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Basic question, what's the best 3D printer around/under $1,000 these days?

I'm just trying to print like dog tags and checker board pieces.

I've seen the Alunar 3D Desktop Printer Prusa i3 DIY, but honestly the person who's getting this doesn't have the patience to put one together and calibrate everything without the proper support.

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If he doesn't have the patience then he won't get much out of a 3D printer. From what I have read the cheaper 3D printers aren't that great and break down or have quality issues/software issues and very poor support. You pay for what you get basically. Should really add $250 more and get the LULZBOT MINI. I've considered getting a LULZBOT TAZ 5 but it is very expensive and I would have to save up to buy one.

If you really want value then M3D MICRO 3D PRINTER. But even then I wouldn't venture to put down $350 for a device that only comes with a 3 month warranty and then pay an extortion fee of plus $100 to get a 1 year warranty on the retail kit. You pay for what you get, accept no substitutes.

M3D MICRO 3D PRINTER REVIEW:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/3d-printer-reviews/m3d-micro-review/
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HIGHS
  • Highly affordable
  • Simple to operate
  • Easy to maintain
  • Sturdy design

LOWS
  • Slow as molasses in January
  • Filament adhesion problems
  • Requires frequent calibration
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If he doesn't have the patience then he won't get much out of a 3D printer. From what I have read the cheaper 3D printers aren't that great and break down or have quality issues/software issues and very poor support. You pay for what you get basically. Should really add $250 more and get the LULZBOT MINI. I've considered getting a LULZBOT TAZ 5 but it is very expensive and I would have to save up to buy one.

If you really want value then M3D MICRO 3D PRINTER. But even then I wouldn't venture to put down $350 for a device that only comes with a 3 month warranty and then pay an extortion fee of plus $100 to get a 1 year warranty on the retail kit. You pay for what you get, accept no substitutes.

M3D MICRO 3D PRINTER REVIEW:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/3d-printer-reviews/m3d-micro-review/

Funny you mentioned the LULZBOT model. We actually just went to Microcenter to test out a few models and prints. What takes the M3D Micro 3D an hour to do (hollow w/ thick walls), the LULBOT can do in about 8 minutes.

Might just end up going with the LULZBOT ($1,250)

She was planning on buying 3 3D printers, but apparently just 2 of these LULZBOTs should be sufficient.

This is for a tech expo (defense contractor audience) and basically it'll be dog tags with the Company logo on one side (No names, but it's a Fortune 100 company) and something relevant to the individual stopping at the booth on the other side.

Due to the sheer speed of the LULZBOT, seems like this is the best bet.

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