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    3D printer recommendation in Canada

    I'm sure this question has been asked hundreds of times, but I'm having difficulty picking the right printer. I'm a retired Tool & Die maker and looking for something to mess around with here at home. Being located in Canada has always been a hassle trying to get items mainly because of the high shipping and brokerage fees. Does anyone know a retailer located in Canada(Ontario preferably)? I'm looking to spend between $1500-$2000 but there's so many choices available, I'm getting confused as to what I want to get. I definitely want a quality and reliable unit, but also want to easily get replacement parts and consumables when I need them. I understand this is a broad question like "what kind of car should I buy", but If I could narrow my choice to a few units that would be of great help.What would you buy/stay away from if you were to buy another printer?Thanks ahead for any reply.Dan

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    Well, you could narrow your choices by understanding the types of materials and processes you can use for 3d printing and then once you know each of their strengths and weaknesses you can choose the right type of printer for you and from there it is just a matter of how much do you want to spend vs. quality. So today there is FDM printing which is the plastic filaments. There is SLA which is light cured resins, and there is SLS printing which is sand that gets cured by lasers. I personally prefer the FDM because the filament is cheap and the prints with a thick layer height are nice and strong. The light cured resin stuff looks great but the resin is pricey, hard to store because you know it cures with light, and the resin prints are weak so resin does not make for good functional parts. And you have to do your own diligence on the Selective Laser Sintering(SLS) printing. I know it is out there but don't know too much about it yet.

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    most 3d printers (fdm) use standard parts. So that's never going to be a problem.
    The vast majority are strill at the easily tinkerable stage. has a bunch of 3d printers. Also one of the few sites that list prices in canadian dollars v:-)

    We need some idea of what things you think you might want to print, print volume area etc.

    So here#s a few to look at.
    new machine based on a truly classic design.
    qidi have one of the best reputations of any of the chinese manufacturers.

    Nice looking delta:

    I3's are the popular design these days, many of them have 'issues'.
    This doesn't look too bad:

    Then you've got the new prusa mini - one of the most electronically advanced machines around and reasonable price.
    or the bigger prusa mk3 they all ship from the czech republic - so p&p is the same for everyone.

    Give us a bit more info

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