Cheapest 3D printer ever?

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If you are bored you can watch this video where Thomas Sanladerer builds this €72 wobbly printer and seeemingly enjoyed it :)

 

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If you are bored you can watch this video where Thomas Sanladerer builds this €72 wobbly printer and seeemingly enjoyed it :)

I saw that! I think it's fun that he bought one and did a video.

It's silly, but I bet if you showed that to a 3D printing hobbyist 10 years ago, it would blow their mind! LOL!

I'm loving how accessible 3D printing has become.

An entrepreneur friend of mine recently got a Bambu Labs printer and has been posting on FB about how awesome it is, and how game-changing 3D printing can be.

I'm printing on my Ender 3 V3 SE right now and am still impressed with the cost, ease of setup, speed, and reliability. It just works.
 

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The Bambu X1C works out of the box but is a nightmare to service even some of the simplest parts.
If a bearing goes faulty on the gantry then its throwaway and buy a new $100+ gantry as there is no way to remove the bearing. Currently there is a problem on some machines where a bed cable gets frayed or breaks due to a pretty dodgy routing design where its squashed through a small gap and rubs up against a leadscrew. To change it you have to take half the machine apart.

As far as printing ABS/ASA etc goes although it's enclosed there are lots of openings in the back panel where fumes escape and drafts can effect the print. The rear leadscrew is also bombarded by lots of filament cut offs that should go down the "poop chute" but don't.

They have taken all the open source design ideas and made a printer that works well, especially for newbies to 3D printing but their designs are not friendly for long term maintenance. I'm guessing that some of the design team came from designing cars that look great but the owner can't service :) The remainder came from the DJI design team ('nuff said).

But they are not alone. A very new innovation is the beltless linear motor driven printer. Its $2000 and has bare mains wiring under the base and at the bed. Think they need to read about health and safety before there are any fatalities.

 

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I'm printing on my Ender 3 V3 SE right now and am still impressed with the cost, ease of setup, speed, and reliability. It just works.
I sometimes laugh at some of the new printer designs, but are they truly new designs, or just gimmicks..

Over the years I’ve found the older designs are better at what they do, but spare parts are getting harder to get, the one thing I do like is how easy to fix they are on the fly..

No matter what goes wrong they are pretty easy to sort out and have you back printing in no time at all, nothing is too complicated..

Give me the old stuff anytime..:)
 
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