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2017/08/14

Getting into the 3D Printer world

Filed under: 3D Printing — Tags: — vbmagic @ 4:53 pm

It’s been a VERY long time since I posted anything. Mainly due to work taking up way too much of my time. I have two things that I’m planning on playing with so thought I’d start writing about them (Second will be a separate blog post).

3D Printing

I’ve ordered cheap 3D printer so that I can get into 3D printing again. We used to have one in the office which basically spoiled us and was a very automated and did everything for you (Cost £1000). That has since gone away so I’ve decided to get my own one. I am aiming for a budget printer in this case.

I narrowed my choice down to 4 printers (all prices were from Amazon UK at time of writing). The pros and cons are just some of the ones I was using to decide which printer to get.

1 CoLiDo 3D Printer D1315

Price: £229.00

CoLiDo-D1315

Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06WVSL6W1

Pros

  • Looks cool 😉
  • Cheap Price.
  • Quiet.
  • Comes pre-assembled.
  • Uses non propitiatory filaments.

Cons

  • Limited print area.
  • Can only do PLA due to no having heated bed.
  • Not a lot of information online about this one. (Based on my searching and youtube)

2 – Flashforge® 3D Printer Finder Single Extruder Printer

Price: £399

FlashforgeFinder

Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ZBS86ZW

Pros

  • Fully Assembled.
  • Very easy to calibrate.
  • Touch Screen makes it easy to configure.
  • Lots of support and mostly positive reviews on the internet/youtube.
  • Uses non propitiatory filaments.

Cons

  • PLA Only, no heated bed.
  • Cost makes it much closer to mid range than low cost.

3 – Wanhao i3Plus Duplicator Plus

Price: £349.95

Wanhaoi3PlusDuplicator

Pros

  • Easy to set up and configure with touch screen.
  • Well made.
  • Has a heated bed and can use different plastics.
  • Uses non propitiatory filaments.

Cons

  • Has been know to have overheating issues causing plastic to warp while printing (Fixed by a new fan and housing. Housing can be printed by this printer)
  • Has had a safety recall in the past.
  • Cost is approaching that of the mid-range machines.
  • Requires some assembly.

4 – Monoprice 124166 Select Mini 3D Printer

Price: £211.44

Monoprice124166SelectMini

Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XXPN8GY

Pros

  • Cheap Price.
  • Comes fully assembled.
  • Has heated bed so can print with multiple plastics.
  • Easy to use menu system.
  • Solid construction.
  • Uses non propitiatory filaments.
  • Very popular when researching on Youtube and internet.

Cons

  • Requires manual calibration. (With a piece of paper and hex key and by moving head around manually with power off)
  • Has had issues with the clip on the feeding mechanism at the top breaking.
  • Placement of the filament reel can cause the filament to get twisted on the reel.

Conclusion

Summing up the cost and the fact that I can print with multiple plastics coupled with the amount of people out there using them, I have chosen the Monoprice Select Mini printer. The Flash Forge came a close second, but at that price, it would probably be worth spending more and getting a printer around the £600 mark.

It has been ordered and will hopefully be arriving by the weekend.

I’ll follow up on how I get on with it.

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