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Thread: Best 3D Printer under £200 for Ants?

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    Noisy's Avatar
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    Hi everyone.

    I'm looking to get a 3D printer for Christmas to build Antweight robots and other wee ideas and was wondering if anyone can offer any advice. I've found a few but with this being my first 3D printer I don't know what's good and what's bad.

    The first i've found is the Mini Fabrikator V2 by Turnigy (https://hobbyking.com/en_us/mini-fab...r-uk-plug.html). It looks like it has a sturdy design and can connect via wifi but the downside is it only has a build size of a 100mm cube which might be on small side for ants. (iirc the size limit is a 4 inch cube for ants?).

    The second I found was the Tronxy X-1 (https://hobbyking.com/en_us/tronxy-x...t-uk-plug.html). This has a bigger build size, 150mm cube, and is a kit so some assembly is required but also means it should be easier to fix any problems. They also have a bigger X-3 (https://hobbyking.com/en_us/tronxy-x...l-uk-plug.html) which builds at 220x200x300mm but is more expensive and possibly too big for someone inexperienced.

    I was going to get a Monoprice Select Mini v1 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monoprice-1.../dp/B06XXPN8GY) but it sold out before I could get it and I can't find anywhere selling for the same price (£133).

    If anyone has any other suggestions let me know. Thanks in advance.

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    I've heard good things about the creality ender 2 although I've never used a machine in this price range so can't give any first hand advice.

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    I've got one of the Malyan M200 which has been superb for the price and been printing almost every day for the last year. With a UK plug its 195 on there, but with a US plug only 117. The actual unit uses an external brick 110-240V PSU so that could be a bit of a steal for changing the plug over. Depends on how much the global shipping works out for.

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    The other thing to remember with 3D printers is that the initial price is only a small part of the total costs of running a machine. Filament costs, spare parts, consumables all add up.

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    FYI, the very first antweight ever built was constructed using a sherline mini-lathe mill combo.

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    Went with the Creality Ender 2 after I found it for £130. Has a good building size (150x150x200mm) seen some good reviews for it.

    @Deathly Hallows The problem with getting a lathe just now is i don't have a workshop and only have the space left in my bedroom. When I move up to Feathers i'll have to get a lathe but right now it's not doable.

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    Haha, get yourself some thermal coveralls and get to it in the garage! I've had to defrost the coolant in the milling machine while building bots on more than one occasion.

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    Apologies, been a while since i updated this thread. Went for the Ender 2 and it was delivered just before Christmas. Build process was quite easy. It comes as a kit but most of the parts are already assembled so it's just a case of putting it all together. Then I discovered the first of my mistakes. The printer came with an EU plug. I contacted the seller asking why this was and they replied that they only ship UK plugs from China and not Germany where I ordered it from. So I had to wait a few days for an adaptor and I also bought filament. Once I turned it on I levelled the bed and started my first print. First few times the PLA didn't stick to the bed, so I had to stop it and pull what had built up around the nozzle. Kept re-levelling the bed and eventually got it to stick. But as it built up the nozzle started to grind on what it had printed. Stopped it again, cleaned it and started the print again. Now the print starts with a blob of hot plastic and that interferes with the print. I also now find that some of the rollers on the y-axis are misaligned so I need to take that apart. I then also decide to get a new, smaller nozzle and clean out the whole system while fixing the rollers. I've still to do this but have all the parts here and have also started designing my antweight as well. So there's an update on how it's been going, not as smooth as I hoped but no one said this was going to be easy.

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