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Entry Level 3D printer?

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Looking to explore something new in September. Any recommendations for entry level 3d printer with a startup cost under $500 (printer and materials) with satisfactory quality?
Please share your experiences. Good, bad, and the ugly. Maybe a picture of your creations.
 
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I use an Anet A8. It set me back around $180 back in August 2018.





Assembly is tricky and it takes some adjustment to get good prints, but it's extremely upgradable.

I briefly worked for a 3D printing company, and they trained us on these printers, so I had some experience with it already.

I print exclusively with PLA, so I don't know how it does with ABS or PETG.
 
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Try asking in here.
 
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Try asking in here.
I mean, @Durvelle27 and I have pretty much taken over that thread, and he has a variant of the A8.
 
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My Monoprice Voxel arrived 2 months ago and I spent some time installing and calibrating it. The first print was not bad and I decided to start right away with something more complicated.

Choosing this 3D model for the first serious print was my mistake of course, as I realized later.

The results are terrible, I am no longer even sure that this model can be printed at all because of its very complex geometry and texture. Three failed attempts, but I still hope for success.
 
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Check Ender 3 or some of its clones. I use Alfawise U30 pro.
 

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I use a Tronxy 802
 
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My Monoprice Voxel arrived 2 months ago and I spent some time installing and calibrating it. The first print was not bad and I decided to start right away with something more complicated.

Choosing this 3D model for the first serious print was my mistake of course, as I realized later.

The results are terrible, I am no longer even sure that this model can be printed at all because of its very complex geometry and texture. Three failed attempts, but I still hope for success.
You'll definitely need supports to print that. Just know that supports can be a PITA to remove.
 
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