6 Things To Consider Before Buying a 3D Printer

Are you currently contemplating buying a 3D printer? This type of printer can be used to build models such as figurines, phone cases, musical instruments, and cosplay materials. The truth of the matter is, 3D printers can be used for pretty much anything. 

However, before you make that final decision to purchase a 3D printer, there are a number of things you should take note of. 

TYPES OF 3D PRINTERS 

These Printers make use of state of the art and cutting edge technologies to enable you to reproduce some physical things. The most popular type of 3D printers if the FDM which represents Fused Deposition Modeling. 

Fused Deposition Modeling printers in a quite simple way. They usually create a model simply by forcing out plastic that has already been preheated. 

Fused Deposition Modeling printers are very popular on the market and they should be very easy to find should you decide on buying one. 

Other types of 3D printers are Stereolithography and Laser Sintering. However, these versions are quite rare and they are more expensive than Fused Deposition Modeling printers. 

 

CUSTOM BUILT PRINTERS 

The process of building your own 3D printer is less expensive than purchasing a new one. However, you will need to have a lot of time to spare. 

However, if you do not possess the required skills to build a new one, or you are quite busy, it will be a good decision for you to opt for a pre assembled one. 

If you believe you have the uses for a 3D printer, all you have to do is pick one off the shelf at the nearest computer hardware store. Also, you could patronize any of the popular online stores and you will have your very own 3D printer delivered to your doorsteps in days! 

PRICE 

When you make the decision to purchase a 3D printer, you will discover that the price varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. A lot of factors are responsible for this but chief among them is the machine’s eventual output quality. 

The pricing usually starts from a $100 but this is usually for the more simple and basic models. The more professional and advanced of these machines cost more than $2000 but you can also purchase a quality 3D printer for around $1000. 

MATERIALS  

There are two basic materials you will need for printing in 3D. They are Poly Lactic Acid and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene.  

Both materials soften and harden according to the temperature. When the materials are heated, the soften but once the temperature drops, they solidify.  

A spool usually costs below $50. 

However, the material you choose will be decided by your projection of what you want the final product to look like. 

You should also know the type of material that your printer will work with. This is because not all printers are compatible with both materials. 

SAFETY 

Another factor to consider when deciding on a good 3D printer to choose is safety. Scratch that, safety should be the very first consideration on your list. There are also a number of precautions that you will have to take. 

This is because during the process of printing a particular project, 3D printers heat up very dangerously. Therefore, you should ensure that you do not burn yourself in the process.  

The machine also releases some toxic fumes when it has been particularly overworked. Therefore, you should wear the right protective gear when working with 3D machines. 

You should also ensure that the materials you use for this printer are made of food-grade plastic. 

QUALITY 

If you want to produce quality printed products with your printer, make sure you take into account two things: print speed and resolution. Actually, print resolution is the degree of detail the machine can produce. Usually, it is in microns. The smaller the microns are the higher the resolution of the object will be. The print speed of the machine measures the speed of the extruder. However, the speed of the machine will be affected by many factors. 

 

So, these are a few important things that you should keep in mind when buying a good quality 3D printer. Make sure you spend a few extra bucks and go for a printer that will print quality products.

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