With the variety of 3d printers and printing techniques increasing day by day, choosing a good printer becomes a difficult task. You would wish to buy a printer that can accurately turn your designs into real objects and products but little do you know how to choose such a printer. To ease you out of this predicament, here are top 5 tips for choosing the best 3D printer for your needs:
Mind the printer’s performance
Handling complex designs with curves and multi layers is not possible for every printer. There are many printers that support only a limited number of materials. Once you know exactly what types of 3D projects you will be doing and understand the material’s performance, it shall be much easier for you to choose the best 3D printer for your needs. Make sure you do the proper research before purchasing a new printer.
3D Printer Price
There are printers available in the markets that cost from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Besides the cost of the printer, the cost of accessories, scanner, material and 3D printing design software may also cost you a fortune. Make sure you define your budget beforehand so that you are not overwhelmed by the peripheral costs incurred on the printer.
Is it for Business or Private Use?
Ask yourself several questions such as “Do you plan to buy the printer for domestic use or do you intend increasing the productivity of your company by employing the printer?”, “Can the printer meet your designing needs?”, “Will the printer enable a faster production and marketing?” Answers to these questions will go a long way in enabling you to buy a good 3D printer.
Is it User Friendly?
In case you wish to use the printer to fulfill your hobby of producing 3D models, you need to have a user friendly printer. In case you wish to employ it for industrial use, make sure that your designer is familiar enough with the new printer.
What is the Printer Speed?
Whether it is a home printer or an industrial one, high production speed is necessary to meet desired production deadlines. Make sure your printer is fast enough to cater to your productivity requirements.
Having known all that you need to consider before buying a 3D printer for yourself, here are a few good options to consider:
1. Makerbot Replicator Z18: Best for business use.
This printer is quite expensive at $6,500 but the flexibility and reliability more than compensate for it. This has a massive size with a build volume of 2,592 cubic inches (12”X12”X18”). The size makes it ideal for printing large objects, sales items and models. It is a real time saver with its ability to print multiple objects and can be controlled by your smartphone.
2. Printrbot Simple 2014 3D Printer Kit: The Artists’ printer.
This has been called an ideal printer for artists for two main reasons. Firstly, it is cheaper because it can be bought as an unassembled kit. Secondly this printer allows artists to put their artistic panache on the machine itself. The printer comes with a folksy homespun look that impresses artists. Its un-assembled kit can be bought at $350 and the assembled one is available at $450.
3. XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer: For people on a tight budget.
4. Divinchi 1.0: This printer has the distinction of winning the CES 2014 Editors’ Choice Award for the Most Affordable Printer. It has double the build volume of the Printrbot model and is available for $500 which effectively makes it the cheapest 3D printer. It is ideal for household use by children or for use in classrooms. It has a case designed to prevent exposure to hot areas and does not have any filament movement that rules out any possibility of hair or ties getting caught in it.
The 5 tips and the printer options mentioned above will certainly help you in choosing the best 3D printer for your needs and allow you to make a wise and informed choice when you go to purchase one.