WHICH 3D PRINTER IS BEST FOR ME?
For most people, we recommend our top 3D printers that will provide the best 3D printing experience. We have the ZMorph VX Multitool 3D printer, incorporating single and dual pro filament extruders, a thick paste extruder, CNC Router and a Small Laser Engraver. The MakerBot 3D printer range now includes Sketch Bundle, incorporating 2 printers (replacing the Mini/Mini + printers); Replicator +, Replicator Z18; Method; and Method X.
But, facing up to the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to 3D printing, we’re here to help. Here are some pointers to orient you in this terminological dense, but wonderful, world.
Many 3D printers that are pitched as being for “beginners” or “cheap” will encounter more limitations than possibilities as your experience grows. We recommend a MakerBot or ZMorph as the optimum pick. You’ll save a lot of grief, time and money, as against a budget or “cheap” 3D printer and the opportunity to learn is far greater. And if something goes wrong, we provide after sale service and onsite troubleshooting. We install our 3D printers and offer onsite training and build relationships with our customers. We have considerable experience and have answered almost every question under the sun.
If buying cheap, the adage is buyer beware. With budget 3D printers there is no local service support, or in most cases no firmware upgrades available. Manufacturers such as MakerBot and ZMorph are constantly adapting to meet the demands and expectations of their users and the market, including better customer support, and continual software upgrading and new models being released. We leave no stone unturned for troubleshooting our top 3D printers.
A 3D printer is rarely ever a one and done investment. Besides the continual purchase of materials to print items with, there are maintenance costs on perishable parts of the printer – think nozzles or extruders on an FDM printer. Parts can wear down or break, too. We supply a full range of filaments, servicing and part replacements for our range of 3D printers.
Printers using ABS must be operated in well-ventilated spaces. Printers using PLA can be used in most locations, without specific requirements, as there is very little in the way of emissions. This is especially advantageous in school environments.
For more advice on the most suitable printer for your space, get in touch with our team today.