3D printers have come a long way in the past few years. Do you want to get started in the wonderful world of 3D printing, but don’t want to spend too much money? Well, you’re in luck.
You can get started for as little as $100 (although things start to get better over about $200). We present a batch of really great options for beginners that will have you cranking out Baby Yoda replicas in no time. Initially relegated to large industrial processes, they experienced a bit of a boom in the mid-2010s, when the technology became affordable to small offices, design firms, and hobbyists. Since then, 3D printers have evolved along with a number of vectors. Low-cost, high-resolution resin printers have joined filament-based (or FDM) printers in the home and hobbyist market. Printers with large print areas have become available at both the low and high end, with lower-end printers optimizing for the very basic heated plates needed for large prints, while the higher-end solutions add sealed chambers, temperature management, and cameras. Printers with dual extruders are becoming more common, and the slicing software needed to prepare prints is becoming more sophisticated. We’re also starting to see more […]
And you can, too My 3D-printed custom nose bridge. Images courtesy of the author I wear glasses (not pictured above...