What is 3D Printing?
3D printing is a method of additive manufacturing. On the hobby level, using machines that range in price from 90 to 1000 dollars, this is accomplished by laying down hundreds of layers of plastic or resin. These layers culminate in a 3D object.
What can I 3D print?
3D printing has more capabilities than most other manufacturing processes. You can create complex, hollow, intricate, large, or small objects in just a few hours with minimal work.
How much does it cost?
1 Kg of 3D printer "filament" (2.2 pounds for uneducated faggots) costs between 15 and 30 dollars. PLA filament is the most common and is easy to print. ABS and PETG are harder to print, they "warp" and "crack", but are tougher. You can buy everything on ebay or amazon.
Need help with prints? Go to:
If that doesn't help you solve your print problems, please post:
>A picture of the failed part
>Printer make & model
>Bed & extruder temperature
What printer should I buy?
Under 200 USD: Creality Ender 3 (my favorite!)
Under 500 USD: Creality CR-10
Under 1000 USD: Prusa i3 (Mk2 or Mk3)
Over 1000 USD: Lulzbot or Ultimaker
Buyer beware: some chinkshit clones are garbage. Some can be genuinely good, though.
Instead of buying a new printer, you could consider building your own: https://reprap.org/wiki/
Where can I get free things to print?
Thingiverse is a universe of things. Download our files and build them with your lasercutter, 3D printer, or CNC.
GrabCAD is the largest online community of engineers, designers, manufacturers & students. Join now to access free CAD files & designs. Download our 3D printing software GrabCAD Print and CAD collaboration tool Workbench.
What CAD software should I use?
Solidworks, Inventor, AutoCAD etc. all work, but Blender and Fusion 360 are free:
Home of the Blender project - Free and Open 3D Creation Software
Fusion 360 CAD/CAM software connects your entire product design & development process in a single tool. Subscribe for $495/year or get a free trial today.