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3D Printer suggestions

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  • Member since
    January 2012
  • From: Cincinnati, OH
3D Printer suggestions
Posted by DanR1967 on Thursday, May 25, 2023 12:17 PM

Anyone here using a 3D printer? I'm looking for a low cost option and Anycubic has one in the $160 range. Has anyone used this and can they list some pros and cons? 


  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by PFJN2 on Thursday, May 25, 2023 1:51 PM


Microcenter had/has(?) a sale on the Creality Halot for $99 recently.  I picked one up, but haven't had a chance to mess around with it yet.



  • Member since
    January 2012
  • From: Cincinnati, OH
Posted by DanR1967 on Thursday, May 25, 2023 2:35 PM

I've seen that but have been hesitant.


  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, May 25, 2023 7:37 PM


The 3D printers keep getting better and better... But I still recommend concentrating on the design to be printed and - unless you print tons of stuff - instead of buying your own printer I'd look for somebody who would print your design for you. There are lots of machines with free time just waiting to be filled with print jobs. On the other hand, do you really want to get involved in poring smelly resin, then washing your print and hardening it with UV light, cleaning the machine and so on?

And it's much easier to find someone to print out your design for you that it is finding someone who would design your design for you.

OK, so any way you go - good luck with it and have a nice day



All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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    January 2010
Posted by CrashTestDummy on Friday, May 26, 2023 8:36 AM

And it's the resin/UV ones you want.  The filament-melting ones, I don't think have the resolution that anyone wanting to augment a model kit will want.  I, too, have a Creality one, but have yet to fire it up.  There's a steep learning curve with the developing a model, running it through the slicer program and properly setting up/using the printer.  

I don't think you'll be happy with a $160 printer....  at least yet.  

G. Beaird,

Pearland, Texas


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