r/3Dprinting 14d ago

Purchase Advice Purchase Advice Megathread - August 2022

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Welcome back to another purchase megathread!

This thread is meant to conglomerate purchase advice for both newcomers and people looking for additional machines. Keeping this discussion to one thread means less searching should anyone have questions that may already have been answered here, as well as more visibility to inquiries in general, as comments made here will be visible for the entire month stuck to the top of the sub, and then added to the Purchase Advice Collection (Reddit Collections are still broken on mobile view, enable "view in desktop mode").

If you are new to 3D printing, and are unsure of what to ask, try to include the following in your posts as a minimum:

  • Your budget, set at a numeric amount. Saying "cheap," or "money is not a problem" is not an answer people can do much with. 3D printers can cost $100, they can cost $10,000,000, and anywhere in between. A rough idea of what you're looking for is essential to figuring out anything else.
  • Your country of residence.
  • If you are willing to build the printer from a kit, and what your level of experience is with electronic maintenance and construction if so.
  • What you wish to do with the printer.
  • Any extenuating circumstances that would restrict you from using machines that would otherwise fit your needs (limited space for the printer, enclosure requirement, must be purchased through educational intermediary, etc).

While this is by no means an exhaustive list of what can be included in your posts, these questions should help paint enough of a picture to get started. Don't be afraid to ask more questions, and never worry about asking too many. The people posting in this thread are here because they want to give advice, and any questions you have answered may be useful to others later on, when they read through this thread looking for answers of their own. Everyone here was new once, so chances are whoever is replying to you has a good idea of how you feel currently.

Reddit User and Regular u/richie225 is also constantly maintaining his extensive personal recommendations list which is worth a read: Generic FDM Printer recommendations.

Additionally, a quick word on print quality: Most FDM/FFF (that is, filament based) printers are capable of approximately the same tolerances and print appearance, as the biggest limiting factor is in the nature of extruded plastic. Asking if a machine has "good prints," or saying "I don't expect the best quality for $xxx" isn't actually relevant for the most part with regards to these machines. Should you need additional detail and higher tolerances, you may want to explore SLA, DLP, and other photoresin options, as those do offer an increase in overall quality. If you are interested in resin machines, make sure you are aware of how to use them safely. For these safety reasons we don't usually recommend a resin printer as someone's first printer.

As always, if you're a newcomer to this community, welcome. If you're a regular, welcome back.


r/3Dprinting 7h ago

Image Added a few drops of alcohol ink on white resin. Let's see where this goes.

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r/3Dprinting 11h ago Wholesome Silver

Design I'm the person who makes ridiculously large 3D printed planes. I present my latest model, AN-225 with Buran!

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r/3Dprinting 8h ago

Image Work on the hip/pelvis is progressing. At least the remaining parts to print wont be as big or bulky.

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r/3Dprinting 1h ago

Image I'm sorry, you're not as easy to clean...

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r/3Dprinting 19h ago

sculpture for my wife

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r/3Dprinting 17h ago

Thanks, I hate Thomas now, also STL anyone?

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r/3Dprinting 13h ago Helpful

Image N64 Logo Polywood PLA

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r/3Dprinting 5h ago

Image And here it is! White resin with a few drops of alcohol ink. don't know if my layer problem is due to the ink.

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r/3Dprinting 14h ago Wholesome

kaneda iconic pose :D

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r/3Dprinting 3h ago

Image Alcohol and clear resin 3D printed dice

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r/3Dprinting 10h ago Helpful

Image GALACTUS 4' 8" PROGRESS

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r/3Dprinting 15h ago

Image Got some rainbow pla, and well...

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r/3Dprinting 1d ago Starstruck Heartwarming Helpful Take My Energy Silver Wholesome

Design Why did I make this? I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it.

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r/3Dprinting 17h ago

Design Print-In-Place M142 HIMARS Toy!

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r/3Dprinting 3h ago

Ender 3 pro printing enclosure made out of an old mini fridge

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r/3Dprinting 6h ago

Image yes. but is your hotend cooled by intel?

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r/3Dprinting 1h ago

Bladerunner 2049 gun print and paint.

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r/3Dprinting 7h ago

Image Finally Finished my Portal Gun after a Month of work and its hefty!

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r/3Dprinting 1h ago

Image Meme Monday. OC, Doughnut steel

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r/3Dprinting 1d ago Bravo!

I 3d printed a bike reflector that hides an AirTag, so if anyone tries to steal my bike I'll be able to track it down and get it back.

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r/3Dprinting 2h ago

Image My first major project is complete! (Minus paint/airbrushing)

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r/3Dprinting 5h ago

Image Darkwing duck Designed by INSPYR3D

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r/3Dprinting 1d ago Helpful Silver Wholesome

Image My haul from a local estate sale for under $900

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r/3Dprinting 16h ago

Troubleshooting Please help.

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r/3Dprinting 16h ago

Design Dark Angel

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