Can't find the MakerGear PLA online in the UK but lots of PLA is listed with MakerBot as one of the printers that can use it (dubious advertising maybe). Anyway I bought this stuff.Ronaldlees wrote: ↑Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:09 pmPLA and ABS are the main filaments, and (as mentioned) - ABS (and Nylon) could have a heated bed for printing. I think that a heated bed should be on the "need to have" list. For decorative things, you'll likely use PLA, and for robotic things you'll likely use ABS, and for very fine/tough robotic things you could use nylon. Nylon generally prints better on the better printers ($1500+) - and it needs the heated bed and a higher temp metal extruder with small nozzle bore. PLA is nice, because it's considered "green" - as it's derived from sugar. But, of course it doesn't have the mechanical properties or the temperature resilience of ABS or nylon.
Be careful to check the information about the filament sizes/types that the printer can use. Some printers create "lock-in" by forcing the use of odd filament diameters and special cassettes, which can be more expensive. Stick to the standard filament size that can be bought anywhere on rolls. For some materials, ventilation should be included for safety reasons.
Also, consider what software you'd like to use for maker creation and for printer control. Most printers (but not all) get along OK with open source suites. Usually, a USB stick can be used in sneaker-net "manual" mode, in the absence of control/load software. There are special Pi images available for "Pi powered" printer control. Those (may) also include the G-code generation software.
There are "specialty" filaments for various purposes (high tensile strength, etc) - so you should know what are the things you might like to do beyond what you've mentioned thus far. Some printers have a long list of "compatible" filaments.
I like the MakerGear M series stuff - and (on the used market) it can be found in that price range.
Hi,JonnyAlpha wrote: ↑Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:34 pm
Can't find the MakerGear PLA online in the UK but lots of PLA is listed with MakerBot as one of the printers that can use it (dubious advertising maybe). Anyway I bought this stuff.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Filament-SUNLU ... A+filament
It had lots of good reviews and was an OK price.
Yes I finally took the plunge. I have been seriously looking for nearly a year now since I saw the Ultimaker at the BETT show in London. I knew I could never justify spending that kind of money but then I started looking at Repraps. It was a choice between a Hictop Prusa i3 and the Anet A8. I preffered the Hictop due to its aluminium frame but the Anet A8 has loads of online support and detals of upgrades etc.Ronaldlees wrote: ↑Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:41 pm
I didn't notice that you'd purchased a 3d printer on a black friday sale. Congratulations. I hope you have a lot of fun with it. The MakerGear isn't a filament, it's a 3d printer. But, it looks like (for now) - you're past the looking phase, and into the doing phase. Good luck.
I think you will find that most printers only have three axes and you need four to print a hypercube.
Sorry not sure I follow?