Suggestions on 3D-Printer Models

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Suggestions on 3D-Printer Models

Postby bkeberl » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:41 pm

Hi everyone,

I recently joined the E-NABLE community in hopes of using the passions and skills that I have been blessed with (relating to Biomedical Engineering) to bring hope and healing to others. I am proficient in PTC Creo Parametric/Pro-Engineer (CAD modeling software). I do not own a 3D printer yet, however I am looking at purchasing one soon. As a result, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for at-home-use 3D printers (in the $500-650 range,or less) that could be used to print E-NABLE devices? Being a current college student, my budget is too small to afford one of the larger printers at the moment.

I look forward to hearing back from you all soon.


Brandon Eberl
USC Aiken Senior Industrial Process Engineering Student
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Student Member
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Re: Suggestions on 3D-Printer Models

Postby Quinn Morley » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:51 am


It always surprises me when well-written posts go unanswered! In your price range you can now find the Prusa i3 Mk2s DIY kit, which has been a 3D Printing workhorse for a couple of years now. To save more money you can source the parts to build the Mk2s from eBay as it is open sourced hardware. Buying from Prusa directly is a great option if you are new to building printers so you aren't going it alone.

If you pick up any summer work and can spring for the pre-assemebled Prusa i3 Mk3 you would be even better off and could dive straight into printing devices without any fiddling. I will say though that the Mk3 upgrades aren't crucial to e-NABLE prints, although I did get great results on my first hand with my new Mk3.

Hope this helps,


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Re: Suggestions on 3D-Printer Models

Postby FinerMotor » Sun May 20, 2018 2:00 pm


I would second the MK3 suggestion, but also suggest that you get the kit and not the assembled. Nothing is wrong with the assembled versions but the kit will save you around 250 shipped and will also give you a better understanding of how your printer functions on a mechanical level. I would strongly advise anyone with an engineering inclination to assemble their first printer. If you would like to assemble it and get stuck or something there is a fantastic online manual with user comments. If you are still stuck or just would rather have some friendly advice or want to see one in action I broadcast electronic tinkering, 3D printing, and general making of things on twitch under the handle BuildABore and would be more than happy to talk prosthesis or printing or general electronics. Feel free to stop by just to hang out as well. Currently I am printing on the MK3 that I assembled and am researching fine motor control systems for prosthesis for my college. I have not yet seen a better printer that can print on the level of the MK3 for the price point. In case you hadn't seen the prices for me in the US the MK3 ships for a kit for just under 800 and ships as a assembled version for a little over a grand.

Good luck,
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