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3d printing Show us your Prints.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dazboots, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. Rilot

    Don

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 19,439

    Location: Wargrave, UK

    Really, there is only one proper choice as a first printer and that the Creality Ender 3. It's big enough to print most stuff, modable enough, and sensibly priced.
     
  2. montymint

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 29, 2006

    Posts: 2,641

    Location: Newcastle, UK

    Agreed, I wish I got one as my first printer. My Geetech i3 pro b was a nightmare.
     
  3. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 62,213

    Depends what your expectations are - if you aren't printing bigger stuff (upto 120x120x120) then the Monoprice Select Mini requires no construction out of the box and comes pretty much ready to print, gets good results and a wide feature range. Though I'd avoid the "pro" version of it as apparently the auto levelling bed is a bit naff and causes more problems than it solves.

    Most of the other "i3" clones and similar models are pretty naff though.
     
  4. Rilot

    Don

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 19,439

    Location: Wargrave, UK

    I've got a Pro B. It was junk when I got it. It's much better now due to upgrades (Titan, V6, TMC2130s, proper lead screws etc etc. The great thing about those though is the GT2560 board. If it's the A+ version you can just throw 24V at it without having to mess with stepdowns etc. I really like them.
    It was my first printer and I learned so much by making it good. I think if I had bought something that was fine out of the box I wouldn't have learned half as much as I have.
     
  5. Uncle Petey

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 22, 2012

    Posts: 14,550

    Location: London

    Yeah, it's a great printer at a good price and should suit most people.
    However, it really depends on what you want to make. The build volume wouldn't be big enough for my requirements for example, but that's me.
     
  6. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 62,213

    I mean if someone enjoys doing it that is their business and all but I don't understand these people who buy a 3D printer, spend dozens of hours and £1000+ modding it and printing upgrades, etc. but all they ever seem to use it for is occasionally printing the sample cat and boat models to test upgrades. If that is what makes them happy as a hobby I don't have a problem with that but I wanted something that worked out the box with minimal tweaking, etc. and print parts for various hobbies and projects - usually my own but the latest being printing custom wall mounts for my brother who is creating a Wi-Fi mesh using Raspberry Pis.
     
  7. Rilot

    Don

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 19,439

    Location: Wargrave, UK

    Mine gets used all the time for other hobbies / projects. I think I've only printed a couple of benchies on it. It was just that when originally built it was next to useless.
    I now have a very good fundamental understanding of G code, stepper drivers, Marlin, heaters, etc etc. I wouldn't have got that if I'd bought a Prusa MK3S off the bat.

    I guess it's the same as with computers. Some people enjoy building and tuning them to get them just so. Others just want to buy a box and have it work.
     
  8. Phil Gr

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 30, 2003

    Posts: 341

    Location: In a house

    Just ordered an Ender 3 Pro - arrives tomorrow

    No idea what I’m going to do with it yet, fancied one to play with a learn some basic CAD skills
     
  9. Haze

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 10, 2007

    Posts: 2,697

    Printed with Eryone Rainbow PLA

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  10. Jasoncmor

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 13, 2010

    Posts: 357

    I've wanted a 3D printer for years but the price always put me off, but seeing the recommendations for the creality ender 3 and seeing the price is pushing me to actually buy one, just gotta save a few quid first haha.
     
  11. bulb66

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 12, 2005

    Posts: 1,477

    Location: Suffolk

    Feel free to check out my website when you are ready to purchase :).
     
  12. GreenMint

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 11, 2003

    Posts: 21,073

    Location: Sol

    Not sure if I can ask this on here, but does anyone on here offer a bit of help orinting some 3d stuff out? I usualy use our work one but its an Ultimaker (early gen) and very slow and has now knackered itself too and I need to finish off some stuff I was doing! :(
     
  13. bulb66

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 12, 2005

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    Location: Suffolk

    Drop me a trust message and I'll see if I can help.
     
  14. Jasoncmor

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 13, 2010

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    How easy is it to design things on the software and print them?

    Is there anything too difficult to print on these machines?
    Something I would like to make is some car loom adapters, buying them from a breaker is extortionate and pretty hard to come by, so would defiantly try and make some myself, if it was possible.

    Cheers
     
  15. Jasoncmor

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 13, 2010

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    So I finally took the plunge into 3D printing. The purchase was a bit out of the blue, I was just browsing eBay as I usually do and noticed a couple of companys had auctions up for a brand new ender 3 pro. First one someone out bid me at the last second by £2 and it went for £124! The next one ended on £142, which I won, I also used a £10 nectar voucher so paid just £132 for a brand new ender 3 pro!

    Just gotta break the news to my partner :S

    I have a couple of questions if I may.

    Does the ender 3 come with any filaments?

    What is the best type of filament to use with this machine?

    Is there much difference between a stepper motor and the direct drive upgrade?

    I've seen so many upgrades for this machine, I can't wait to get started!
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2019
  16. Haze

    Mobster

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    There is no best type of filament, just buy the type you need
     
  17. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 28, 2007

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    it comes with a tiny sample of filament. Enough to check it works but no more.
     
  18. bulb66

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 12, 2005

    Posts: 1,477

    Location: Suffolk

    Welcome to world of tomorrow, lol.

    You should check out the 3d printing thread over in the printers subforum.

    So as for your questions, to my knowledge the Ender doesn't come with enough filament to do anything with, might have a few meters. I know the cr-10 comes with a small spool.

    Filament, well I wouldn't buy ABS, or the high temp stuff. But PLA, PETg should be fine. Link below for some PLA ;).

    So not sure what you mean by stepper motor and the direct drive upgrade. They are different things. I assume the stepper motor upgrade is for dual Z steppers, on a printer this size it isn't essential but something to look at later maybe.

    The direct drive refers to the extruder, currently it's a Bowden setup, which mean the filament is pushed through a PTFE tube to the hot end. A direct drive is just that, it puts the extruder directly above the hot end, again not essential but something to look at later.

    Maybe just get to know the process of printing first and see if you need any upgrades.

    Feel free to post in the other thread if you need anything.

    J.
     
  19. Delvis

    Caporegime

    Joined: Nov 7, 2004

    Posts: 28,024

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    Anything with an overhang can be annoying unless you know what you're doing/you want it to look decent.

    You can buy filament that dissolves too, so you'd use that to fill underneath things, you'd need a dual extruder though to do that.


    Designing, depends on the software and how well you pick it up, you can create things with SketchUp quite easily, or use more in-depth software like 3DsMax, Maya or that free one I can't think of right now.
     
  20. Whoop

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 27, 2003

    Posts: 2,337

    Location: Loughborough

    That brings me to a question I was about to ask actually!

    What is the preferred choice of software for working with 3D printing?

    I've see a ton of options out there (though Cura is bundled with the Ender 3) so I wondered if we had some personal testimonies on some of them? :)

    I'm close to hitting buy.... I'd just like to fiddle with some software first.