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Which 3d printer do I buy?
April 24, 2013
5:09 pm
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April 24, 2013

Hi all, 

I'm looking to buy a 3d printer for around $500. It'd be nice if ABS was possible, and I what some reasonable print resolution; let's call it .2mm or less in layer thickness. 

I need it within a few weeks for a project, so something not on kickstarter would be preferable ( I realize that rigidbot is probably the cheapest way to go right now, but again, I need it sooner than september) 

Printrbot is currently what I'm eyeballing because they get pretty close. Additionally makemendel gets pretty close as well. 

Does anyone know of a printer not on this site's personal 3d printer directory that fits these constraints?


April 24, 2013
6:18 pm
Cameron Naramore
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August 29, 2012

Do you want it assembled?


There are a few kits for less than $500, but very few printers are less than $700 assembled, and most are still in development. The Portabee fits your criteria, but the lead time is stated as 6 weeks, which is actually pretty good for 3D printers. http://portabee3dprinter.com/s…..assembled/

April 25, 2013
10:20 am
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April 24, 2013

Nah, assembled or unassembled doesn't make any difference to me. I love putting things together. 

Thanks for the portabee link. I had no idea they existed!

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