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3D Printing: Build Your Own 3D Printer and Print Your Own 3D Objects by James Floyd Kelly

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3. Assembly Assistance for the Printrbot Simple

If you don’t own a 3D printer but are in the market for one, you may be wondering about the pros and cons of purchasing a kit versus a preassembled printer. I’ve built two 3D printers, and I can tell you that it was fun putting all the parts together, tightening the bolts, attaching the motors, and wiring up the electronics. But I’m comfortable doing those kinds of things. You may not be.

There is nothing wrong with purchasing a 3D printer that comes ready to use, right out of the box. I’m not comfortable doing my own taxes or dealing with plumbing issues. I know my comfort level with many things, and taxes and plumbing are on the HIRE SOMEONE list.

Most 3D printers come with excellent documentation. ...

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