r/3Dprinting 10d ago

Purchase Advice Purchase Advice Megathread - August 2022

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Welcome back to another purchase megathread!

This thread is meant to conglomerate purchase advice for both newcomers and people looking for additional machines. Keeping this discussion to one thread means less searching should anyone have questions that may already have been answered here, as well as more visibility to inquiries in general, as comments made here will be visible for the entire month stuck to the top of the sub, and then added to the Purchase Advice Collection (Reddit Collections are still broken on mobile view, enable "view in desktop mode").

If you are new to 3D printing, and are unsure of what to ask, try to include the following in your posts as a minimum:

  • Your budget, set at a numeric amount. Saying "cheap," or "money is not a problem" is not an answer people can do much with. 3D printers can cost $100, they can cost $10,000,000, and anywhere in between. A rough idea of what you're looking for is essential to figuring out anything else.
  • Your country of residence.
  • If you are willing to build the printer from a kit, and what your level of experience is with electronic maintenance and construction if so.
  • What you wish to do with the printer.
  • Any extenuating circumstances that would restrict you from using machines that would otherwise fit your needs (limited space for the printer, enclosure requirement, must be purchased through educational intermediary, etc).

While this is by no means an exhaustive list of what can be included in your posts, these questions should help paint enough of a picture to get started. Don't be afraid to ask more questions, and never worry about asking too many. The people posting in this thread are here because they want to give advice, and any questions you have answered may be useful to others later on, when they read through this thread looking for answers of their own. Everyone here was new once, so chances are whoever is replying to you has a good idea of how you feel currently.

Reddit User and Regular u/richie225 is also constantly maintaining his extensive personal recommendations list which is worth a read: Generic FDM Printer recommendations.

Additionally, a quick word on print quality: Most FDM/FFF (that is, filament based) printers are capable of approximately the same tolerances and print appearance, as the biggest limiting factor is in the nature of extruded plastic. Asking if a machine has "good prints," or saying "I don't expect the best quality for $xxx" isn't actually relevant for the most part with regards to these machines. Should you need additional detail and higher tolerances, you may want to explore SLA, DLP, and other photoresin options, as those do offer an increase in overall quality. If you are interested in resin machines, make sure you are aware of how to use them safely. For these safety reasons we don't usually recommend a resin printer as someone's first printer.

As always, if you're a newcomer to this community, welcome. If you're a regular, welcome back.


r/3Dprinting 11h ago

Work in progress (Empanadas machine)

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r/3Dprinting 8h ago Silver

Design Acorn Needlecase 🪡🧵💕

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r/3Dprinting 4h ago

I finally figured it out! I made a transparent iridescent 3D resin.

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r/3Dprinting 8h ago Silver

3D Printing A Batman Helmet For His Own Cat

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r/3Dprinting 7h ago

Discussion Thingiverse "Download all" is back!

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Looks like Thingiverse has resurrected the button of convenience.


r/3Dprinting 22h ago

Image Resin printing is pretty amazing as it is, but resin printing with translucent resin is magical

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r/3Dprinting 6h ago Bravo!

Capt. Jack Sparrow !!!!!! Countless amount of hours spent for this model. 🖨 Creality Ender 3 V2

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r/3Dprinting 3h ago Gold

Discussion as thingiverse is slowly dieing are creators movi´g to other platforms? I'm looking for ww2 and starwars wargaming stuff especially

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r/3Dprinting 8h ago

Design I mostly use my printers to build these. 3d printed nerf blasters. most of these files are on thingiverse. except the pistol. You'll have to buy the stl files for that one. hardware kits are usually linked with the stl files.

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r/3Dprinting 13h ago

The King of the TITANS! - 2 weeks to print and weights 1.2KG (2,6 pounds)

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r/3Dprinting 7h ago

Design 3D printed pop-up card wallet I made this week!

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r/3Dprinting 4h ago

Hello! I designed this spotify keyring inspired by The Fifth Element movie stones. It can be printed without supports. Any advice on how to share it so it can be customized?

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r/3Dprinting 2h ago

Image First 3d print ever - success!

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r/3Dprinting 8h ago

45-sec Tutorials: Printing Patterned Phone Cases (with flexible filament)

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r/3Dprinting 5h ago

Discussion In search of printing services

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I’m trying to build a small indoor gnome village for my wife for her birthday. Could anyone help me with this I can help locate .stl files. Thank you


r/3Dprinting 13h ago

Image 3d printed switchblade

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r/3Dprinting 2h ago

Question All my settings are good except for supports, i end up with a tough clean up and possibly chip some stuff off in the process. What settings do you recommend in cura to make supports easier to remove?

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r/3Dprinting 5h ago

Image Finally somewhat done

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r/3Dprinting 9h ago

Discussion Printed a Roller Blade brake pad, will it have enough braking power/be durable enough not to replace too often? (Material is PLA).

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r/3Dprinting 4h ago Silver

Image I made a full scale lokomo sword

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r/3Dprinting 11h ago

Image Since you guys liked my ceramic-bency so much, I now present you the ceramic Dark Knight

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r/3Dprinting 1d ago Helpful

Meta A guy who posted a bunch of vases he printed inspired me to design and print a cool vase myself lol. I like it.

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r/3Dprinting 5h ago

work in progress

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r/3Dprinting 1h ago

Image Could I use milliput so smooth this out and sand it?

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r/3Dprinting 8h ago

Design 1890's Pencil Sharpener

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