3d printer recommendations

Thats a good one as well. I had a monoprice maker select mini.

PLA is food safe. Its a plant based material.

BTW I’ve been following this printer Obsidian by Kodama, it looks beautiful, but its still pre-order
Only 150$ for the starting price.

I’d be wary of any printer that uses injection molded parts for the supports because it’s kind of impossible to produce large molded parts that don’t have some kind of deflection or warping to them due to the cooling process from the mold. It can be engineered for but then quality control of the injection process becomes even more important. It’s tough to do.

Thanks for the advice!

Does anyone have a link to a 4D printer or at least a 3.5D printer?

I’m struggling to decide whether that’s meant to be a joke or not,
because 4D printing is apparently a real thing.

It’s not quite what I was expecting though.
I’m disappointed because I wanted to print a tesseract. :P

I remember reading about a kind of metal that can be deformed and then returns to a predetermined shape upon being heated, but I can’t remember what it was called…

Maybe you need to heat up your brain. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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You basically just bought a wanhao i3

You now need Ikea tables 10mm threaded bar and some custom firmware.

And start fiddling months trying to get big pieces to stick without loads of glue on top of a glass, noisy steppers, no support, etc :stuck_out_tongue: but it will be funny to follow his bitching in twitter.

I thought it looked familiar

Isn’t that something that counts for all 3D printers? It’s the main reason that’s keeping me from buying a 3D printer.

There is a big difference fiddling to tune it up to perfection or to actually get it to work. If you get a clone, you start your own journey. I am personally OK with that experience, I can enjoy spending couple of afternoon weeks tweaking my printer.

In any case, any printer will perform ok with simple small designs.

Clearly I knew all along and it was an ironic joke for those who knew the name.
(*Cue polygraph buzzing* :P)

(Now if only I could remember why I was reading that article in the first place…)

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Nothing you 3d print will be food safe without a thick coating that is food safe, and those are hard to get as most of them require that you heat them to higher temperatures than the melting point of your 3d printing material. 3d printed plastic is very porous and bacterias and germs love pores. You can make one time use items, but that’d be a waste of plastic.

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Natural PLA is made from corn starch and is generally considered food safe. However, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Some manufacturers will blend in other additives — for color, strength, or other features — that make the filament unsafe to ingest. Some PLA filaments are designated food safe, but in the first instance you should check with the manufacturer.

Then there’s stuff like lead in the brazz nozzles and so-called ‘ultrafine particles’… It’s a minefield.

And wood does not? :face_with_raised_eyebrow: I would like to see somebody actually testing this with few printed materials vs normal inyected plastics pieces, metal and wood in petri dishes. Instead of on-the-fly speculations.

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I’d like to think I’m smart enough to figure out a 3d printer. The price and the lead time were the big decisions here.

I would have probably liked to get a prusa, but I think that I can make a lot of more prints before september…

We will see!

Also noisy servos won’t be a problem it’s going to live in the garage.

Lol well I was getting good prints until I wasn’t, I’m getting horrible stringing.

Tried all the software settings to no avail, so gonna have a look at the extruder head. Wondering if it’s just crappy PLA though.

Sorry I know this isn’t 3d printing forums lol

EDIT: I think it’s just goopy PLA, I’ve set the temperature down to the minimum printable temperature and it still gives strings. I found out it’s actually during “combing” when it doesn’t actually make a retraction. Making it retract between layers helped, but I’d have to turn combing off and always retract in order to compensate for the sloppy PLA.

It started out good, wonder if it absorbed moisture?

What brand fillament did you get?

monoprice lol

Alzheimer metal? :rofl:

Nah, not that fast unless you live in a swamp. Some filaments are just shittier. An easy test is just to pull the filament with the hand and feel how much pressure is needed. There is a perfect spot just before the heated filament smells tasty and sweet when is being extruded.