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I love you. LOL
Literally 1 hour ago I was talking to my coworker about buying this on Amazon for $279.99. I came home and thought "Ehh, I might as well check SD for the heck of it." This was the first post I saw, and you just saved me $55, allowing me to grab the ANYCUBIC Photon for detailed resin prints now, too.
Huge thanks @cheapsob!
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Can someone point out what do people use it for around d house. Especially if it's useful for STEM projects for kids.
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Can someone point out what do people use it for around d house. Especially if it's useful for STEM projects for kids.
Thingiverse.com
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Can someone point out what do people use it for around d house. Especially if it's useful for STEM projects for kids.
As mentioned below, def Thingiverse. Beyond that, learning CAD is such a useful life skill these days. Autodesk's Fusion360 is free to learn (for a year), if you have windows. I'd personally recommend Shapr for the ipad, as there are TONS of tutorials, and they are is absolutely no charge to learn.

Full version of both softwares require a licensing fee for something like $130 a year, less if you're a student, but Shapr took the time to explain all of its own bells an whistles - huge win in my book. I was an absolute noob back in august. still not great, but have designed several bits and bobs for home repairs and improvements.

And a few cosplay prop items, and learned how to finish those to look like metal, wood, etc. fun times!

Paid $230 for the V2 back in august thanks to a pricing error. Absolutely the best deal on creality printers.
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Can someone point out what do people use it for around d house. Especially if it's useful for STEM projects for kids.
Tinkercad is a very simple and functional CAD program that a child can use to design very complex and exact measurement designs. You can design something in it and export file to be used as a model for 3d printing. Many (thousands) functional models are available for free.
These printers work well when correctly assembled and tuned. There is a learning curve and it can be frustrating. As long as a child as an adult that is willing to learn along with them it is a great tool to introduce many forms of STEM learning.
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I'm holding out for a deal on Amazon, for easy returns in case of any problems. Should I wait or or pull the trigger?
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Can someone point out what do people use it for around d house. Especially if it's useful for STEM projects for kids.
Everything really. Print hooks, cable management, pots for plants, soap dishes, art, mods for existing things I already own...
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I'm holding out for a deal on Amazon, for easy returns in case of any problems. Should I wait or or pull the trigger?
I posted this one a while back for $189. I wonder how this is different from the OPs. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9NQWR4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_75THFbXFP4MB0?tag=slickdeals&ascsubtag=46a... [amazon.com]
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I posted this one a while back for $189. I wonder how this is different from the OPs. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9NQWR4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_75THFbXFP4MB0?tag=slickdeals&ascsubtag=46a... [amazon.com]
What the v2 has that the Pro does not:
-Glass bed (carborundum) in the box
-belt tensioners
-32 bit control board vs 16 bit on the pro
-power supply underneath instead of on the side
-built in toolbox

But the real question is, what's the value?
-The glass bed will run $20-30 on its own.
-Tensioners can be printed, but you'll need a box of 602 bearings to get 'em right. (~$10 a box)
-power supply can be moved in the Pro, but it's nice to already have it done, and without the need to print out parts to do it.
-honestly, I took the toolbox off and put a larger one in the same space.
-the 32-bit board is worth every damn penny over the regular Pro. 16-bit boards require a LOT of hoops to update (most setups involve an arduino and a chip reader/writer program or software. I am not proficient enough to do all of that, nor do i have a desire to learn). 32-bit boards can just read an SD card with the update on it, and that's it. Additionally, the 32-bit board has better fan controls, so it doesn't always sound like you're standing on an airport runway next to a moving 747. Additionally, upgrading the 16-bit board on the pro starts around $40.

So, for $190, you're still looking at AT LEAST updating the 16-bit board, which would bring a Pro up to around $230 - and that's without the glass bed, or all the other tweaks included in the $225 v2.

Not a fanboy of my v2, i just recognize it's a hard value proposition to ignore.

Hope that helps anyone in this thread!
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What the v2 has that the Pro does not:
Do you know if they're going to have a Pro V2?
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Nice deal. Same price as a refurb v2, so that's a good deal. That said, I'm trying to hold out until Black Friday. It's only a few weeks away, and I'm guessing we will see deals that at least match this price if not straight beat it.
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Do you know if they're going to have a Pro V2?
I think the new CR-6 SE would basically be like a Pro V2 model. If somebody knows the differences better please chime in.

But this has been the best price that I've seen on the V2 outside of short window pricing errors.
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As someone who has really only looked at these 3D printers from afar, but am now looking to get my feet wet for making some props and figures, is this a good 'entry' point into the world of 3D printers? Any time I look for info it seems like new machines keep popping up that are "amazing value" and that the tech just kept advancing. I could never get a good read on what I should even be aiming for at around the $200 price point.
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As someone who has really only looked at these 3D printers from afar, but am now looking to get my feet wet for making some props and figures, is this a good 'entry' point into the world of 3D printers? Any time I look for info it seems like new machines keep popping up that are "amazing value" and that the tech just kept advancing. I could never get a good read on what I should even be aiming for at around the $200 price point.
This, yes.
But be aware you'll have to tinker with almost any consumer lever 3d printer. Stuff like reassembly,, tightening everything, leveling bed (and checking quality/level of the glass), playing with setting and printing calibration stuff. Takes a bit to dial in settings of your printer and per filament brand/type. Most people print a few creature comfort parts right off the bat (bed cable station relief, spool holders, larger bed leveling knobs, etc).

Overall, once you start, it's not too much trouble going through everything.

Thingiverse.com is a good starting point for models.
MESHMIXER (free) is a good mesh modifier.
Cura is a decent free slicer.
Fusion 360 or Onshape are good intermediate parametric cad programs. Others can recommend easier or free mesh based software for sculpting like blender or sculptris. If you are a student, most autodesk products (inventor, Maya, mudbox,etc) are offered free.



With any slicer, you'll want to look at and read about most of the (normally hidden) settings.
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