Originally Posted by JMattes
So i've done some research over the last few weeks and found that the Ender 3 is one of the highly recommended budget beginner units. I am thinking about purchasing the standard model and spending a few $$ to get some of the more discussed/important mods/upgrades. I am hoping you guys could chime in with insight and recommendations if I am missing anything.
I am looking for purchase everything from Banggood, is this site reliable - most review say its ok. (shipping to US)
Ender 3 ($180)
Ultrabase Glass Plate ($18)
Metal Extruder Kit ($17)
Heat Bed Springs ($2)
Not sure what other mods are worth purchasing, as mentioned I am open to suggestions as I am brand new to 3D printing. Also recommendations on additional filaments would be great as I haven't started my research on that yet.
Right now my cart is at $233 shipped, which I think it s steal for this printer.
Yeah the Ender is the best printer to start on.
I have bought lots of Drone parts from Bangood but never a printer so I don't know about that. It's probably okay but I bought mine made by Creality through Amazon.
Glass bed is probably the best upgrade you can do. Just get some Glue sticks because you might need them, although key to good bed adhesion is usually a good height and level bed.
Metal Extruder kit is a good upgrade as well. Springs, eh, I did mine but not super important but for that price, might as well do it. Upgrade your Bowden tube to Capricorn as well or just get some for when the stock one wears out.
The printer will print fine the way it is. TLsmoothers will help if you are getting lines but you can wait on those if you like.
Filament is very important to printing. Make sure you are buying good Quality filament. I use Inland and have had great results but all filament very from brands, colors, and manufactures.