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    #76
    PLA is much more forgiving than ABS so its an amazing place to start. Also doesn't stink the crap out of the place. ABS is much more robust once you get the hang of it though, and PETG is also a good alternative that's widely available if you need something with a bit more strength than PLA.

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    #77
    A_Tiny_Chipmunk wrote:
    bit of a necro, but thought better than opening a new thread, recommendations for buying one on a budget as much to play with. and to make things for around the house. Dont mind DIY (actually would enjoy building it). Do they still do ones that you can upgrade by printing the upgrades :P
    Couple good options for older models on TradeMe at the moment. An Up for $100 no reserve and a Da Vinci for $250.

    As well as a few kitsets, but the prebuilts are probably a better choice to start with.

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    #78
    PLA has no fumes and is non toxic, with ABS you need good ventilation unless you want to poison yourself.

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    #79
    PLA it is thanks you for the reasoning, makes perfect sense now

    what about something like

    https://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers...IaAo2mEALw_wcB

    makes it what, $280nz Im in wellington, so i see alot of the ones on TM dont post or its quite alot of $

    edit: isnt this the same one? https://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/...a3dc74a49d47fc

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    #80
    A_Tiny_Chipmunk wrote:
    PLA it is thanks you for the reasoning, makes perfect sense now

    what about something like

    https://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers...IaAo2mEALw_wcB

    makes it what, $280nz Im in wellington, so i see alot of the ones on TM dont post or its quite alot of $

    edit: isnt this the same one? https://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/...a3dc74a49d47fc
    My first 3D printer was an i3 like that one. I got a couple prints out of it but it kept jamming and generally failing (the X sensor wouldn't always work and it would keep grinding up, as well as one of the Z motors took command and pulled the rod from the other one), it scared me away from 3D printing for years as I didn't have enough knowledge at the time.

    I still have it, and will probably crack it out, fix it and upgrade it a bit, but from my experience at least I wouldn't recommend an unassembled printer first off. A bowden extruder makes life a lot easier as well which would be the first thing I change. Both of my newer printers have bowden extruders and separating the functions make it far easier to manage as well the filament routing better.

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    #81
    Personally, not a fan of acrylic frames, at that price point you probably don't have much choice though.

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    #82
    A_Tiny_Chipmunk wrote:
    PLA it is thanks you for the reasoning, makes perfect sense now

    what about something like

    https://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers...IaAo2mEALw_wcB

    makes it what, $280nz Im in wellington, so i see alot of the ones on TM dont post or its quite alot of $

    edit: isnt this the same one? https://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/...a3dc74a49d47fc
    If you want a project and can pick up from Tauranga I just had a fixed price offer of $150 for this:
    https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Lis...3461&archive=1

    Happy to accept it if you want to buy it and aren't going to screw me over by not collecting it.

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    #83
    suntoucher wrote:
    If you want a project and can pick up from Tauranga I just had a fixed price offer of $150 for this:
    https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Lis...3461&archive=1

    Happy to accept it if you want to buy it and aren't going to screw me over by not collecting it.

    Thank you for the offer, but I probably dont have the know how to get that up and running. When i said Kit I meant like heres everything and some instructions

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    #84
    I have the Anet A8, was awesome as a first printer and still goes hard. Assembling it from scratch meant I knew how it worked from the get go and if something breaks or isnt working you can generally pin point it straight away ie: loose belt, bed not leveled right, bed/extruder not heating, filament grinding.

    I would recommend the Anycubic i3 Mega or Creality Ender 3 over it though these days, they were not on the market at the time and have basically taken over the A8 as the go to cheap entry point to the market.

    Metal frame over acrylic is a big thing, the acrylic flexes a bit and you get slightly less precise lines and a bit of waving from the vibrations. Metal frames are more rigid so less of that.

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    #85
    before i hit go, $327 for shipped from gearbest for the creality ender 3. shall i do it also, where to buy filament from? just TM?

    Edit: bit the bullet, did it excite
    Last edited by A_Tiny_Chipmunk; 16th December 2018 at 2:40 pm.

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    #86
    Just got an Ender 3 Pro!

    I'm pretty useless so it took my like... 4 hours to assemble lmao. Finally working and I'm loving it. So frickn awesome.

    My bed seems to dip slightly in the middle though. I level it perfectly on the edges but the middle has about double the space, so I think it's causing slight print issues

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    #87
    Nice! I bought from Gearbest and I think the shipping was 2ish weeks. A few mates who have printers purchased from there and all arrived so its a solid place to buy from.

    I just buy cheap filament from Trademe, got a guy I can pick up from on the way home from work.

    Filament goes bad if it gets moisture damaged so try to keep just the one roll open at a time and if you are super pedantic when not printing remove it from the printer and store in a tupperware container with a silicon pack. I don't do that myself but I have a mate who does. He also tends to buy brand name filament instead of my random cheap stuff.

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    #88
    Oh good tip, I didn't know moisture affected filament

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    #89
    Beds can warp or have production defects. Do you have a steel ruler handy? those are best for checking if there is any warping of the print bed.

    Otherwise get yourself a glass plate to put on top and print on that. I just buy cheap picture frames from the Warehouse and use the glass from that ghetto style.

    If you start to get prints coming off the bed then you got 4 things to do to help -
    1, Glass print surface.
    2, Blue painters tape down and print on to that.
    3, Try printing with the bed at about 70c which is what I am using at the mo.
    4, Gluestick to put a thin layer of glue on the glass before printing, usually watered down a bit.

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    #90
    This was my last print. Its for the tabletop game Star Was Legion.

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    #91
    Sick! I'm excited

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    #92
    suntoucher wrote:
    Just for you.

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    Looks like you've got the same shithouse HAIER dishwasher as me. Man it's a ****ing terrible design.