I was going to order up some more of my Micro models because I want to dial in the game pieces for my new rules. While I was doing so I began thinking about the costs of shipping from the hubs given how many models I've ordered over the years (tens of thousands) and realized that it was time to dive into 3D printing. I've always avoided owning a 3D printer, in part because I didn't want to lug one around from one city to the next. But I'm planning on being in my current location for a minute (American slang for an indeterminate period of time) so there's no reason not to get one. We'll see where we go from here.
For those interested, I bought an Ender Pro, a glass bed, and a set of nozzles down to .2. It should all be here tomorrow, so standby for more updates!
sounds very interesting ^.^ i've started with a mendel90 with glass-bed a few years ago .... Prusa replaced all glass-beds 2 years ago against new magnetic steel-beds! Glass beds are sometimes difficult. And Nozzles 5,4,3,2 ... didn't think it would be change the result extremly - 2mm with an Ender ^.^ very very interesting :-)
Quick follow-up question. What’s the best brand of filament for the smaller nozzles? Or is the best quality filament the best for all applications? I’m still need to order some spools for when the printer gets here on Saturday. Super excited to finally have one. I should have gotten one a year ago.
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Zach there are so many that i would say don't buy the cheapest but not the most expensive as you will have to learn how to print first , i only print in white now as i find that after inking the print this gives me the best results for painting , also before you start changing nozzles stick with the 0.4mm stock which is what i have used , if you go smaller or larger then you will have to start changing settings which when you are learning this is a headache which you could well do without. Once you think you have levelled the bed try and print a square wall say 1mm thick and 1mm high the size of your print bed , and watch the print as this will show you if you have indeed levelled it correctly as to the speed of the print i run at 25mm/s and a temperature of about 210 but that depends on the filament you get you may have to alter that. i dont have a heated bed so cant help there but i will say i donot use any glue , hair spray or glass plate to print on just the stock bed that the printer came with and mine are 3 years old
Buy 1-2 spools of different sellers - and then look how the quality of the filament is! Don't look for the price or for a name/brand. If you have a lot of problems to print a filament don't use it and change to another seller .... I've positive and negative results with cheap AND expensive filament!!! the range in europe is 15,- Euro to 30,- Euro for a 700 gr spool. The biggest problem is that the spool doesn't work and you have to stay near the printer for the whole time .....
Thanks for the advice everyone. The price is the same here, about $20 a spool and up. I ordered a spool of the top selling white colored filament on Amazon. I’ll be posting updates as I go. I can’t wait to get it set up tonight. I’ve got a number of things to get printed (some of which are mods, lol)...