5 Tips to Buying a 3D Printer

There are a lot of reasons to buy a 3D printer and 3D printing being a fun experience is just one of them. This technology is now used for various purposes and anyone can make use of it for personal interests or even for business. Mass production and improvement in the technology industry made 3D printers even more affordable for many and there are lots of exciting trends going on in 3D printing that makes it even more awesome.

Also, there are lots of amazing things to look forward to as the technology and its accompanying trends continue to improve and get better over time.

If you are thinking about buying a 3D printer any time soon, you will find these tips very helpful:

  • To Buy Or Not to Buy?

Before you go on the details of your purchase, you might want to rethink whether you really need to buy a 3D printer or not. Aside from the cost, another factor to consider with this decision is the frequency of use. If you need a 3D printer for a single use or for occasional use only, you may want to consider renting or going to a printing hub. If a 3D printer is something you will need to use often, then, buying is the right choice.

  • Decide on the Type of Printer to Buy

The two types of 3D printer used today are FDM and SLA 3D printers. Each works differently based on various factors. You need to know and understand the difference between these two to make an informed choice. Make sure that the printer you will end up buying will suit your needs and preferences in the long run as it is not a cheap investment.  

  • Consider Print Bed Size and Auto-Level/ Calibration

When deciding for a 3D printer consider the bed size of the printer you want to buy. A bigger bed means you can print bigger objects. As well, it allows you to do more outputs at the same time due to its size. Of course, you need to assume that a printer with bigger bed size costs more than smaller ones. Also, some printer beds need to be calibrated which will take a few minutes while there are those that are automatically calibrating. You might want to consider if adding a few hundred dollars for this feature will be worth it.

  • Software and Filament Types

Opt for a software that is easy to use, especially if you are not very techy or if you are new to 3D printing. The types of filaments you can use on your printer and their costs should also be considered for usage in the long run.

  • Buy from Trusted Stores

You need to be smart about where to buy a 3D printer to get the best quality. Choose trusted stores as well as online platforms like Amazon. Some stores may offer products that are defective or ones that may not last for a very long time.

Take your time when buying a 3D printer to make sure you are getting the best one that will fit your needs and preferences.

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