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  1. #1

    New here with Quite a few options between $200-$400

    Hello all!
    New to the scene and looking at getting a 3D printer finally.
    One thing I'd like to do with it is make Miniatures for my sons D&D game. Yes I know in that price range I can't get something great and would need to go to a Photon printer if I wanted the accuracy, but I don't want that mess.
    After I mentioned that I'd like to get one so I can make Miniatures for our son, my wifes mind started going through everything she can make, lol.
    So I have no idea what I'll be making besides miniatures (if I'm able to get them looking decent enough)
    Now here's where I'm having troubles. I'm trying to research these things and I keep seeing many different ones getting recommended. And Yes I did go through old posts here and other sites to see what people suggest.
    Now from what I've seen, ALOT of people like the CR-10(S) and the Anycubic I3 Mega it seems.
    This is all the information I could find on these printers. I'm curious to know the wattage these things run at, but not that easy to find that information for all the printers.

    I also haven't found much information on the QiDi XOne2, is it that new of a printer? The few reviews I've read were good reviews, just don't see alot of people here recommend.
    I'm also curious to know if some of these printers aren't even worth it and shouldn't be on my list. And does it just come down to personal preference with them?
    Is there any thing else I should be looking for in a first printer?
    By the way, I'm very mechanically/electrically inclined and would have no problems putting any 3D printer kit together. I also know I'll have to tinker with it some after assembly to tweak it.

    So here's my list of what I'm looking at. Also is there any other printer I should add to my list that's in the $200-$400 range. And did I miss any information on any of those printers that you guys might know of or that should be included?

    Creality CR-10 $440

    • 300 x 300 x 400mm (11.8" x 11.8" x 15.8")
    • Supports multiple 3D printing filaments
    • Heated bed
    • Resolution 100 Microns
    • 270W
    • Speed - 100mm/s
    • File Format - OBJ, STL, G-Code


    Tevo Tornado $360
    • 300 x 300 x 400mm (11.8" x 11.8" x 15.8")
    • Supports multiple 3D printing filaments
    • Heated Plate
    • Resolution 50 Microns
    • 250W/60W
    • Speed - 150mm/s
    • File Format - STL, G-Code


    Folger Tech i3-2020 $270
    • No Plate (8" x 8" x 6")
    • No LCD (+$12 LCD/SD card reader)
    • Aluminum Frame
    • Resolution 50 Microns
    • 360W
    • Speed - 120mm/s
    • File Format - STL


    Monoprice Maker Select 3D $230
    • 200 x 200 x 180mm (8" x 8" x 7")
    • Supports multiple 3D printing filaments
    • Heated Plate
    • Resolution 100 Microns
    • Speed - 150mm/s
    • File Format - STL, OBJ, DAE, AMF


    Monoprice Maker Select Plus $310
    • 200 x 200 x 180mm (8" x 8" x 7")
    • Supports multiple 3D printing filaments
    • Heated Plate
    • Resolution 100 Microns
    • Speed - 70mm/s
    • File Format - STL, OBJ, DAE, AMF


    he3d K200 $190
    • 200 x 200 x 300mm (8" x 8" x 11.8")
    • Supports main 3D printing filaments
    • Heated Plate
    • Aluminum Frame
    • Resolution 100 Microns
    • Speed - 300mm/s
    • File Format - STL


    Creality3D Ender 3 $230
    • 220 x 220 x 250mm (8.7" x 8.7" x 9.8")
    • Resume Print
    • ABS/PLA/TPU - 3D printing filaments
    • Heated Plate
    • 360W
    • Speed - 180mm/s
    • File Format - STL, OBJ, G-Code


    HICTOP 3DP-12 $240/$340
    • 270 x 210 x 195mm (10.6" x 8.3" x 7.7")
    • Autolevel
    • Supports Multiple 3D printing filaments
    • Heated Plate
    • Speed - 90mm/s
    • File Format - STL, OBJ, G-Code


    Qidi XOne-2 $290
    • 140 x 140 x 140mm (5.5" x 5.5" x 5.5")
    • Heated Plate
    • ONLY ABS and PLA 3D printing filaments
    • Great Customer Support
    • Enclosed Printing Area


    HE3D prusa i3 EI3 $210 ($266)

    • 200 x 200 x 200mm (7.9" x 7.9" x 7.9")
    • Metal and Acrylic Frame (All metal +$56)
    • Supports Multiple 3D printing Filaments
    • Heated Plate
    • AutoLevel
    • 250W
    • Resolution 50 Microns
    • Speed - 150mm/s
    • File Format - STL, G-Code


    Anycubic I3 Mega (Upgraded) $330
    • 210 x 210 x 205mm (8.3" x 8.3" x 8")
    • Heated Plate
    • Solid Metal Frame
    • Resume Print
    • Resolution 50 Microns
    • Speed - 100mm/s
    • Supports ABS/PLA/HIPS/Wood
    • File Format - STL, OBJ, G-Code, DAE, AMF
    Last edited by Crappyone; 11-26-2018 at 01:52 PM.

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    Engineer-in-Training Roberts_Clif's Avatar
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    I made my choice two years ago

    HICTOP 3DP-11/12

    • 270 x 210 x 195mm (10.6" x 8.3" x 7.7")
    • Autolevel
    • Supports Multiple 3D printing filaments
    • Heated Plate
    • Speed - 90mm/s
    • File Format - STL, OBJ, G-Code

    I purchased the first 3DP11 two years ago and the 3DP12 one year ago.
    Have upgraded the Firmware several time now using Marlin 1.1.7 currently.

    Though both 3D Printers are upgraded to full Auto Level + Filament run-out sensors.

    ASK ME IF WOULD DO IT AGAIN THE ANSWER IS STILL DEFIANTLY!
    Last edited by Roberts_Clif; 11-27-2018 at 07:14 AM.

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    with the exception of the k200 - delta.
    they are pretty much all the same. So go for the one with the most features.

    I don't recommend the k200 as a first printer. takes a while to get it dialled in - so better get experience with something easier first.
    That said - I love deltas :-) and my k200 has been a total workhorse.

    If you want a delta for minitures go for the monoprice mini delta.
    100% plug and play and only $160.
    wifi, auto level - set mine up on wifi in about a minute.
    Going to change the 0.4mm nozzle for a 0.25 for detail stuff.

    so maybe an ender 3 and a monoprice mini delta :-)
    So the mini delta for the minitures and the ender for your wife :-)
    Believe me you can't have too many !

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    Thank you guys.

    Yeah maybe I'll hold off on the K200 Delta. A guy at work was telling me his brother has a Delta (not sure what brand/size/type), but he always has to tweak the machine during printing or it'll go off kilter because it shakes so much.
    So that does seem like quite the curve to just start off printing with. So I will pass on that for now.

    That Delta Mini seems interesting though. Not sure I could spring for 2 printers though. Whatever I don't spend on one will go towards Filaments, Xmas and B-days coming up too. So I'll probably just have to stick with one......for now. That Delta Mini is cheap enough I could get it in a few months.

    I guess my search is still on. Thanks Roberts and Curious. I guess I need to do some more research and atleast narrow it down alittle more.

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