New to 3D printing? Here are some expert tips for buying your first 3D printer

New to 3D printing? Here are some expert tips for buying your first 3D printer

New to 3D printing? Here are some expert tips for buying your first 3D printer

If you’ve been looking at some of the incredible prints you can create with a 3D printer and are thinking of taking the plunge into a brand-new hobby, then you’ve certainly come to the right place!

As experts in all things 3D printing, including new and reconditioned 3D printers, 3D print resins and filaments, plus accessories and upgrades, we want to share some top tips for buying your first 3D printer to ensure that you get the best value for money and that your latest purchase will deliver all of the capabilities your expecting, plus perhaps a few more!


SLA printers are a popular choice for most 3D print hobbyists as they offer a smoother finish and incredible detail at any size which is perfect if you want to upscale or downsize a print and are most definitely the most precise of all of the 3D printer types, making them an ideal solution for anyone just starting out or looking to upgrade.

FDM printers work by extruding hot materials and plastics, known as a filament, to create 3D-printed projects and are also a popular choice, but many people feel that they lack the precision and excellent finish that their SLA counterparts provide.

New or reconditioned? 

Before you get started on your journey towards a 3D printer, you’ll probably already have a budget in mind.

This budget will define the make, model and size of the 3D printer you purchase, and there are a range of great deals to be had if you are willing to consider a reconditioned 3D printer that comes backed up with a guarantee.

Like many new models, many reconditioned printers come with an array of high-quality features such as touchscreen display panels, Monochrome LCD screen and larger print area, so make a list of the features you feel you would get the most use out of and don’t be afraid to opt for a reconditioned unit from a reputable source if it offers more 3D printer bang for your buck!

Consumable costs 

If you really want to get the most from your 3D printer, then it's well worth considering the cost of any consumables such as 3D printer resin, filament and cleaning materials before you make your final decision.

3D printing is a great hobby to get into as there are so many incredible prints that you’ll want to try, so take a look at our filament and resin to get an idea of our great value products and their affordability before you take the plunge.

With a range of new and reconditioned 3D printers available, get in touch with the 3D Print Monkey team today, and we'll be happy to talk you through your options and offer you some great value printers to suit your needs and budget.