Should you buy a 3D Printer Kit? Watch this first.

Buying a 3D Printer Kit can a gamble sometimes… here’s why.
IMPORTANT: Not all Kit 3D Printers are bad, and not all ready to run (RTR) 3D Printers are good. Always perform thorough research, watch reviews and join groups and forums before making a decision. It’s your call!

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Spreadie says:

I bought and Anet A8 kit expecting to spend a lot of time fiddling around to get it to print anything. Turns out, I was wrong. It worked very well on the first attempt, and even better after an hour or so of tweaking.

Angus is definitely right about one thing in particular – the consumer’s ability to assemble the machine. I’m an inveterate tinkerer, and spend lots of time fiddling with computers, machines and electronics so I actually had a very enjoyable few hours building my A8, but I know loads of people who want to get into it who I do not encourage because I’ll end up having to build it for them. This means they won’t learn and damned thing and I get stuck with a tech support role.

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Pul5ar says:

You’d think people would know by now that the Chinese don’t really do quality control.

John Batchler says:

this is why u read other people reviews on this a lot of people who bought these kits don’t habe electrical electronic back ground for me I like rolling the dice I use this as a learning experience

jonas arcary says:

finaly some real facts …i don hava a printer i actualy had to figure out how to fixe my friens printers …not easy to find solution broken or fake

Nathan Schlenker says:

The kit argument is a straw man. No one getting into 3D printing is against putting something together, atleast they shouldn’t be.

Anyone buying a cheap “Chinese clone” from a company like gearbest or AliExpress probably already knows that QC can be an issue. That’s part of the gamble. I’ve personally never had an issue with the banggood customer service, though I’ve never actually ordered from Banggood.

Personally, being a part of a few different hobbies like 3d printing and the FPV hobby, I love watching videos like these that try and stear people away from cheaper, in this case ~$150, stuff over to the more expensive stuff. Yes, everyone knows that a $300 machine will probably work much more smoothly than the $150 kit, and he’s having something ready to print out of the box is a huge convenience, but some of us are on a super super tight budget (like me as I am a full time college student, paying my own bill) and literally can only afford the $150 kit. They aren’t bad. Of course, you may get the bad one, but things like that always slip through the cracks.

Mark Giblin says:

I bought a kit, first thing I did was check off all the items in the check list and came across a problem, instantly I informed the vendor and left the acknowledgement of the goods received open.

I asked for the 5 M4 lock nuts that should have been in the bag but was subbed for 5 standard hex nuts, so the contact said that they will arrange these.

I have to say that I was surprised at the number of parts but I am looking forward to building the printer, I will be making a fair few adaptations from the outset as I do not like the vendors method of fixing the timing belt, so I ordered a part off ebay to make fitting the belt easier and also more reliable.

Dr Strangelove says:

Ikea furniture is HARD to setup

OfficialHaloFire says:

i am a kid and i bought one and built it myself but the gcode isnt working help pls using marlin with tevo

j4ck3t says:

According to the Gearbest website, they are based in Spain, Europe. If they really are they have to honour all warranty claims and Dead on arrival claims by EU law.
I personally avoided buying from Gearbest because the amount of long shipping times and broken on arrival printers from them reeked “money grabbers”.
Bought my printer (CR-10) from a premium seller for a bit more cash and guess what? It came with spare parts, like a spare coupler that plagues many cr-10 users.
Unlike many buyers that got the machine for extra cheap, they get the bare minimum.

David L. says:

Very helpful video, thanks. I’m looking some options for my first 3d printer and I’ll take your advice.

Steve Kittleson says:

My US shipped $225 Anet A6 3D printer kit works great! Couple of days to assemble guided by very complete online videos. It has been working great for months. Only mod I had to make was adding an o-ring between the heater block and the nut to stop some filament leaking.

Philipp Lyanguzov says:

I bought a kit expecing to do a lot of tinkering and thats what I got just recently replaced the extruder nozzle and will probably upgrade to a dual V6 setup

will J says:

Hi im a recent subscriber looking to get into 3d printing. I mostly want to use it to print drone parts so id like to be able to print TPU. Looking for something between $200-400 and i dont mind building it myself. That cost is for the printer not an extruder upgrade if necessary for the record. If you could help me out with some suggestions i would really appreciate it!

Julian Schill says:

Just buy a CR-10

philip dias says:

Get a monoprice unit, pre-assembled

Mauro Boffito says:

Well, I guess thats the idea of a DIY Kit, every kit has its own difficulty… you have to have a basic knowledge on electronics and mostly COMMON SENSE. You can buy any kit and make it a GREAT 3D printer, you just have to be prepare to work on it. That whats make the difference between a 2000 USD 3D Printer and a 200 USD Printer… I had no idea about the 3d printing world and bought a tevo tarantula anyway.. I have done many DIY things in my life, Im an electronic engineer student and have some basic common sense to know how something should look and how to google for any problems… so far I have been able to print great pieces and still have a long way to go into learning…. if you are not willing to work or learn or struggle a bit then you should expend 500 usd and buy something that works out of the box… My opinion is that if you are curious enough and have some common sense those kits are great, you learn a lot and can improve the hell out of it.

elfpimp1 says:

Do you have a vid with questions to ask the vendors before purchasing? ?

Steve Bolton says:

Very sensible advice there mate. Something I do with first generation products, is just add them to a wishlist rather than rush out to buy them. Plus I may not have the cash Now, to order right away, so I keep a wishlist in a file on my phone (eg in evernote) or a notebook I always have handy. This forces me to do a couple of things.:
– sleep on it
– do more search into this product and current alternatives (I may find prices on better products have fallen drastically and I havent noticed)
– gives me time to put it out my mind after the initial excitement of seeing it and wanting it
– when times are up and I have money to spend I just go into my wishlist and maybe buy one expensive thing or a bunch of smaller things and cross them off the list.
At this point maybe a month or two down the track and I’m ready to buy I can check online for recent reviews, find out how supply and quality has been in the mean time. Those initial “awesome” reviews may have been review copies sent out, that had been tweaked and perfected at the factory first and so not representative of what a consumer will get. Also you may now be able to purchase the product locally and get good support as a result if anything goes wrong.

If you buy just to say you have something “first” you are always going to end up with duds and nobody else gives a toss. It’s more impressive to have cool toys that actually work that you can show off. Boxes of half built or broken stuff doesnt impress anyone.

Lofuckyou says:

Nice purple vagina on a shelf

Chris Campbell says:

Anet A8 owner dead board out of the box. Seller says they will replace (ordered a spare just in case). Mono select mini still printing like a champ.

tsung tak Tsui says:

some also didn’t cherry pick one for him when asking him to review it. JGAurora

ydoucare55 says:

So, the issue with the wheels on the Tevo Tarantula was fixed almost a year ago. They’ve been supplying properly assembled wheels with washers in between the bearings for a long time now. I wouldn’t say Tevo is a great company or anything, but they have made efforts to improve their kit.

But overall, I would never recommend a kit to ANYONE who is not experienced in electronics to begin with and can’t troubleshoot basic issues. I also never recommend a kit to someone as their first printer unless I know they are very capable of handling it on their own. Part of it is just realizing you’re buying a cheap-ass kit from China and not to expect anything more than that, as you said.

oxido A says:

well the REAL Machos can start with any kit … no one learn just by connecting …. I’m very happy with my firts geeetech delta …

alex ale says:

CR-10 is great but too expensive for me and other thousands people, the $100 entering price by UN is the level of poverty and billions live on much less, for now i can collect only $50 for 3d printer kit only, in Russia after currency devaluation twice in 2014 – even the cheapest chinese is twice expensive now (even imagine that) – i’m already ready for improvisation with some car parts -not sure why no one used motors/rails from car chairs, and my $50 is good, i think in much poorer India this is even sounds like dream – there the $10 printer can only be mass accessible

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