Getting your first 3D printer

                Getting your first 3D printing can be a daunting task. We will try to make it easer for you. The first thing to ask your self is. What will you be printing? Several things go into this size of 3D printer needed and type of 3D printing to produce good results printing. The next question is Budget. This may seem like a dumb question, but it also goes into the next question. How handy are you? All 3d printers need to be worked on and maintained if you get a very low-cost printer this will be amplified vs if you get a more expensive printer (not always the case).

 

                For them just looking for recommended printers simply put these are the best I have come across and there for are my top recommended 3D printers

Fromlabs Form3 great for high detail liquid resin printing and can do so much more

Formbot Raptor is a great FDM printer using rolls of filament more suited for larger prints

Now back to the ones who want a better understanding of what to purchase. With so many 3D printers popping up from the most popular Creality Enders, Anycubic, Ultimaker, Formlabs, Formbot, Craftbot, Prusa, Hictop, and so on it can get very confusing on what is what. There are 3 main 3D printer types for FDM 3d printing.

                1: Cartesian, often called Prusa style, these have independent X and Y system and the Y bed that moves most of the time. Most common 3D printer

                2: CoreXY, these have a X Y system that works together gaining higher speed prints but much harder to work on

                3: Delta, these are great high-speed printers but my experience they are not easy to set up and tune so we will kind of skip these but worth mentioning.

There are many other variances of these but there more advanced. For first printers we want to keep things simple and get you started out printing and not fighting your 3D printer.

 

Let us get to the 3 questions a little deeper!

                What will you be printing? If you are wanting to print large or small, it makes a big difference yes, a large printer can print smaller items but often a loss of details is the result. Getting a printer too small will having you cut prints up and gluing together after the prints. If you want to print high detail figures you will defiantly want to skip all the FDM printers and go right to resin or SLA, DLP style.

These are lower cost alternatives to the Formlab Form3

 

 

ANYCUBIC Photon Mono SE Resin                                                       ELEGOO Mars 2 Pro Mono MSLA 3D Printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ANYCUBIC Photon S 3D Printer

 

 

                For the FDM minded people yes Prusa MK3 is probably the best small 3D printer out there but the cost to size is to far off to make my list if your only wanting to print small things defiantly check them out here. For them wanting to get the best bang for the buck really my highest recommendation for the Formbot printers the Raptor 500 or 700  is my #1 choice fallowed by the Troodon 300x300x400 or the 400x400x500. While these are not the cheapest 3D printers they do come with BL touch auto leveling and nice heated bed and great power supplies along with great hot ends and very good support from the factory or the Facebook group. Aside from the Troodon 300 they all have 400mmx400mm build plates that may be to big for your needs. Or there to expensive if you are part of my Facebook group 3D printing Colorado if not you are more than welcome to join. You know I am not a fan of Creality 3D printers while some have great success with them other do not and the lack of customer service puts them at the bottom of the list for me. Here is my list of what I think is good when looking at 3d printers. ( the links below are affiliate by purchasing through these links you do help me maintain my website Thank You)

 

                                                                                                                      MakerPi 3D Printer K5 Plus

Ultimaker S3 3D Printer                                                                                    Ultimaker 2+ Connect

FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro                                                                If is was to get a Ender 3

Good Heated Bed prep

                    Nano Polymer                                                                                                           MagiGoo

Here is a video on how to use the bed prep https://youtu.be/vwPe9cSl4uE

Tools

Nozzle Tool set this is the Tool set I use every time is change a nozzle

Video on how I level my print beds https://youtu.be/2ta09nkeWMA

Video on calibrating your new printer https://youtu.be/6c3rwadynoo

and a video just to learn some lingo  https://youtu.be/Su2pf-GpxAQ

 

3D printing software I recommend Cura found here it is free there are many other free ones but have had best luck using Cura some printers require you to use there slicer

What do you feed your 3D printer? For resins there are a few of them but I generally say stick with manufacture recommended resin as they have different UV cures sometimes.

                                    Elegoo                                                                          Anycubic

 

 

For FDM printer when starting out stick with PLA once mastered then move on to PETG, ABS, or whatever your material your project needs. Here are a few Filaments I have liked.

Do3D this is a silk type filament very shiny when printed genuinely nice printing results.

Sunlu is becoming a favorite among printers a good price and seems to print well.  

Amazon basics is a good basic filament.