Cheap 3D Printers?

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  1. larszoe

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    Hey folks in Sydney, any recommendations for any stores in Syd that stocks a wide range of filaments with printed examples that I could check out?
     
  2. s4mmy

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    Just go to town and order a container from Aliexpress or Banggood! :lol:
     
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    Got some new toys today :D, BLTouch, heatbed pad & Capricorn tubing. Haven't bothered with the tubing but the other stuff is connected, wiring the BLTouch took a while because it's the "official Creality" one so the pin out is a bit screwed.


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    Hopefully now I can actually get some prints out again. The only thing I'm worried about is the bed thermistor wires snagging on the Y motor, gotta work out how to stop that, I also made the thermistor cable a little to short so that's fun as well.
     
  4. s4mmy

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    Willing to sell 20cm of that Capricorn? :lol:
     
  5. cyrax83

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    The fractal pyramind! Also looks cool against the light

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    Maybe, dunno what it'd be worth though.

    Damn nice print, I might have to try that in silk ;).

    Got my printer up and running today, spent hours trying to level the bed a bit but gave up, got a Marvin printing now.
     
  7. tumutbound

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    Amazing! I have red PETG loaded at the moment so might give it a try. How long to print?
     
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    Took me about 17 hours in PLA. 0.12 layer it's about 9cm tall. It's a spiral print.
     
  9. tumutbound

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    I'm still on an older version of Marlin as I can't persuade a bootloader onto the Creality controller so I don't want to start a long print where I might have to go out while it's printing.
    Still waiting for bits before I can fit the MKS upgrade.

    Creality have just released the latest version of their Ender 3/5 controller and it comes standard with Trinamic TMC2208 drivers, $US40.
     
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    Did you watch Teaching Techs video on that? apparently thermal run away doesn't work but it comes with a bootloader.
     
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    Did see that. At least with a bootloader you can install the latest Marlin and configure it properly. )Got side tracked with trying to print TPU, no fun at all!)
     
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    Oh Marlin how I... hate configuring it from scratch :mad:. Mines finally done but it was a pain getting everything set up correctly. At least I've got a bunch of stuff running like the BLTouch and M600.

    I haven't messed with TPU yet but I have got flexible resin ;) which I also haven't messed with yet.
     
  13. tumutbound

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    My PETG is in the dehumidifier taking a break so running a few mores test squares on TPU. Very finicky with first layer spacing and it doesn't like a heated bed, at least on glass. About to try on blue tape.
    Temperature or 210C seems to work well. (eSun filament)
     
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    I ended up ordering the SKR v1.3 32-bit board with 2208 drivers from Aliexpress recently. Cost me about $45 AUD after cashback. Hope it works with the existing Ender 3 LCD
     
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    Just did the same but ordered from Creality direct. No cash-back or discount even though I got my Ender 5 there :-( Annoyingly, the order page doesn't work if you have ad blocker enabled - and who doesn't?
     
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    Having received no update on my order, checked the Creality website and it's shown as pending shipping. This is 7 days after I ordered it.
    Asked if they had them in stock and awaiting a reply. If not in stock, then cancelling order.

    Creality hardware is great but their sales support and software support suck big time.
     
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    China Number 1!!
     
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    Some of the Chinese companies are worse than others. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. I have been interacting with JGAurora and they have definitely improved a lot over the last 2 years. Still room for improvement, but far better than some of the others I've had to deal with.
     
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    In some cases, definitely Number 2s
     
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    Seems the new controller is not in stock although the web-page does not mention this.
    I've cancelled the order and I'll just add some TMC2208 drivers to the MKS Gen L board I have.
     

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