Getting Started 1 – What Printer should I buy?

There have been many many attempts at an entry level 3D printers, none have been more popular than the Creality Ender 3. Its large enough to do most jobs, sturdy enough for it to be repeatable, reliable enough to be entry level friendly.

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Get the basic Ender 3, the pro/3x versions are not worth the extra money unless thats all you can find (which is the case from time to time). When we get into upgrades we will replace most of the things that they upgrade. (but if you get a pro or whatever you’re not out a lot of extra cash so don’t fret it too much.)

When you order your printer, order a spool or two of Esun or Hatchbox 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 dead on consistent. Fancy colors not required.

I also recommend you get a set (or two) of relatively accurate calipers. This is a good model to start with. These will be indispensable when tuning 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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