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OT: 3D printer?

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#1 barry.peterson OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Aug 1, 2017 12:23 PM

I doubt I'll splurge but have noticed 3D printers can be much cheaper than I had assumed, but the set-up seems finicky. AND, there seems to be a steep learning curve.




(My experience is generally that you get what you pay for...)



#2 remowilliams OFFLINE  



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Posted Tue Aug 1, 2017 12:34 PM

I'm new to the hands on/owner aspect of the 3D printing area, like two weeks new.  


The prices have come down quite a bit and you can can get quite a lot for your money these days.  Unsurprisingly higher end gear is generally well, higher end - the feature set and capabilities you are looking at are going to determine the price.


There is absolutely a large learning curve to do this correctly.  Overall though I have found the process to be immensely rewarding and insanely frustrating at times.  I am getting better though :)


I can also see why people pay many thousands of dollars for self leveling printers now...   

#3 arcadeshopper OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Aug 1, 2017 1:12 PM

I bought a chinese delta dual print-head printer.. off ebay.. kit so I had to assemble it, the manual was an exercise in frustration.


It prints, but it was a pita to assemble and calibrate in fact I need to re-calibrate it.  It also didn't come with a parts fan so I had to get a fan duct printed and attach that..  It's supposed to "auto level" but that part has been highly problematic so I just do it manually. Dual printheads really made my print area smaller as I couldn't reliably get them both to work, so I just use one.. Delta has a cool factor, but the print area is actually smaller than a xyz printer.. it's good for tall objects but not for wide ones.. 


If I do it again I'll just order a prusa, the print quality is much better and its stupid easy to set up and operate.  Unfortunately they are more like 900$ and there's a multi-month waiting list for delivery. 


Like you said, you get what you pay for..  



Edited by arcadeshopper, Tue Aug 1, 2017 1:24 PM.

#4 mdilling OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Aug 1, 2017 8:38 PM

I own both a delta printer (Sintron) and a cartesian printer (Anet A8). The delta printers, while they do have a wow factor are very finicky to keep dialed-in and printing properly. The cartesian printers are much easier to work with. I'd say once a week or so, I re-level my Anet and reset the z-axis height. This takes approximately 15-20 minutes and is easy todo, just tedious. You also have to spend some time dialing-in each new type of printer filament that you use - PLA, PETG, PPLA, ABS... . Overall, it is very enjoyable.




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