3D printing is an amazing technology. Seeing an object emerge layer by layer was a recent science fiction, but today you can start with it for less than $ 200.
We're sure you'll be looking forward to seeing the printer and maybe even one for your home 3D adventure adventures, let's go over a few relevant terms before going into our key issues to help you make a sound statement Make a decision for your first purchase of a 3D printer.
Consumer 3D printers use one of two technologies. SLA resin printers that use a liquid plastic resin that is cured with ultraviolet light are messy, stink, and are generally not the best choice for beginners. The other technology, Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), uses a thin plastic filament that is melted by a heated extruder head and placed in layers on the build platform of the printer. This extruder head is moved three-dimensionally when depositing the plastic, whereby the object is built.
Some of the lower FFF printers are aimed specifically at younger users, although all the printers shown here are suitable for beginners. If the printer you have selected does not have a heated build platform, you can only print with biodegradable PLA. Heated build platform printers can also print with ABS filaments. This is because ABS shrinks as it cools, and layers without heat shrink differently, causing the print to warp during printing and peel off the build platform. Remember that all of these printers have heated and moving parts. Therefore, keep your (or children's) hands away from these areas when using the printer.
After all, none of the following 3D printers are kit models ̵
Monoprice Mini Delta (160 USD)
One of the best bargains in 3D printers, the Delta Mini is the lowest priced, fully assembled model from a major manufacturer. With a all-metal construction, it differs from most other 3D printers by the triple-arm extruder motion mechanism. Although it looks and works differently than many other printers, the bottom line is the same – a good quality 3D print on the 4.3 x 4.7 build platform.
The Delta Mini offers many features for the price. Thanks to the heated build platform, you can use all types of standard 1.75 mm filaments, including PLA, ABS and filled filaments (wood, copper, steel and bronze). And unlike other low cost 3D printers for beginners, no proprietary filaments need to be used. You can buy filaments in many places. The Delta Mini uses the open source CURA slicing software, so you get a lot of online help when you need it. The connection to the Delta Mini is simple: USB, Wi-Fi and microSD cards are supported. A free microSD card with models is included, so you can start printing right away. The printer has an automatic calibration, which makes the use very easy. A color LCD screen makes it easy to control the printing process when you print from the microSD card.
After all, the printer weighs only 10.2 pounds and has a handle on top of the printer that makes the Delta Mini relatively easy to move from place to place. However, the Delta Mini has no protection on the parts of the printer that are getting hot. So you have to take care of your hands and supervise younger children.
XYZprinting da Vinci Nano ($ 170)
While all printers in this overview are suitable for beginners, the da Vinci Nano is designed for children. With its fully enclosed design, it keeps prying fingers away from hot surfaces. The Nano weighs only 10 pounds, so it's easy to carry and with dimensions of just 14.9 x 11 x 14 it's small enough to fit virtually anywhere. Although the nano is small, the surface has a size of 4.7 x 4.7, so many models can be built on it. Software for creating and printing 3D models is included and quite easy to use. Connectivity to a PC or Mac is via a standard USB printer cable, and the Nano features a self-leveling print bed, eliminating the need for difficult calibration to start the printer.
The Nano does not have a heated build platform So you are somewhat limited in what filaments you can use. ABS is out, but you can use PLA, Tough PLA and PETG. Remember that like all XYZPRINTING printers, the Nano uses filament spools that have an RFID chip in the spool so it can not print on filaments that you receive from another vendor. The filament prices are slightly higher than elsewhere, but there are many colors to choose from. Although the build platform is not heated, it is surprisingly removable. This makes it easier to remove stubborn objects.
After all, the da Vinci Nano is just cute. It is hard to imagine that a child is not thrilled to have it. Just be prepared to spend a lot of money on filament for the pressure your child and his friends are going to make.
Monoprice Mini Select V2 ($ 190)
Monoprice claims the Mini Select V2 is the best-selling 3D FFF printer in the world. We can not verify this, but the printer is popular enough to have its own wiki, and many users are making major printer upgrades and modifications. So this is certainly a credible claim. The current model is the second iteration of the printer. The Mini Select is available in black or white if this is important to you.
It is ready for immediate use as Monoprice calibrates the printer at the factory – you should recalibrate it unless the printer was really rough on the shipping. The printer ships with a microSD card that's already equipped with models, and uses the popular open source CURA slicer included with the card. The Mini Select comes with a 1.75-mm PLA filament spool so you can start printing right away when you unpack and connect the printer. It does not include a USB interface, but you can cut a model onto the microSD card and print from there, or connect the printer to a PC or Mac via Wi-Fi.
The Mini Select not only offers an easily accessible metal print bed, but the print bed is heated so you can use all types of non-PLA filaments such as ABS and advanced materials such as conductive PLA and wood and metal filled filaments. The coils come standard with no RFID chip, so you can buy new filaments from dozens of providers.
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XYZprinting was one of the first vendors to launch an affordable FFF printer – the Da Vinci 1.0, which is still being sold, and the da Vinci mini w + is much smaller and unimpressive, but offers 5.9x 5.9 inches is the largest print area of all printers in this review The mini w + is larger than the da Vinci Nano, measures 15.4 x 13.2 x 14.2 and weighs just over 15 pounds Operation, but can be easily moved when not in use, if it is not in the way.
As with the most On other da Vinci printers, the mini w + uses only truncated spools instead of standard filaments. While XYZprinting charges a small premium for them, this is not an outrageous amount. The metal pressure bed is not heated, so it may happen that warp filaments other than PLA. Optionally, a hardened steel extruder is available for carbon fiber printing. This is the only printer in this compilation that can do this (but will charge you an additional $ 80). The print bed of the mini w + is automatically leveled, so you do not have to worry about leveling the bed before printing.
As with all XYZprinting models, the mini w + comes with the manufacturer's modeling and slicing software XYZmaker Suite. Both Windows and Mac operating systems are supported, and you can connect the mini w + via Wi-Fi or a USB cable.