The Cost of 3D Printing

The Cost of 3D Printing

The consumables in FDM 3D printers are nozzles and filament rolls. The price of nozzles is generally a few dollars, while the price of standard consumable rolls has been declining in the past few years, about $15 per kilogram, but the price of special consumables is higher.

For the light-curing 3D printer, the consumable photosensitive resin is expensive, and the price of 1 liter of standard resin is about $70~$120. But the light-curing 3D printer still has some wear parts. For example, the 2K screen used by the Creativity 3D high-performance LCD light-curing 3D printer for projection, due to heat and other factors, needs to be replaced once every six months under medium usage intensity, and the price is about $40. The light source life of DLP is very good, and the life of DP-002 light source is 50,000 hours, but the equipment is expensive.

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With the passage of time, the bottom of the light-curing 3D printing resin material tank may be scratched, which affects the accurate projection of the image by the light source and needs to be replaced. Some manufacturers’ innovative designs can save this cost. For example, the bottom of the SparkMaker SLA UV 3D Printer has a detachable design and can cover the release film, which improves the service life and saves replacement costs.

FDM 3D printers can accept small-scale mass production with ordinary surface quality, and can accept 0.1mm precision, large-size industrial applications or customization, and are very suitable for hobbyists, such as home and school applications.

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Light-curing 3D printers, professional personal enthusiasts, models with very complex details, high precision requirements, used to manufacture casting molds, such as jewelry, dentistry, etc., require high precision and surface finish (FDM can be polished, but it is not easy to control Accuracy), the strength and durability of the model are not high (resin models cannot be exposed to the sun for a long time).

Creality CR-10 3D Printer Review

Creality CR-10 3D Printer Review

Creality CR-10 3D Printer is simple to operate and easy to use. The assembly test only takes 10 minutes. The difficult installation has been completed before leaving the factory. We only need to install and fix the Z plane on the XY plane.

One of the more important factors for 3D printers is printing accuracy. Printing a high-precision model is the ultimate standard for measuring this machine. The determining factor of accuracy lies in the structure of the entire printer, the stability of operation, the extrusion quality of the extruder and The size of the nozzle, and so on, Creality CR-10 3D Printer has a patented linear bearing system. The profile and pulley are matched with zero gaps to ensure printing accuracy. Imported motors and chips ensure high-quality hardware, the running ability will be better than the general configuration of 3D printers, and the printing accuracy is also higher.

First, download a model on the model website, and then set the parameters in the slicing software according to the instruction manual. The following model is set to an accuracy of 0.1 and a layer thickness of 0.05mm to start printing.

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Creality CR-10 3D Printer completed the finished product printing perfectly. We can no longer see the boundary between layers, and it feels very smooth to touch it with our hands.

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We can easily take the model out of the platform, the model will not be warped, the bottom is particularly smooth.

In terms of overall performance and accuracy, it is a better product in the 3D printer market. Creality CR-10 3D Printer can print relatively large size: 300*300*400mm, and the accuracy is still very high, the price is only $694.1, and free shipping, it is a 3D printer worth having.

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How to Clean 3D Printer Nozzle

How to Clean 3D Printer Nozzle

When you use a 3D printer, the 3D printing material will melt and eject from the nozzle, but it may jam and clog your machine. If you find that your 3D printing material does not pass through the 3D printing nozzle or the 3D printing material is stuck, it may be time to clean the 3D printing nozzle. You can directly clean the 3D printing nozzle on the machine, or you can completely remove it for deep cleaning. When finished, the printer should run smoothly!


1. Pull the consumable from the nozzle
Remove the consumables currently in the printer. Find the “Uninstall” option on the menu of the 3D printer or the program used to run it. After selecting, please wait until the 3D printing nozzle is heated before pulling out the consumables. Pull out the consumables slowly to avoid damage to the machine.

2. If the consumables do not come out, please further heat the 3D printing nozzle until it can be easily pulled out.
Preheat the nozzle to 200°C. After the consumables are removed, the nozzle will begin to cool itself. Enter the 3D printer settings and start heating the nozzle to about 200°C. This will help loosen any remaining consumables that might clog the nozzle. Before proceeding, let the 3D printing nozzles fully heat up. Tip: The 3D printer allows you to adjust the heat settings of multiple parts of the machine. Make sure to only heat the nozzle when cleaning the nozzle.

3. Push the transparent ABS or nylon filament into the nozzle and hold it for 10-15 seconds.
ABS plastic and nylon have high melting points, so it is easier to control clogging. Insert one end of the filament into the hole on the top of the nozzle. Push the filament into the 3D printing nozzle as much as possible until it stops. Keep the filament there for about 10-15 seconds to give it a chance to melt slightly. Avoid using any materials with lower melting points, as they will not retain their shape.

4. Before cutting off the end, pull out the consumables and check for dirt.
After 10-15 seconds, quickly pull the filament out of the 3D printing nozzle. Since ABS or nylon is transparent and slightly melted, you should easily see any residue pulled from the nozzle. Use scissors or scissors to cut about 5 cm from the dirty end of the filament.

5. Repeat the process until the consumables are clean.
Continue to put the end of the filament into the 3D printing nozzle and pull it out after 15 seconds. As you continue to work, consumables should reduce dust and dirt. Continue to clean the 3D printing nozzles until the consumables are pulled out. Be sure to cut off the dirty end of the filament to avoid putting it back in the nozzle.

Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Review

Please look at the statue of the goddess that was printed by Creality Ender 3 3D printer.


The bottom half actually doesn’t look half bad the upper half does have some distortion going on but I mean it coped in less than an hour as a point you move amira layer height it finished pretty cool a couple of things. Because everything can’t be positive, they build volume the building volume is such a personal and in subjective view. For most people, a building volume of 230 by 230 by 250 millimeters is enough. Personally I wouldn’t mind the Creality Ender 3 3d printer bigger, it keeps the nice look and compact only take $200, within that price range you’re not gonna be able to find a printer with the larger building volume anyways.

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The sound levels of Creality Ender 3 3d printer do not have particularly noisy. In fact, Creality Ender 3 was quieter than all the other 3d printers. I use other 3d printers before, their sound levels not quiet than Creality Ender 3, I hope the other 3d printers apply the quiet sound technology of Creality Ender 3 3d printer, give the print studio a quiet environment. There are some easy shortcuts to be made the print noisy smaller, install motor dampeners replace a few fans and you’re done. If you want to know more ideas about how to make the 3d printers in quite small sound levels when they working, you can find some ideas on google search or youtube videos, you can search keywords “how to make basically any 3d printer silent”, so that, you can find lots of ideas on them. It’s a small one but why not use the space here to have a second fan blowing air onto the plastic. Something I do wish they would include in the kit is a glass bed the entire Criolla TCR 10 series, did arrive with glass beds and it’s something that can be very useful to have if you plan to print.

Something like phone cases what do you want to take advantage of a shiny bottom layer, this feels like very high grit sandpaper that does give you a part a more natural look to what the rest of the print looks like but on the seer 10, you could choose whether you want it. Have it or not to have it, I can only speak from my experience and I have five Creality printers, this one is $200 within that price range, it is worth enough.

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