5 COMMON QUESTIONS BEFORE BUYING A 3D PRINTER

Not every 3D printer suits everybody. The market offers a wide range of 3D printers, among which you must find the most suitable one for you. Which 3D printing technology is suitable for your hobby or business? Are you a beginner or an advanced user? How much are you willing to spend? Here are some common questions that customers ask themselves before purchasing a 3D printer.

We believe that our answers will help you make the decision easier.

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1. YOUR 3D PRINTING NEEDS & GOALS…

What is your goal? Printing smaller or larger pieces? Will they be easy to print or high-performance parts? Which material should they be made of?

Before buying a 3D printer, you should also evaluate which technology is most suitable for your projects. Is it FFF (most widely used), SLA, DLP, SLS, SLM, MJ, DED or LOM? You can read more details about all technologies here.

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2. TYPE OF 3D PRINTER AND ITS CHARACTERISTICS

We divide 3D printers according to the technology and the type. Some printers offer industrial-grade quality, while others are for home use. The former are generally larger and more massive, while the latter are desktop and easily portable.

Of course, 3D printers have different characteristics. Recently, the build volume is a big factor that matters. Our 3D printers ranges up to 40 x 35 x 50 cm of 3D printing volume! Most offer a touch screen, a filament supply sensor and a camera for the remote control, but the differences are in the temperature of the chamber and the build plate, the number of extruders or the build plate leveling.

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3. COMPATIBLE MATERIALS

Do you need high-performance end products or simpler ones? Of course, the difference is also in the quality of the surface, where resin 3D printers work better. For prototyping with FFF 3D printers, a simple PLA material is sometimes quite sufficient, while some have requirements for extremely powerful and materials that are difficult to use such as PEEK and ULTEM. To 3D print a wider range of materials, you will also need a more advanced 3D printer, with nozzles that can heat up significantly more.

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You can read more about different filaments here.

4. YOUR 3D PRINTING KNOWLEDGE…

Would you like just to get familiar 3D printing or are you already an advanced user? If you are just getting in touch with 3D printing, then you will certainly not reach for a professional one, but you will look for ones that are suitable for beginners.

Don’t be scarred or worried that you won’t be able to handle the process. We offer the possibility of training, from beginners to the most demanding users. Learning isn’t as complicated as it sounds

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5. YOUR BUDGET…

Of course, budget affects every purchase, even when it comes to a 3D printer, but you can get your FlashForge device by us for just a couple of 100 EUR!

The price range of 3D printers is large, from a few hundred euros to several thousands. A low price clearly does not mean that it will not meet your needs. In any case, the more expensive ones are usually more accurate, offer a higher build volume and wider range of compatible materials, but with all this they can completely exceed your needs.