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  • Help geronimo buy a 3d printer

    No i haven't been lurking but ive missed the place!

    Anyway, does anybody have any experience to help guide a purchase of a 3d printer? I'm strongly leaning towards fdm but other than that I'm mostly looking for maximum flexibility, reliability, and precision without spending a lot more than $500 on this first printer.

    can anybody speak to the worth of dual extruders vs single or of a wide variety of plastics vs just pla and abs? I'm sure this first one will be what i can work with for the next couple of years and I'm not really satisfied with the inconsistent guidance reviews and buyer's guides are offering.

    thanks for any advice and sorry being such a stranger again.

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    I can't really help you but I have been watching Jay Leno's Garage especially the episodes where he works on extremely rare pre-1920 cars. For most of these cars spare parts no longer exist and even original factory specifications no longer exist so they have had to resort to 3d modeling with lasers of the few remaining original parts and 3rd metal printing in order to produce copies of factory originals. It is just fascinating.

    Maybe start by telling us what you wish to accomplish then maybe people can tell you which technology is best or at least good enough for what you want to do? What is it you seek to accomplish?
    Try http://wordforge.net/index.php for discussion and debate.

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      All my printers have been 3D. 2D ones are usually photos or drawings, and don't really work.
      Indifference is Bliss

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        Shoot, I had intended to post this in the sub forum. my apologies.

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          No problem. Moved.
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            Originally posted by Dinner View Post
            Maybe start by telling us what you wish to accomplish then maybe people can tell you which technology is best or at least good enough for what you want to do? What is it you seek to accomplish?
            Thanks Dinner.

            Applications I hope to accomplish include simple repairs of small broken plastic components, preferably with choices of materials that can handle some wear and tear without constant failure, figurines for my daughter whose requests are picky beyond belief, something for my daughter to print her 3d designed projects on at home, a few props and bits for my young sons hobbies and mechanical engineering kits that he currently embellishes on with woefully inadequate materials like cardboard. Basically I decided I should get one when I realized how often I've replaced something purely because a 3d printable part was no longer available or paid enough for such a part that I instead upgraded earlier than was strictly necessary.

            Could anybody speak to the worth of dual extruders vs single or of a wide variety of plastics vs just pla and abs? I'm sure this first one will be what i can work with for the next couple of years and I'm not really satisfied with the inconsistent guidance reviews and buyer's guides are offering.

            I've generally trusted Tom's hardware

            https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-3d...view-2236.html

            and they and several other reviewers like the Monoprice Voxel (AKA Flashforge Adventurer 3)

            But shopping for one I can't help but notice dual extruders with much larger printable volumes like the Qidi Tech X pro for only about $70 more.

            https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076BLQWHY...ing=UTF8&psc=1

            Those Voxel endorsing roundup reviews aren't very old. Why doesn't the X Pro blow the Voxel out of the water? I feel as if I am missing something or maybe several somethings.

            thank you so much for any advice!

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