r/3Dprinting 10d 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 11h ago

Image Resin printing is pretty amazing as it is, but resin printing with translucent resin is magical

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r/3Dprinting 13h ago Helpful

Meta A guy who posted a bunch of vases he printed inspired me to design and print a cool vase myself lol. I like it.

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r/3Dprinting 2h ago

The King of the TITANS! - 2 weeks to print and weights 1.2KG (2,6 pounds)

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r/3Dprinting 1d ago Gold Helpful Wholesome Silver

Design I designed a print-in-place fire truck!

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r/3Dprinting 18h ago Helpful

Image I made a bunch of 3D printed vases, what do you think?

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r/3Dprinting 2h ago

Image 3d printed switchblade

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r/3Dprinting 9h ago

Image For those that wondered, I am printing the tongues for the Graboid.

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r/3Dprinting 19h ago

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r/3Dprinting 1d ago

Design I made a kitchen timer casing inspired by Arcane

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r/3Dprinting 20h ago

Image This is the way. First ever helmet, Sidewinder X2. Only used silver because I was all out of white.

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r/3Dprinting 5h ago

Image 3d printing is awesome....

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... especially when you see people's reactions on a 3d printed drift RC car... PRICELESS!!!😁😁😁😁😎😎😎😎


r/3Dprinting 21h ago

Full 3D printed Ford Bronco replica kit

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r/3Dprinting 11h ago

Question What is causing the filament to print so poorly?

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r/3Dprinting 10h ago

I made wireless chargers for my friends

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r/3Dprinting 11h ago

Image My first successful printing!

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r/3Dprinting 12h ago

24 hours of drying in my air fryer, my Polymaker CoPa finally prints like I expect, pops and fizzles completely gone, no more nozzle oozing.

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r/3Dprinting 35m ago

Printed this "Smart Wallet". got the original design from Thingieverse (link in the comments) and tweaked it to give it the "Doom" look.

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r/3Dprinting 2h ago

Discussion 3D printing with mycelium, has anyone tried it? (Details in comments)

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r/3Dprinting 7h ago

fresh off the resin printer

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r/3Dprinting 33m ago

Work in progress (Empanadas machine)

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r/3Dprinting 8h ago

Image Made a flail for Lucky13 as a proof of concept. Not pretty, but proud nonetheless.

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

A Car I Designed and 3D Printed.

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r/3Dprinting 9h ago

RIP my new PEI build plate

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r/3Dprinting 1d ago

Meta i wonder whats the highest number i'll get to

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r/3Dprinting 15h ago

Image Hylian Shield

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