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3D Printers 2018 - Which makes and models are recommended?

Discussion in 'Printers' started by SupraWez, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. SupraWez

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 17, 2007

    Posts: 1,669

    Hey All,

    I have not looked into 3D printers for a couple of years and wondered how much things have changed or progressed, are Makerbot still one of the goto makes for off the shelf units?

    Building your own printer with various kits was always an option but not something that I was interested in, although the cost saving could be quite good.

    Are there any decent / reputable online stores for 3D printers, kits and accessories?


    Thanks
     
  2. Haze

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 10, 2007

    Posts: 2,354

    You couldn't have read the thread below this.....
     
  3. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

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    Location: Leafy Cheshire

  4. Silicon Si

    Gangster

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    Wanhao I3 Duplicator V2.1 or the pro version very modifiable.
     
  5. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 57,396

    If you don't want to do any construction out the box (or at most 2-3 bolts with some models) and great printing results then Monoprice 3D are hard to beat - they also use ARM controllers which makes them very capable the downside is they don't support some of the more exotic printing options or upgrade potential but you can pretty much print straight out the box with minimal if any work.

    I've got two of the Select Mini V2 as they are great for prototyping stuff with minimal hands on.
     
  6. Silicon Si

    Gangster

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    Yes Monoprice seem to be an alternative trade name for Wanhao

    I have a Wanhao I3 Duplicator V2.1, I have bought some extras for it but not installed them yet inc a flexion extruder that cost a lot but now i see them a lot cheaper... damn!
     
  7. Rroff

    Man of Honour

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    I'm not sure what the relationship is between those two - some stuff is obviously closely based on the same model some stuff is only loosely based and there seems to be some fairly significant firmware differences between them as well.

    For instance the Wanhao Duplicator I3 Mini shares a lot of similarities with the Monoprice Select Mini but they have very different capabilities and a different layout.
     
  8. SupraWez

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 17, 2007

    Posts: 1,669

    Those Monoprice look competitively priced.