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    What 3D printer should I get?

    I am new to this forum, I joined because I plan on getting into 3D printing. I have 8 years experience in 3D modelling, so I'm set on that end. I'm looking for a 3d printer with 2 print heads. I'm hoping to be able to print in many materials and would like the printing head to be easily interchangeable. I'm looking for print resolution<100 microns. I am quite tech savy and would be able to assemble a kit (in the past I had considered building one from scratch). I would prefer to spend a max of $500. Materials I would like to part are as follows: PLA, ABS, Nylon, TPE, Polycarbonate, PVA, metal filaments, etc. I would love and appreciate and help you can offer. I know its a tall order and I'm willing to compromise on a couple of the specs.
    I have looked into 3d printers a couple years ago, and was interested in the Deltaprintr but I have since decided that a cartesian printer would be better.
    Last edited by Tиtaн; 02-04-2019 at 01:35 AM.

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    If you are looking to buy a 3d printer with 2 print heads, then I would be recommended you Flashforge Creator Pro. It is some costly as per your maximum budget but comes with many good features. It is most stylish and user friendly in design. It support filaments such as PLA, ABS, TPU, Copper, Wood, Carbon Fiber, Gradient Color etc.
    Last edited by Susanne; 02-08-2019 at 07:17 AM.

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    For 500usd you not will find a proper printer with 2 headers that work properly.
    Dual print is not as easy as you can see in youtube videos, is plenty of issues and problems, and with this amount is easy you have it all.

    As Susanne said, perhaps is better to invest a little more, Flashforge is a good option, another one can be BCN3D printers (dual headers but standalone)

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    Super Moderator curious aardvark's Avatar
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    okay forget polycarbonate.
    2 reasons.
    1) It needs high nozzle and bed temps that most <$500 printers won't do.
    2) it needs a heated print volume and is a real pita to get it to stick to anything useful. A
    And once you do get it to stick - getting it off can be virtually impossible.
    Polymaker give you a sheet of of buildtak with the pc spool. It did stick, but destroyed the sheet in the attempt to remove the print

    the qidi replicator pro clone is probably tour best bet:

    But that's nearly $700
    There is a reason you don't often see dual extruder printers under $500.
    there's this:
    Basically and ender 3 style with extra extruder. The design throw up so many issues. The central support print bed with no side rails i3 design, is something I would personally avoid.

    People do get good prints from them. judging by all the issues we see round here - probably not that many :-)

    This is a much better looking machine:

    That's probably as good as it's going to get.

    Mind you then there's this:
    three-in-one delta.
    Rather you than me - just trying to work out the slicing could give you migraines :-)
    For the money, the flsun looks like a decent buy.

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    I really do like the QIDI one, The reason I was hoping to have 2 print heads was so I could print dissolvable support. I should be able to avoid needed support structures for most prints in the design process but I wanted that capability to use it. Any other tips besides avoiding polycarbonate?

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    Super Moderator curious aardvark's Avatar
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    pretty much everything else - with the exception of hi-end industrial filaments - you can print on an open frame machine.

    Also there's nothing stopping you from building an enclosure for an open frame machine. Few sheets of polystyrene and some tape is all you need.

    Nylon is kind of tricky - no matter what. It really doesn't pay to buy generic cheap nylon. Go for something like taulman 645 or mymat (that's a bit pricier).
    Both work well on unenclosed machines.

    Other than that and not bothering with abs, it's all good :-)

    for flexible filaments - I prefer flexible pla. It's slightly stiffer than tpu based filaments, just as strong and works well on both direct drive and bowden setups.
    My direct drive machines will print flexibles up to 40mm/s, the delta with bowden only does it at 20mm/s - but given it's a full length bowden tube - it shouldn't be doing it at all :-)

    I do have good soluble filament , but as I design all my models to print without supports - never really used it.

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