Things to Know Before Buying a 3D Printer

A radically environment-friendly choice, as opposed to traditional printers, here is how you could salvage a wise investment 

Quite a wondrous boon to those who dabble in architecture and design, 3D printers are definitely more than just a dilly-dally with during leisure. Even the younger population is just as keen to get a head start with 3D printers for it is a fast-emerging industry with innumerable scopes for creativity. A community of dedicated 3D printing hobbyists have sprung up and some find it tricky to choose the right set from the multitudes of options.

Here are the essentials:

Learn the Basics

Without a thorough grasp of the fundamental functioning of a 3D printer, trudging the murky waters of purchasing the devices becomes tricky. Typically, with these devices, you would need to upgrade certain features while replacing the other parts. Besides helping you guide the most efficient one, your knowledge of printers would be useful in the maintenance and upkeeping of one. Instead of relegating the task to a tech expert, develop extensive practical and theoretical knowledge about the machine.

Know the Types

3D printers are available in different varieties: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA) and Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) to mention a few. Each has its unique features and functionalities, and your choice should be in sync with what you intend to accomplish with the device. You must be cognizant of the specific features associated with each type—especially the pros and cons.

Get Started with a Beginner-Friendly Material

Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) is both versatile and cheap to use. It is safe and paves for a smooth passage if you are trying your hands for the first time at 3D printing. With PLA, you are assured of durable and sturdy materials without the fuss of toxic fumes. Since it is biodegradable and has a lower melting point, your work gets done without hiccups.

Watch Out for the Print Bed Quality

The print bed quality influences the quality of the final print. Print beds are usually available in plastic, glass or aluminium; glass is the popular choice owing to its utility and convenience.

Check the Filament Quality 

Since the filament determines the quality of the print, cross-verifying its quality before placing the order is a must. Poor-quality filament would affect the longevity and texture of the final printed object. Research the esteemed brands, quality, teer and strength of the filaments before you compare the prices. Certain materials, such as ABS or raisin, have a higher price.