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a desk-mountable headphone holder for @penguwin

@katnjia

Depends a bit on your budget, but:

low-end: Ender 3
mid-range: Anycubic Mega S, Creality CR10S
high-end: Prusa i3 mk3

@fribbledom Oh interesting, thanks :blobcathappy:​ I've been looking at Prusa i3 kits, being a RepRap build and such, but I didn't know it was highly esteemed.

@katnjia

I mean, you can also go totally crazy and get one of those >$1k machines, that are even better built and a bit more user-friendly. But in my view, that's not a first-time printer, just like a Porsche isn't a first-time car 😆

With all those printers I mentioned you'll learn a lot more about 3D printing than with the $$$ plug-n-play machines.

In that price segment, Prusa offers fantastic quality, constantly advancing the current state of the art for an entire industry.

@katnjia

That's also why you see so many Prusa clones out there, of course. They're just tailgating whatever Prusa keeps releasing.

@fribbledom

That's rather what I want to avoid; I want to buy a kit and build myself, and learn. But they've been so expensive, and when I looked around the prices now, I can finally afford it

I got like loads of PLA 1.75mm fillament from a 3D pen laying around :'D

@katnjia

If you're into kits, the Prusa is highly recommended then. The Ender 3 is also nice to build, but support and the manual suffer in comparison with Prusa's.

The anycubic Mega S is pretty much the best plug-n-play model you can get in its price range: there's a total of 8 screws, everything else is prebuilt and ready to print.

@fribbledom I've been thinking about getting a 3D printer lately, but it's hard to say I want it for anything beyond the novelty. This is pretty cool for some actual utility. Do you use yours for many practical things, or is it largely the toy I expect mine would be?

@RawphullCawpter

Maybe 50/50. I do print tons of custom cases for Arduino devices I build, or the odd replacement parts like a broken keyboard foot or light switch. I also print a lot of goofy sculptures or figures with it, though 😆

It certainly doesn't disappoint as a hobby.

@fribbledom

Yeah, I've been mainly planning to use it for tabletop RPG and war game minis. I'd kinda like to fiddle with 3D modeling a bit, though, so I might try to do some useful stuff with it, but at the same time... I don't really know how much I actually need it compared to just really, really wanting one.

@fribbledom @penguwin
You're mastering this quickly.
I attended a talk where the speaker develops 3D printed universe maps for sight impaired students of astronomy.
Brilliant woman. Not remembering her name just now.

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