posted ago by Formerlurker92 ago by Formerlurker92 +4 / -0

What would you get? Cause I've always been interested, but never known where to start.

Should i get a cheap machine and upgrade after learning or go big and have higher qualities from the get go

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HaveAnUpvote 3 points ago +4 / -1

I'd go for a cheap machine. I bought a 3D printer thinking I'd be into it, but it ended up being a temporary hobby.

It can take forever to print things, even smaller items can take 3-4 hours. Printers aren't perfect, occasion the print will fail for one reason or another, pretty frustrating when it fails, say, 8 hours into a job. Most things that you may want to build are going to be less expensive and/or higher quality if you can buy them from a retailer.

For maker type projects, you might also consider using a service where you send a file and have someone print the part for you. That way if you run out of ideas/interest/motivation, you're out a part and not a machine.

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jubyeonin 3 points ago +3 / -0

Probably a CNC machine for me, but for starters, a 3D printer. You need to still learn to design, so the printer can just make whatever you learned to make. There are more people dedicated to fixing the commercially available ones too, so they can help with sourcing replacement parts and fixing the machine if it ever breaks down.

There are some popular $200-300 printers that even experienced people like to use. The Enders are popular and have a lot of community support. You can get a lot of free files to make things you can't make yourself too.

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yeldarb1983 1 point ago +1 / -0

have an ender 3 v2, suddenly started giving me weird, fragile builds. I thought maybe the pla picked up some moisture, but after drying the filament overnight int he oven (i fell asleep) and some tweaking, I'm still getting it printing weird.

Any ideas? or is my PLA destined for the dustbin?

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jubyeonin 2 points ago +2 / -0

The easiest way to troubleshoot the filament is to use other filament. You may have gotten a bad spool. If it's not good, then drying it still doesn't help.

If it's no good for printing, you can still use it for casting. You can also extrude it again if you buy an extruder and it should be stronger since it's like new again.

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yeldarb1983 2 points ago +2 / -0

The spool worked fine for four or five months, that's why I tried drying, but maybe it went bad?

I think i have some sample spools I got that I could use to make sure, though. everything else is PETG, and I keep chickening out on jumping to it (I keep hearing that it's...finicky)

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jubyeonin 2 points ago +2 / -0

It would essentially be water going in and out if you dry it. It can't absorb too much water or it will essentially leave open spaces where the water does get removed and some of the water will actually bond with the plastic too. You need to either cast or extrude again if that happens.

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yeldarb1983 2 points ago +2 / -0

I say go cheap, you'll need the extra cash for filament, tools you might not think of, etc.

Plus you can always upgrade/mod. We got a creality Ender 3 v2, and you'd be surprised the modding and upgrade options out there for that sucker...

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_deleted_ 2 points ago +3 / -1

Monoprice has a fantastic line of rebranded printers. I'd go check out their Maker Select to start. It's like $300 and it has great specs and build area.