Buying a 3D Printer

When buying a 3D printer, the main difference in price is usually the ‘accuracy’ of the printer. The more accurate the printer, the smoother the print finish. The printer speed can also affect its output quality, making accuracy difficult to measure.

If you are starting out, we recommend that you buy a printer for under $500. At this price point you will get great 3D prints without breaking the bank and it will more than pay for itself in ‘scenery’. A good place to start looking at different 3D printers is Amazon.

At Printable Scenery, we have a number of 3D printers:

Left to right: Prusa i3, Wanhao Duplicator i3, Wanhao Duplicator 6 and Makerbot Replicator 2X.

We haven’t found much difference between enclosed and non-enclosed printers. Enclosed printers are less noisy than their non-enclosed counterparts, and will be protected from pets and kids. You should consider the environment you will keep the printer in. Enclosed printers can be placed anywhere fairly worry free. Dust particles or similar may become embedded in the print of non-enclosed printers. Non enclosed printers may be best housed in a cupboard to best counter this.

Buying a 3D printer that is right for you can seem a bit daunting with all the choices available on the market. To help with this, here are some general guidelines for what features to look for:

  • ABS or PLA Printer (Read more)
  • A minimum print bed of 150mm x 150mm. The bigger the better.
  • An auto levelling print bed.
  • A printer that takes reels as opposed to cartridges is an absolute must, as it will allow you yo use any filament.
  • You will only need a single extruder.

14 responses to “Buying a 3D Printer”

  1. karltstroud says:

    Can you guys rank the 4 printers you recommend and include a brief summary o pros and cons? I’m definitely going to buy one of them, but I’d love to know what the experts think.

  2. Fnoskar says:

    Will a Flashforge Finder work with your products?

    • Matt Barker says:

      It will print the models no problem, but its drawback is that it requires a cartridge so printer filament is expensive and it has a fairly small build plate

  3. thrasher80 says:

    have you tried your stuff out on a Tevo little monster?

  4. ahrobins says:

    I have the Dremel Digilab 3D40 printer. Will I be able to print Printable Scenery files on this printer?

  5. Brett DJ Archangel says:

    Have you guys tried the Snapmaker yet?

  6. mananimal says:

    I have a Monoprice mini delta will they work ok?

    • Sam Campbell says:

      For buildings it would not work, it needs to have a square build area with dimensions larger than that. The dungeon tiles would work up to a certain size on that printer.

  7. jooshjoosh.flores says:

    Would a Creality CR-10 or a Creality Ender3 be a good printer for this? I believe it’s the most accessible to me as of now.
    Btw, love the prints I bought, can’t wait to get printing!

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