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Are you looking for a fun hobby that combines creativity with STEM subjects? 3D printing is as big as it’s ever been, and so is the additive manufacturing sector worth $10 billion later in the decade. A big part of that is hobbyists selling their creations on Etsy, so now is a good time to get on the 3D printing train.
If you are a first time buyer, or looking to buyAs a gift for beginners, getting a good deal is even more important. all of the It has advanced features that make your life easier so if you can get one for less than the regular price, that’s a huge plus.
We’ll keep this list updated with new deals, for both Black Friday and the holiday shopping season beyond, so check back for new suggestions.
The Ender line has always been known for its good value and excellent budget performance, but has also been criticized for not being beginner-friendly enough. The new Ender-3 S1 is even easier to assemble and start with than the popular Ender-3 V2, and I would call it one of the best entry-level printers for newcomers. This combo from Creality adds an upgraded nozzle assembly, a glass plate, and some extra wick. Read our Creality Ender-3 S1 review.
I’ve been working with the Finder 3 recently and I’m impressed with the quality it’s been able to get right out of the box. It’s easy to set up and comes with a flexible build plate that you can replace the glass bed with. Makes it much easier to remove builds.
This is the ideal printer for the teacher, as the case makes it stable, and the slicer can control multiple printers at once over Wi-Fi.
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The Pro 3 is a great 3D printer to start your resin printing journey with. It’s fast, and the level of detail for a printer this cheap is amazing. While you’re buying this, you should also stock up on it Siraya Tech resin very. It’s my favorite and often sold out too.
One of the first commercially available conveyor belt 3D printers, the CR-30 is great to use. It’s not for the novice hobbyist as it takes a little bit of tweaking to get it right, but once you do you can print long models like sabers or lots of small models on the production line.
If you make the same model over and over again for your Etsy shop, this is a great printer to try.
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The Saturn S is an excellent upgrade to the Elegoo OG medium format resin printer. The 4K screen is excellent and the print quality is great for a larger resin printer. The Saturn S has a size advantage over printers like the Mono 4K in that its build area is almost twice as large. They are perfect for creating intricate pieces for costumes or models for your home.
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Photon 4K is being replaced by the new M3 series, but it can still be worth your time. Thanks to the 4K monochrome screen, the printer is very fast without sacrificing any detail. In fact, the details on this device are great, especially on models as small as the miniature ones.
At $200, the Photon 4K offers a stunning entry into resin 3D printing, even if Anycubic sells out the stock.
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materials and accessories
It’s not just 3D printers for sale. Often the accessories and materials are too. Although the savings aren’t huge—maybe $5 to $10 savings—it adds up over time when you have to buy a lot of materials for your projects.
3D printing from resin can be messy and inconvenient if you don’t have the right tools. This wash and cure package allows you to clean and cure your resin print in a special UV room. I like the Mercury over the other wash/treat stations because of the separate stations that let you wash one model and treat another, saving you valuable time.
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The MatterHackers Build Series fuse is my go-to for any large project. Whether I’m crafting Mandalorian armor or a gun from Final Fantasy, Build Series makes the way to work easier. It sands well and prints easily too.
Anytime it’s on sale, it’s worth buying as cheaply as possible, especially if you don’t care for the color as you paint on it.