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Black Friday is few months back. I got the same printer for $159 last year. I would rather wait for the pro 3 v2 to go on sale.
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Just curious what do people actually use these for?
Personally, I use them to print small prototype electronic enclosures as a first step, then I send the closest design of the print I want to a professional SLA printing service. If all checks out then the design goes to a professional injection molding service so that it can be produced in big quantities. BTW, the printing of guns/gun parts has been deemed legal by the courts if I'm not mistaken. Basically, you can print most things that are made of some type of thermoplastic. The real work is in the CAD designs that you need to "slice" in order for these things to be able to print/read your designs. I can tell you, it can take HOURS of CAD work to make something perfect, either that or just download the files of the parts already designed for you (if what you are looking for has been already designed). 3D printing is somewhat inaccurate when it comes to small holes due the shrinking/expansion of the materials you are using, but for hobbyiest use and very early dirty pre production use are perfect. Of course,there are 50K production ready 3d machines out there. I have not played with those since I can't currently afford them.
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I am a teacher who is about to go back into the classroom. 250 kids a day in close quarters. I have a 3M 6000 respirator but I want to cover up the vent. On thingverse I sawthe perfect adaptor [thingiverse.com]which would allow me to fit a p100 filter over my exhaust valve. unfortunately I do not have a 3d printer and I have never printed anything.

I looked at the prices of printing services and it is about $50 for what is a pretty small item. So right now I am thinking that I should try to buy a printer and teach myself how to do it.
any advice suggestions, would be welcomed.
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Ender 3 used to be the champ of low-price home 3D printers. Today, I'd definitely go for the Anycubic Mega-S at around the same price point. Better bed, better extruder, better interface, touchscreen, easier assembly, better build quality.

Cons: much louder fans
Is the one you are recommending as open source as the Ender 3? I am not very in the know on this stuff, but have been considering dipping my feet in...
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Is the one you are recommending as open source as the Ender 3? I am not very in the know on this stuff, but have been considering dipping my feet in...
You could look into the Ender 3 v2. Includes quieter operation, glass bed, color display along with some other minor improvements over the Ender 3/Pro.
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I am a teacher who is about to go back into the classroom. 250 kids a day in close quarters. I have a 3M 6000 respirator but I want to cover up the vent. On thingverse I sawthe perfect adaptor [thingiverse.com]which would allow me to fit a p100 filter over my exhaust valve. unfortunately I do not have a 3d printer and I have never printed anything.

I looked at the prices of printing services and it is about $50 for what is a pretty small item. So right now I am thinking that I should try to buy a printer and teach myself how to do it.
any advice suggestions, would be welcomed.
(Pm me about the part.)


That's one serious respirator (I have one for non covid tasks). At hospitals, they wear a surgical or cloth mask over the exhaust to help filter it. Also, the kids will have a hard time hearing you, even more so with the 3rd filter.

Some makers advertise locally on Craigslist or Facebookmarketplace and are cheaper. Etsy might be an option as well.

It's a fun thing to learn, but it's still a tinkerer's machine. It might seem more daunting than it really is. If you like to learn new stuff than its not bad. However, There are very few printers out there that are no frills, and none im this range. You'll have to juggle: slicing software settings(layer heights, support, walls, infill), machine setup and troubleshooting (print doesn't stick, weird artifacts, under/ over extrusion, etc), and possibly CAD if you want to modify something.

Some basic tips:

CURA- free slicer, one of many (makes the code for your printer from a 3d model)

MESHMIXER- free mesh modification tool (cut/ paste/ merge/ scale)

Printer- assemble, check all connections and belts and bolts, level bed, install filament, check manufacturer recommended temperature settings, download calibration models from thingiverse.com, open cura, load model, put in manufacturer rec nozzle and bed temp, slice, preview, print. Next, print a more that doesn't need support, after that play around with support settings.

Stay and see how it prints, first layer not visible? Nozzle too close. Not sticking? Too far. Still doesn't stick? Use hairspray, painter's tape, or glue stick.

There's a few good troubleshooting guides online, and plenty of beginner YouTube videos. Almost Any issue you run into has a YouTube help video.
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I am a teacher who is about to go back into the classroom. 250 kids a day in close quarters. I have a 3M 6000 respirator but I want to cover up the vent. On thingverse I sawthe perfect adaptor [thingiverse.com]which would allow me to fit a p100 filter over my exhaust valve. unfortunately I do not have a 3d printer and I have never printed anything.

I looked at the prices of printing services and it is about $50 for what is a pretty small item. So right now I am thinking that I should try to buy a printer and teach myself how to do it.
any advice suggestions, would be welcomed.
I downloaded the STL files an sliced them in Cura. It estimates 46g of filament (About $1 worth) and 7 hours to print on my Ender 3 Pro.

When you pay for 3D printing services, you're mostly paying for the time. 3D printing is SLOW. You're also paying for the failures. As others have mentioned, prints don't always work properly the first time.

That said, $50 is definitely absurd. I suggest taking up Meshca on their offer to print it for you, or look into local listings to see if anybody is offering 3D printing services for cheaper.
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I downloaded the STL files an sliced them in Cura. It estimates 46g of filament (About $1 worth) and 7 hours to print on my Ender 3 Pro.

When you pay for 3D printing services, you're mostly paying for the time. 3D printing is SLOW. You're also paying for the failures. As others have mentioned, prints don't always work properly the first time.

That said, $50 is definitely absurd. I suggest taking up Meshca on their offer to print it for you, or look into local listings to see if anybody is offering 3D printing services for cheaper.
Thank you. Seven hours!
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That's one serious respirator (I have one for non covid tasks). At hospitals, they wear a surgical or cloth mask over the exhaust to help filter it. Also, the kids will have a hard time hearing you, even more so with the 3rd filter.

Some makers advertise locally on Craigslist or Facebookmarketplace and are cheaper. Etsy might be an option as well.

It's a fun thing to learn, but it's still a tinkerer's machine. It might seem more daunting than it really is. If you like to learn new stuff than its not bad. However, There are very few printers out there that are no frills, and none im this range. You'll have to juggle: slicing software settings(layer heights, support, walls, infill), machine setup and troubleshooting (print doesn't stick, weird artifacts, under/ over extrusion, etc), and possibly CAD if you want to modify something.

Some basic tips:

CURA- free slicer, one of many (makes the code for your printer from a 3d model)

MESHMIXER- free mesh modification tool (cut/ paste/ merge/ scale)

Printer- assemble, check all connections and belts and bolts, level bed, install filament, check manufacturer recommended temperature settings, download calibration models from thingiverse.com, open cura, load model, put in manufacturer rec nozzle and bed temp, slice, preview, print. Next, print a more that doesn't need support, after that play around with support settings.

Stay and see how it prints, first layer not visible? Nozzle too close. Not sticking? Too far. Still doesn't stick? Use hairspray, painter's tape, or glue stick.

There's a few good troubleshooting guides online, and plenty of beginner YouTube videos. Almost Any issue you run into has a YouTube help video.
Thank you for the advice. Yes the 6000 is serious but I have two very little kids and a mother who just finished chemo. If I can reduce risk, I have to try. To deal with the speech problem I actually have a little speaker attached to a vibration mic that is clipped to my throat. When I talk, the vibrations get translated I to speech. It works astoundingly well, which is good since it is also quite expensive.
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