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#293887 19-Feb-2022 18:27
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Hi Geekzoners, 

I searched but couldn't see any recent threads on this, so made my own.

Budget: $300-600

Uses: Everyday items like toys for kids, plant pots and cellphone stand to think of a few things I want to print now.


Retailer: Overseas OK, if reliable.


Why I am asking: I want real-world experience of brands, what lasts and what is reliable.

My knowledge: I have maintained and used a 3D printer for my last job, I am used to spending 30+ minutes calibrating for a 10 minute print.


Been out of the game for 4 years, wondering what's out there and what you get in terms of value for money these days.


I did a few searches and most review sites do not factor in the "Kiwi Tax" in terms of value for money and was blown away by the variety of manufacturers! 


Thanks everyone. 

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  #2871440 19-Feb-2022 19:18
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Curious on your definition of reliable. At that price point, you'll be looking at an i3 clone/style printer. Something like the Creality Ender V2 or Voxelab Aquila have a huge community in that budget range. The Artillery Genius however is highly recommended by r/3Dprinting. It'd actually be worth having a browse of - there is a pinned thread monthly for recommendations, and also a good recommendation post here:


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  #2871452 19-Feb-2022 20:12
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Curious on your definition of reliable.



When I started with the one at work 7 years ago, reliable just meant that it actually printed successfully often than not due to conditions outside of user control.

This has possibly become a lot better in 7 years tbf! :D


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  #2871456 19-Feb-2022 20:23
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It’s not that I’m agoraphobic, it’s just not safe to go out anymore.


Keep calm, and carry on posting.


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