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There have been  many attempts at an entry level 3D printers, none have been more popular than the Creality Ender 3. It’s large enough to do most jobs, sturdy enough for it to be repeatable, reliable enough to be entry level friendly. We recommend you spend $200-ish on this to figure out if you really like printing before spending more on a “fancier” printer and hating the experience.

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When you order your printer, order a spool or two of Esun PLA PRO/+ in white, black, or gray. There are fancier colors, but these spools will be used to basically calibrate and test your printer, and they are very consistent. Fancy colors not required.

Another thing to pick up is a Capricorn bowden tube and a craft knife. This is for the Creality hot end fix. I’ll be guiding you through that fix later on.

I also recommend you get a feeler gauge to help you level your bed and a set (or two) of relatively accurate calipers. This is a good model to start with. These will be indispensable when you level and calibrate your printer in part 2.

While you wait for all of that to show up. Head over to Thingiverse.com and find some models you want to download. I suggest you start with the bed leveling and calibration cubes. Take your pick here.

Finally, you’ll need a slicer. I prefer Cura. There are many others available, but I’ve found Cura the easiest to use getting started, and it’s free. Download here.

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  • bulletsd1 says:

    I just got my first 3D Printer in the mail today. I’ve been to busy all day to set it up, now I’m barely about to get it done.
    I’m really excited about printing my first 🔫 .
    Thanks for the videos. I would of never bought one if these ” getting started ” videos were not here .
    Thank You

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