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Arkansas, United States
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 - 02:44 AM UTC
I'm looking for opinions on 3D printers. My max budget is $2500. I will be running it on a HP, with Windows 10. Also, I have a good grasp on implementing CAD programs, but don't necessarily want to shell out another $250 to run the printer. Thanks guys!
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:49 AM UTC
Rather depends on what you want to do with it. From what I read from people active in this field, if you plan on producing parts that you can use for scale modelling, you need to spend far more and still run the risk that if will be obsolete in a couple of years. You'd probably be better to use a bureau service such as Shapeways or Click 2 detail and let them carry the capital cost while you do the design.

Others may have contrary opinions.
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 - 05:26 PM UTC
The fine detail printers are north of $5k
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 - 08:55 PM UTC
I bought a 3d printer 2 years ago (Leapfrog creatr dual extr), great to experiment and making large objects/tools but totally unusable for making scale model parts.

If you buy a 3d printer don't get an extrusion based printer
"Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)" but look for a printer that cures resin with light, these can print a lot finer but are very costly at the moment. "Digital Light Processing (DLP/SLA)"

Kind regards