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    Guys i need your help. I am planning to buy a 3D printer and I really dont know where to start. I dont even know what are the other materials i need to buy along with it. Am planning to make it as a small business. Any tips?

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    Welcome to the forum, Jackie! It really depends on what you are planning to print and the budget you have available. Will you be offering general print services or are you wanting to print a specific type of object?

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      @AndrewBougie is right, it does depend on what you are going to be printing. If you want to offer a general 3D printing services then you will need to have a versatile 3D printer. PLA is the easiest material to print with although we also like PETG. If you are going to use ABS or Nylon you will need an enclosed build area or at least a heated print bed.

      The Ultimaker 2+ series is probably a good place to start as these are very versatile and have a good solid, well earned, reputation. But in some sense it may be a good idea to start off with something cheap and cheerful to learn about 3D printing, although this initial expense may have to be written off as you move towards a professional service.

      The main thing to do is to read, read, read and find out what other people have done and what business models work and which ones don't. A business needs a target audience and a plan geared towards them.

      We have some posts on these subjects which may give you a starting point.

      A guide to buying 3D printers

      A Guide to 3D printer filaments

      www.idig3dprinting.co.uk Your one stop, 3D printing shop

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      • #4
        Thank you so much. It is indeed a great help. Will read the link. Appreciated

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        • #5
          You can buy 3d printer basic packages from different 3D printer online store with complete print materials and accessories. As for me, I am into this 3D printer. https://youtu.be/6TqQXNFuzDU

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          • #6
            For Filament the least expensive is at Raw Material Suppliers https://rawmaterialsuppliers.com/pro...nter-filament/

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            • #7
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              • #8
                Originally posted by jackiefiach View Post
                Guys i need your help. I am planning to buy a 3D printer and I really dont know where to start. I dont even know what are the other materials i need to buy along with it. Am planning to make it as a small business. Any tips?
                Where are you located? Have you tried going to any (if you have any) local meet-ups. There are usually 3dhubs sponsored meet-ups happening quite often and they can be a weath of information for someone wanting to cut their teeth on 3d printing.

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