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My printer is in pieces right now. Doing a lot of upgrades on it as a side project. I ran it through cura anyway and it looks like 60-80 cents each in PLA, and 3, 4, 5 hours each depending on if you use the recommended settings or not.
/r/printondemand/ might be a good place to try and source this.
Ebay is selling them for $6-$7. You could buy this [link], print 52 and throw the printer away and still be at $4 per tray.
> word processors in that era were akin to what a Chromebook or the like is today then
Not really because they performed a single function. Chromebooks can do almost everything a more expensive computer can, just with much less performance. There was no similar cheaper alternative to a full function computers back then. $1500-2000 was for the cheapest IBM PC clones.
The Ender 3 is on sale for $170 on amazon right now.
It is probably the best budget printer. Come join us over at /r/Ender3 and /r/3dprinting or /r/functionalprints to see if it is right for you. From what I see here, you will love it.
Also go ahead and give tinkercad.com a look. Super simple to get started.
I've never seen them for sale. Diy
Official Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Fully Open Source with Resume Printing All Metal Frame FDM DIY Printers with Resume Printing Function 220x220x250mm [link]
Yep, this. The ender 3 is $175 on Amazon Prime. The only upgrade I added to it was a glass bed ($7-$20). Like someone else mentioned though, upgrades are all optional. They're just things you pick up here and there to make your life easier or make printing more convenient.
A decent 3d printer is $165 on Amazon prime.
Other alternatives would be to go to r/3dprintmything, since they're probably cheaper than Shapeways and other major printing services.
You could also try casting the objects if you have an original object you are replicating. You can buy some Oomoo 30 silicon and some resin for <$100.
Edit: also 50% infill is super high. I usually print with 10% or less infill, but my stuff is usually small and not under a ton of pressure, so it's not like some big empty shell or anything.
You can get a Creality Ender 3 for about $200. They’re very capable printers if you are willing to learn how to calibrate and tweak them. If you’re unwilling to do so, a Prusa i3 is a well built, very similar printer that requires basically no tuning for $600. (The Creality Ender 3 is actually a cheap Chinese knockoff of the Prusa i3.)
It was an Amazon prime day deal yesterday. Today this is the best deal I could find on this particular printer. There might be better deals on this or other printers later, sorry.
Thanks. This is what I’m looking at, but Creality appears to have it for $157 direct right now ... Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Fully Open Source with Resume Printing All Metal Frame FDM DIY Printers 220x220x250mm [link]
I'm seeing it still available at this price with a 20% off cupon. (no code just check the box on the product page.)
Conversion bits you can get from websites like Bits of War, Foxbox Miniatures, and Spellcrow. This is great for kitbashing infantry you typically would not have access to, you just need a bunch of ork boyz kits and you can make: Kommandoz, Stormboyz, Tankbustaz, and more. Using conversion bitz will increase your costs but every ork will look pretty unique on the table.
I turned to 3D printing when it comes to vehicles. An Creality Ender 3 can be purchased off Amazon for $230, you'll want a few spools of filament and other tools so let's say $300~ as an initial investment for the machine. A detachment of three Stompaz retails for $375, Our Forge World stuff is overpriced and huge chunks of resin, each individual Mek Gun is $50! Making a vehicle based list like GW really, really wants you to do can cost well upwards of $500.
So right out the gate, 3D printing your vehicles and terrain is more cost effective than GW, and more Orky. A single spool of 1.75 PLA filament is around $20, and you can print quite a lot with it. It also frees you up to try any Ork vehicle you want to try as GorkaMorka intended.
Keep in mind though, 3D printing pretty much restricts you to FLGS play, where you will be that crazy guy with the giant ork robots. Then again, I don't see there being any big tournaments in the big future anyway.
Yes I am in the US... I ordered mine last week and it was $10 cheaper but this is the exact link to the one I ordered.
Also FYI: Amazon has the Creality Ender 3 for $165 currently
$165 on Amazon is the current going rate. There's no time like the present!
A great starter printer is the Creality Ender 3 - which will get you going for under $180.
Get yourself an Ender 3 it's like $170 and is a solid machine
I printed it in cheap white PLA which I like mainly because it doesn't smell terrible. There is definitely fancier filament available.
The printer is an Ender 3 which currently sells for $165 on Amazon, but you do have to put the printer together. That is sort of fun though. I printed it without a raft and leveling the print bed, which makes the surface touching the print bed very smooth.
I used the fasteners I had on hand, so the case is held together with random length M3 nuts and bolts, in addition to obnoxiously tall M2 spacers connecting the bottom of the case to the acrylic plate with the keyswitches, though maybe that adds to the resonance. Since the plate isn't so big, I have heard that the plate could be printed as well, but I didn't try that -- though surely such a small 3mm PLA plate with high infill would be plenty stiff!
If I had them, it would have been nicer to use shorter M2 spacers, and then the thing could be a lot thinner. Since it's in OpenSCAD, the model has some parameters that can be changed: Line 19 of case.scad is where the M2 spacer height is defined in millimeters which will also require changing Line 214 which is the height at which the case is chopped in half. Lines 13-16 can also be tweaked to change the chamfer and to widen the board. Many of the measurements in the .scad files were made using digital calipers.
I'm not especially proud of my OpenSCAD code; I only recently learned how to use it!
Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Fully Open Source with Resume Printing All Metal Frame FDM DIY Printers 220x220x250mm [link]
In theory, they are. The Ender 3 Pro is slightly different, since it uses a wider extrusion for the bed rail, making it more stable (in theory). If you're looking to buy on Amazon, I believe this is sold by Creality themselves and fulfilled by Amazon (which might make any warranty replacements easier):
i made this once but instead of actually painting it chrome i just printed it in silver
i did end up finishing it and adding that extra piston coming from the back of his head on each side but i never uploaded a pic
Ender 3 vs c2 FIGHT!
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check the aliexpress official store, should be 200 to 300ish
Yes, I think you should definitely get him a printer. I would recommend an FDM (filament) printer rather then a resin printer though. Resin printers are a pretty messy for even a responsible adult to handle :)
As for FDM printers, I would recommend the Ender 3. I would also recommend buying him PLA, since that's the easiest and safest material for him to work with. And finally, I would recommend picking up a glass bed upgrade and some glue sticks.
The Ender 3 is a solid entry level printer, and it can print in all kinds of materials and filaments. I would recommend only getting your son PLA to start with though, especially if he's going to be printing indoors in his room. PETG is also good once he gets more experience (it's a bit tricky), but you'll want to stay away from ABS :)
The glass bed and gluestick is 100% worth the extra money, because it will make learning so much easier. There are all kinds of different beds, but glass+purple gluestick is non messy, easy to use and very effective.
Ender 3 on Amazon is only $165 right now, and I would recommend getting a glass bed as well. Not necessarily that specific glass bed (I'm not a fan of the textured side) but just a glass bed :)
Edit: Avoid Anet A8s, they're fire hazards
Which printer do you have? I just got an Ender 3.
The Creality Ender 3. Best printer out there for 206 (was 260 but it's on sale). [link]
Although have someone back me up, I don't want to be the cause of a financial mistake
This is the one you want:
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The got to printer is the one I listed. The Ender 3.
You'll have to play around with different filaments to see what you like. But I'm just using good ole run of the mill PLA most of the time.
Mine was purchased through Amazon:
Some of this is standard stuff you probably already have, but:
Some people choose to get an SD card extension cable, I haven't seen a need for it myself but thought it worth mentioning.
See Amazon’s price!! Only $176 lol
Amazon link: Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Fully Open Source with Resume Printing All Metal Frame FDM DIY Printers 220x220x250mm [link]
You can get them on Amazon for $176 from the creality store.
$206 w/ a 20% coupon. [link]
Yeah I urge you to try and cancel It possible I got lucky and found a Ender 3 For sale on Amazon at the time of the post.
There's 2 left in stock Rn if you can afford to take the hit while you wait for a Refund.
I have a Makergear M2, which cost 1700 back in 2015. It's a good printer but a lot has happened in 4 years, so while I don't have any personal experience, I hear glowing things about the Prusa I3, which sets you back more like 750 dollars. If that's too much, I usually recommend the Ender 3, which sits at about 220
Hi, and welcome! An Ender 3 is a good entry level 3d printer, if you approach it with the right mindset. You do need to keep in mind that this is a budget kit made with the cheapest parts possible, and there are some real design flaws that you would be better off addressing sooner or later. But for the price, this is easily the best printer available.
>I've looked at a few models and I'm more and more intrigued by the Ender 3 and its capabilities. Amazon has it for $229 currently which is pretty affordable.
Amazon consistently has the highest prices on these printers. Amazon will regularly cut the price down to $190 (sometimes less) and it is normally available from other vendors for for less too. Shop around.
>As someone who once custom built PCs for my own use, is this something that I could somewhat easily assemble and use? Is there anything else worth mentioning that could sell me on buying this printer, aside from others?
Definitely. Assembly is easy, although the instructions are pretty bad. YouTube is your friend.
>Filament appears to be the "ink", or material used to make things. Does the Ender 3 only use one type of filament but in different colors?
Yes, filament is like the ink, the Ender 3 (like most consumer grade machines) uses 1.75mm filament. However, there are lots of materials that the Ender 3 is capable of printing stock. PLA is a great starting point, you can print fast with very good detail, at lower temperatures. It is also the easiest to work with. I personally prefer PETG for increased strength & flexibility, at the cost of higher print temps, slower speed, and slightly lower detail quality. Other options stock include ABS, ASA, PVA, HIPS & TPU, although each has its own drawbacks, strengths, and requirements.
>Slicer is a software program used to design things, correct? Like I could use it to design a door stop, for example. Does the Ender 3 come with a slicer program? Or are these downloaded and bought separately?
Cura 4.0 with the Creawsome mod is a fantastic starting point for slicer software. It is a free, separate download.
>Any other do's/dont's before I take the plunge would be appreciated.
Especially starting out, make sure any issues are not hardware related before making changes to your slicer. As I mentioned, this is a budget machine that you assemble yourself, so the margin for quality issues is high.
Looking to get into 3D printing mostly for wargaming terrain and some other misc things. Trying to stay on the cheaper side of things: $200-250.
Been looking at the Ender 3 and this filament since there are several different shades for the price.
Is there anything else I might need with that printer? Does anyone have experience with that filament or is there a better kind that is around the same price point?(Doesn't have to have multiple colors, just thought I would get something with multiple colors to begin with) Last question, what is the best software if I plan of using the printer mostly with Ubuntu?
Thanks in advance.
I wouldn't buy used, 3dprinting isn't just about using plastic to print, its about learning your machine and it's little cirks. Top little machine.
Or this one if you pref an easy life, pretty much pre built and abl sensor.
Why not just get a brand new Ender 3 for $165? [link] (or $155 from the official Creality site)
Having a Microcenter is great for 3D printing because they stock TONS of creality/ender parts, not to mention filament. But who knows what's wrong with the used printer.... I'd spend $5 extra to get a brand new one.