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3D printer for my home

Postby cwatkinson » February 12th, 2018, 3:44 pm

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Okay i know this topic shows up all the time, i wanted to see if there are any recommendations for a home 3D printer

I have landed on the one below - but i am far from being a expert in this area. My goal is to stay under $1000.00 (this unit has one at a g. with a 24"x24" print) but i like the 500 dollar price tag.....

https://www.amazon.com/SainSmart-Creali ... RY1Q6M80SC
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Re: 3D printer for my home

Postby KenoLeon » February 12th, 2018, 6:07 pm

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I've been on the fence for a while for a home 3d printer, not sure this will be the year, but the prusa MK3 is what I would get right now ( the kit cause I like building stuff...when I have time ):

https://shop.prusa3d.com/en/3d-printers ... 3-kit.html

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Re: 3D printer for my home

Postby Wosh » February 12th, 2018, 6:15 pm


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I posted this previously on another discussion, but would definitely be useful for you. This is a Reddit thread dedicated to 3D printing and aimed mostly at a hobbyist level (ie under $1000):

https://www.reddit.com/r/3Dprinting/

But they have a monthly megathread where people can state their needs, price, location etc and then others offer their recommendations (this is for February but be sure to search previous months as well):

https://www.reddit.com/r/3Dprinting/com ... h=63e955fd

I'm yet to pull the trigger on one too, but I'm with Keno and the Prusa MK3...

Re: 3D printer for my home

Postby holtag » February 12th, 2018, 11:58 pm

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I'd advise on getting the Prusa over the CR-10. Because direct drive. If you'll ever want to print flexible materials (and you will) you'll need a direct drive (not a bowden type) machine. I have a TEVO Black Widow myself. Good luck, let me know if you have any questions.

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Postby KenoLeon » February 13th, 2018, 12:27 pm

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You might also want to consider DLP and SLA 3D printers, they are coming down in price !, you might have to wait a few years for something like the Prusa, but if you need the detail and don't mind the mess these are 2 in your range:



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Re: 3D printer for my home

Postby tommyle » February 13th, 2018, 2:52 pm


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Also, one small thing that can get overlooked is noise, especially if it's going in your home.
That's 1 thing I don't like about open bed printers, it can be a bit loud.
Atleast my Makergear M2 is, not sure how much a closed bed seals off noise comparatively?

Re: 3D printer for my home

Postby FH13 » February 13th, 2018, 4:29 pm


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https://www.matterhackers.com/store/c/printer-kits

If you really want to get into it then this may be a great resource. Machines, filament, replacement parts, tech support, custom machines, etc.

Re: 3D printer for my home

Postby ralphzoontjens » February 19th, 2018, 2:51 am

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What we are really all waiting for is desktop SLS machines with a decent build volume.

Meanwhile, the Prusa i3 is fantastic! It is fast and can work with many different materials including Filaflex. The quality is awesome.
I also recommend Wanhao, am still very happily running a 5s Mini.
The CR-10 is less reliable.

The most important thing is that you buy a trusted brand.
Check out the discussions on 3DPB.com as well.
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Re: 3D printer for my home

Postby cyclopsebunny » February 19th, 2018, 8:23 pm


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I have that printer and it is awesome. I have had several and it has the best build quality and size for the money... or even 3 times that amount.

Re: 3D printer for my home

Postby cwatkinson » Yesterday, 5:12 pm

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holtag wrote:I'd advise on getting the Prusa over the CR-10. Because direct drive. If you'll ever want to print flexible materials (and you will) you'll need a direct drive (not a bowden type) machine. I have a TEVO Black Widow myself. Good luck, let me know if you have any questions.


Holtag and everyone, thank you for the advice, and i have set on the Prusa (build kit so i can save a few hundered and assemble it myself)

My sons have already probably requested $200 worth of D&D figures in material :cry:


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