then create a model of her head. What is the app? thanks

Posted by razbox 4 years ago


volpin spine sculpt method+another one like it?/3d modeling help?

This is a 2 fold question: http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/2011...as-part-1.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNZK8-z0ndk&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTg5kpzXkJg&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsiGgR9HVJQ&feature;=fvsr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDq_uHKZeIM I’m trying to use volpin’s method of make 3d objects using photos of views of an object, making a skeleton (he uses MDF; I want to use cardboard), and then placing foam or something sandable in the skeleton and shaping it using the spines. I also found this video where a guy uses a similar method and I was wondering if I could get some help on how I could combine these 2 methods. I want to use the method off the youtube video, but I don’t know how to do it with the side, top, bottom, back, and front view method volpin uses. Also, I tried volpin’s method on google skethup and just using the spines doesn’t quite give the results I thought it would. Does this mean you have to sand the rest of the way and make sure everything is even? If so, IMO, I would want to do the youtube method more (no offense volpin, im just not as good a sculpter and artist as you lol; I need lots of help). My second question(which ties in with the first) is about 3d modeling. I’m trying to make complex shapes using volpin’s method and the methods on 2 anim8or tutorials on the 2 youtube videos (the side views off photos) to make pepakura files, still using google sketchup. Is there a book or something I can use to learn how to make stuff like in the anim8or tutorials? Usually I could watch and teach myself, but for some reason my mind can’t wrap around the concept. Also, is sketchup bad for the job, and if so why? What should I be using (something free since this is a one time deal for me)? An additional note, I am currently using google skethcup and corelDRAW X5. Where can I learn how to make the reference photos like volpin makes (look for skyrim helmet on his blog and the daft punk helmet in the link) so I can send them to the 3d model program? What I’m trying to do is take pictures off of a playarts kai halo master chief and make armor files. Any help would really really be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Posted by trebledroid 6 years ago


Make it Real Challenge

In the Make it Real Challenge it states that you can use the 123d design software to help you. When I go to their website I only see downloads for Windows 32 and 64 bit. I was wondering if they have any available 123d software for Mac computers? Any help on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by kyleslab 6 years ago


Looking for some good info on CNCs

Hey guys, Ive been looking at a lot of the CNC projects and I really want to try something of my own. I could really use some good reading material on basics of building a CNC. I would like to build a 2 axis CNC for laser etching/cutting first and work my way up to a 3D mill. I could really use more info on the following: -How to properly use screw threads (bearings, mounting, etc) -Limiting factors to CNC strength (I would like to mill Aluminum eventually, what will I need? Just a higher torque stepper motor?) -Other important tips in designing and building my own. Feel free to just post links and ill look more into it. Ive seen a couple decent sites but a few of them werent free.

Posted by jdavis-9 5 years ago


volpin spine sculpt method+another one like it?/3d modeling help?

This is a 2 fold question: http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/2011...as-part-1.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNZK8-z0ndk&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTg5kpzXkJg&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsiGgR9HVJQ&feature;=fvsr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDq_uHKZeIM I’m trying to use volpin’s method of make 3d objects using photos of views of an object, making a skeleton (he uses MDF; I want to use cardboard), and then placing foam or something sandable in the skeleton and shaping it using the spines. I also found this video where a guy uses a similar method and I was wondering if I could get some help on how I could combine these 2 methods. I want to use the method off the youtube video, but I don’t know how to do it with the side, top, bottom, back, and front view method volpin uses. Also, I tried volpin’s method on google skethup and just using the spines doesn’t quite give the results I thought it would. Does this mean you have to sand the rest of the way and make sure everything is even? If so, IMO, I would want to do the youtube method more (no offense volpin, im just not as good a sculpter and artist as you lol; I need lots of help). My second question(which ties in with the first) is about 3d modeling. I’m trying to make complex shapes using volpin’s method and the methods on 2 anim8or tutorials on the 2 youtube videos (the side views off photos) to make pepakura files, still using google sketchup. Is there a book or something I can use to learn how to make stuff like in the anim8or tutorials? Usually I could watch and teach myself, but for some reason my mind can’t wrap around the concept. Also, is sketchup bad for the job, and if so why? What should I be using (something free since this is a one time deal for me)? An additional note, I am currently using google skethcup and corelDRAW X5. Where can I learn how to make the reference photos like volpin makes (look for skyrim helmet on his blog and the daft punk helmet in the link) so I can send them to the 3d model program? What I’m trying to do is take pictures off of a playarts kai halo master chief and make armor files. Any help would really really be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Posted by trebledroid 6 years ago


Affordable 3d Printers?

Does anyone know where I can buy a quality, inexpensive 3d printer to get started in 3d printing?

Posted by Chikpeas Brother 5 years ago


3D Design

Just wondering if anyone happens to have any good leads to the best free 3D design software?

Posted by marcusmckee33 6 years ago



anyone please help me if you can design a 3d model for printing

I need help making the 3d design for a 3ds shell not a case but the shell

Posted by -Tykora- 5 years ago


Help, I'm stuck in a 3D printer factory!

Check out some pictures from the Spark 3D printer factory!

Posted by ewilhelm 4 years ago


Looking for a large 3d printer 16"-24"

Looking for a large 3d printer 16" to 24" for ABS and NYLON , Anyone know of a company that makes one.

Posted by DIDDE55 4 years ago


3D For Everyone

Currently testing a system (attachment) for amateurs to use their own cameras to shoot 3D stills and HD movies, post them to their iPad or YouTube, and view the results in super-clear 3D on their iPad (with another attachment).  Will attach photos soon.

Posted by courtervideo 8 years ago


3D Printing - Metal

Is it true that there are 3d printers that print in metal? If so what kind of 3D Printer is this and about how much do they cost? Oh also how exactly does that work when 3D Printing is supposed to be additive manufacturing and metal isnt a liquid or even flexible at solid states?

Posted by acadena2 5 years ago


3D Printing Fails.

I'm not exactly sure why, but the BBC collected a bunch of 3D printing failures. I couldn't resist sharing the screenshots and captions, especially in light of Fungus' recent topic. Enjoy.

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago


any ideas for 3d printing

Has anyone got ideas of what would be a cool thing to 3d print? perhaps something with moving parts, any ideas would be appreciated thanks.

Posted by resistanceisfutileiflessthan1ohm 6 years ago


3d printing vouchers from the Jewelery contest

Hello, Has anyone received their 3D printing voucher from the Jewelery contest?

Posted by SlickSqueegie 5 years ago


3d printer collection magazine - opinions?

I just saw a TV  advert for a 3d printer you build yourself from parts that come with a magazine. £6.99 an issue for 90 parts. http://3dprinter-collection.com/ Opinions?

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago


Embed 3D models with SketchUp

If you want to share a 3D view of your SketchUp model, you can now use embed code to place it into a webpage. First the model needs to be in the SketchUp 3D Warehouse, but once it's there you scroll to the bottom and select Include > 3D View to get the code.Here's one of Saint Basil's Cathedral.

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


3D printed personalised silicone ice

Hello all, I'm trying to 3D print food grade silicone ice in different little shapes such as boots, tires and cans. Does anyone know of such 3D printing company? Thank you very much, Chantal

Posted by chantal.goldfinger 3 years ago


Best program for creating 3D models

Ok I want to make a 3D model for printing, what is the best program to use.  I have Maya 2013 (DEMO) , and 3DSMax 2013 (DEMO), and sculptris 6.  What program is the best to create and convert for 3D printing.  I want to enter in the new 3D Printing contest and if I make something 3D I want it to work on someones printer for them to print.  Plus if the software can make it fool proof, I don't want to make a model that won't print, and don't really know what is possible and what is not. Any help would be great.  Biggest concern it converting it over to 3D printing format, and making a model that would be able to be printed (with lets say makerbot, or the most common 3D Printer able to be printed by anyone). Thank you in advance.

Posted by spyder2021 5 years ago


Gigantic 3D printer

This 3D printer is a giant step up from other 3D printers. Where most 3D printers make items that you can hold in your hands,  this machine by Enrico Dini in Italy is making items you can walk inside. It lays them up tiny layer by tiny layer and the result is pretty sturdy. One day it might even be used on site to make intricate buildings. Link via Make

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


High school students' lack of knowledge regarding 3D printers.

Has anyone else come upon the severe lack of knowledge about 3D printers by high school students, and possibly people in general as well? Today, my teacher announced to my art class that: "Some architects will be coming in to show us their 3D printer that they built". Then, practically every student started to say things such as: "what the hell is that?". The teacher then said that: "it's like a printer, but it prints things out in 3D". After that, one student asked: "so it like prints stuff out on paper in 3D?" So the teacher replied: "no, it prints objects out in 3D". Then, the same student asked again: "so it prints stuff out onto paper in 3D.....?". It went on like this for about 5 minutes, until the teacher got tired of explaining from her limited knowledge of 3D printers. After the teacher managed to end the conversation, I heard murmurs from the others saying things like: "I don't get it..?" and "That doesn't make any sense..". Has anyone else encountered this? (not that I'm an expert on 3D printers or anything..) Thanks -Me

Posted by tqwerty 6 years ago


Wheres the best 3d service?

Hi everyone, I was wondering what people are using for printing services out there, and which ones they prefer. I was thinking about entering the make it real challenge if i have enough free time and needed somewhere to get the idea printed, preferably the service would be one that uses the Objet 3d printer. Thanks for your time.

Posted by The Cartographer 6 years ago