I want to buy a 3D printer, what should I look for?

When we jump in and make the decision to buy a 3D printer, we are entering a world that is as exciting as it is, in some ways, complex.

Soon we will see that there are endless models of 3D printers, with all kinds of features, and the inevitable question will assail us: which printer should I buy? What should I look at to know if a printer is for me or not? In this article we want to clarify some of the most common doubts. Let's go there!

1. Printing materials

Buying a 3D printer will help us create objects in our own home, but we will need a material for the device to work.

The most common are ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and PLA (polylactic acid). The former is a stronger and more durable material, but more difficult for beginners to work with. PLA is perfect when we buy our first 3D printer and we want to create more or less simple parts.

2. Printing system

It is also important that you know that there are numerous 3D printing technologies, but domestically the dominant technique is that of Fused Filament Manufacturing or FFF.

With this system, the 3D printer melts the filaments and deposits them on the base, creating layers and layers of the material that bond together due to their high temperatures.

3. 3D printer assembled or by parts

When it comes time to buy a 3D printer, you will see that there are basically two types: 3D printers that are bought ready to use and others that are sold by parts.

Both options have advantages and disadvantages: commercial 3D printers are somewhat more expensive, but can be up and running right out of the box.

The printers that come in mounting kits involve a greater learning curve, but they are somewhat cheaper and help to learn about the operation of these devices and know their parts. In addition, they prepare you for when, in the future, it is necessary to change a part or carry out a repair on your 3D printer.