Low cost 3d printer: the 3 most important things you need to know before buying one
You want to step into the 3D printing world and you are considering to go for a low cost 3D printer? If this is your case, choose carefuly before buying one: a low cost 3D printer can be a bad investment in some cases and can give you a poor final product. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you have to go for the most expensive ones in order to succeed in your 3D printing projects.
Just find out the 3 most important things you need to be aware of before buying a low cost 3D printer and step wisely into the 3D printing world!
What are the problems of a low cost 3D printer?
1. Some will have a very small build volume
A low cost 3D printer usually has a build volume limitation and we all know how build volume is crucial since we don’t want to print chairs for ants. This means that cheap can cost you more since you won’t be able to go on with your projects with this huge limitation. Considering the price range of our CraftBot, you’ll get a much better product since CraftBot has one of the biggest build volume in its class (250x200x200 mm, approx. 10x8x8 in) – that’s why our CraftBot is not only a low cost 3D printer but a printer that combines low price with high quality.
2. Most cheap 3D printers don’t use a heatable build platform
A heatable build platform requires a stronger power supply and that’s why a low cost 3D printer usually don’t use it. We all know how a heatable build platform is crucial to your 3D printing since its absence causes the bending and warping of the 3D printed object. A good 3D printer MUST have one and our CraftBot has.
3. Most have a bad consistency of print
3D printers regularly print at layer heights of 100-micron, so if there’s warping in the build platform of more than 100-micron, the first layer isn’t going to stick well in different places. This means that smaller minimum layer height is better in order to get a better printing resolution. The problem is that a low cost 3D printer usually has more than 100-micron minimum layer height – you can figure out what will happen to your printings.