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Beginner would like to build the 8 day clock
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Steve
Feb 27, 2024
Hi raylan, All of my clocks are designed using PLA which is one of the easiest filament types to print. Just about any modern 3D printer can handle it. A few years ago, the most popular printers would have been the Creality Ender 3 ($200-300) or the Prusa MK3S ($800). A Prusa Mini ($400) can also print all but the largest of my clocks. The Ender 3 was extremely popular because of the low price point, but it supposedly requires a fair amount of tinkering. I own two MK3S printers and they have been extremely reliable. About two years ago, Bambu Lab entered the market with some very fast printers at very compelling price points. The P1S ($700) and A1 ($400) seem like they are both great machines. The A1 is good enough for PLA. The P1S could be a better choice if you think you might want to print more exotic filaments like ABS or nylon. All3DP publishes a 3D printer review at The Best 3D Printers in 2024 – Buyer's Guide | All3DP Prusa and Creality used to take the top honors in the under $1000 and under $200 categories. Now, Bambu Lab seems to be winning the under $1000 and under $500 categories. Any of these printers would be great choices. Prusa has recently upgraded the MK3S with a much faster MK4 at a similar price point. It is also a good choice. Supposedly, some people are selling their MK3S printers and getting an MK4. If you can find a used MK3S in the $300 price range, it would be an excellent choice. I don't know of any specific learning resources. YouTube is loaded with videos. My clocks are relatively easy to print. The default orientation is usually already optimum. A few parts need a pause at a specific layer height to change colors. Otherwise, you only need to load the parts into the slicer, change a few parameters, and print them. Steve
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