for the last 10 years i periodically ask someone whos really into 3d printers "are 3d printers actually good yet?" and they're like "yeah! theyre amazing!" and then i actually do my own research and they still take like 19 hours to print anything and they can't print anything bigger than about 25 or 30cm wide, and even the best ones have lines on everything you have to sand off, or resin curing bullshit to deal with, and even the ones that cost $4000 still have several (or all) of these problems
if the truth is that 3D printers are just kind of shitty, then i could get behind that and buy a really cheap one and get shitty results and be okay with it, because at least i didn't invest too much money. but that isn't how it works!!! you buy a cheap one and it just doesn't work at all, unless you also invest weeks into learning all about them in order to make it work, and probably buying more shit too
@jk What's cheap? 200-300 will get you one that'll work and be as 'shitty' as the rest of them, as in it'll have layer lines and take time to print, but be reliable and consistent. Printing itself has a lot of tweakable settings, but it'll come with a ready made profile usually or get a common one.
@jk (by the way for some reason I've been reading your posts particularly in David Lynch's yelling agent Cole voice and it's been great.)
@jk again it depends on your expectations and what you consider cheap and shitty. This was my first 3D printer. It worked pretty well straight out of the box with PLA. https://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_id=21711
It's definitely small and limited in materials, but I've since upgraded to an Ender model with a lot more capabilities and haven't used it in a year as it's much more finicky. Or rather printing in materials other than PLA are finicky...
@jk I can send you my old one, but no guarantees it works out of the box. I've had to replace some parts and it's been sitting for quite awhile.
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