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Entry level 3d printer at Box for £99.99 (free C&C)
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Entry level 3d printer at Box for £99.99 (free C&C)

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Posted 1st Dec 2019

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If you've ever fancied playing around with 3d printing, this could be the one for you.
It'll have it's pros and cons, but doesn't everything!
One good thing for starters, it comes practically fully assembled, right out of the box.
Just put the spool holder on the back, level the bed, and you're done!
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Simply print another 3d printer and sell it to recoup your costs.

Genius.
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I would be careful with this type of 3d printer because the arm is only attached at one side it can be easy to knock the arm even a little bit and cause damage to it
spoot1smeg01/12/2019 09:04

I would be careful with this type of 3d printer because the arm is only …I would be careful with this type of 3d printer because the arm is only attached at one side it can be easy to knock the arm even a little bit and cause damage to it


You have to be be pretty careless to damage it, the UP and UP+ printers were same design and pretty robust really, I'd be more concerned with getting satisfactory print quality for price v's expectations.
Simply print another 3d printer and sell it to recoup your costs.

Genius.
If you want to get into 3D printing then you can't currently get better than the Aldi Balco at £150. It's a rebadged Wanhao i3 Plus v2 & exceptionally good value at the original selling price of £300 (later reduced to £250). I paid £300 for it 2 years ago & it was a steal. If I had the space I'd buy a second!
GothBoy01/12/2019 11:36

If you want to get into 3D printing then you can't currently get better …If you want to get into 3D printing then you can't currently get better than the Aldi Balco at £150. It's a rebadged Wanhao i3 Plus v2 & exceptionally good value at the original selling price of £300 (later reduced to £250). I paid £300 for it 2 years ago & it was a steal. If I had the space I'd buy a second!



I would personally say get the Ender 3/Ender 3 pro over the Aldi one, Ender 3 are extremely popular and have big, friendly communities which are will to help and not mention to amount of tutorial video made for the ender 3/ pro. For around the same price you can't really go wrong.
Ticking_Fox01/12/2019 10:49

You have to be be pretty careless to damage it, the UP and UP+ printers …You have to be be pretty careless to damage it, the UP and UP+ printers were same design and pretty robust really, I'd be more concerned with getting satisfactory print quality for price v's expectations.



you do have to take into account some people are ..... very careless some I know got an ender 3 took it out, built it, read nothing about 3d printers turned it on and started printing without doing anything turns out the printer was gouging out a chunk of the print bed didn't bother doing and bed leveling or preparing at all basically expected it to work like an inkjet printer.
MikeyG101/12/2019 12:34

I would personally say get the Ender 3/Ender 3 pro over the Aldi one, …I would personally say get the Ender 3/Ender 3 pro over the Aldi one, Ender 3 are extremely popular and have big, friendly communities which are will to help and not mention to amount of tutorial video made for the ender 3/ pro. For around the same price you can't really go wrong.


Same could be said for the Wanhao i3 plus! maybe not quite as much but there's still plenty online about it.

There are pros and cons of both in my opinion, wanhao i3 plus is also direct drive which is either a small bonus or a big bonus depending on what filaments you want to use. and it's dual z axis, linear rods, probably capable of higher print quality if set up perfectly. The single-z, v-slot design of the ender 3 is probably a bit easier to set up and maintain though, and cheaper.

Maybe I'm biased as I used to have an original (non plus) wanhao i3. Great printer. Replaced with a Sidewinder X1 which is a v-slot printer, more refined, almost silent, and much bigger.

I'd pay £50 more for either over this deal, the build plate is just too small. You can't print much at all with a 12cm build plate, will instantly wish you got a bigger printer. I found even 20cm x 20cm on the i3 too small in the end!
MikeyG101/12/2019 12:34

I would personally say get the Ender 3/Ender 3 pro over the Aldi one, …I would personally say get the Ender 3/Ender 3 pro over the Aldi one, Ender 3 are extremely popular and have big, friendly communities which are will to help and not mention to amount of tutorial video made for the ender 3/ pro. For around the same price you can't really go wrong.


Wanhao are HUGE. They have a massive community with mods, tutorials, etc & their support is second to none. They even have a UK support team (who do the Balco support too). I damaged the motherboard on mine, asked how much a replacement would be & they said that as long as I wanted to fit it myself (easy) then they'd waiver the £100 part cost. They also included a free 1kg reel of PLA+ for the inconvenience caused by me breaking their product. Oh, & an 8gb SD card with the latest (freely available) software & test print model.

Like I said, I'd buy a Wanhao/Balco any day for £150.
Bit of a mute point recommending other printers, I watched a couple of videos showing the printer in action, and it looked solid and a killer price for what it does.
If this turns out to be just a fad, I havn't wasted to much money
I'm more worried about getting my head around the software, but I'll be using my old friend YouTube to help me out there!
P.S.
I've just been emailed saying mine's being delivered tomorrow (Mon 2nd) via DPD and I only ordered it on Saturday around midday with standard delivery!
So, who's got a good source for filament?
3dfilaprint are good for reliable quality filament Aldi balco is very cheap and not bad
GothBoy01/12/2019 14:53

Wanhao are HUGE. They have a massive community with mods, tutorials, etc & …Wanhao are HUGE. They have a massive community with mods, tutorials, etc & their support is second to none. They even have a UK support team (who do the Balco support too). I damaged the motherboard on mine, asked how much a replacement would be & they said that as long as I wanted to fit it myself (easy) then they'd waiver the £100 part cost. They also included a free 1kg reel of PLA+ for the inconvenience caused by me breaking their product. Oh, & an 8gb SD card with the latest (freely available) software & test print model.Like I said, I'd buy a Wanhao/Balco any day for £150.


No doubt Wanhao are huge. And I have no problems with them or their printers. The ender has a bigger build plate and can be found sometimes for even cheaper than Balco. There are merits to both, if i were to recommend one over the two it would be the ender is all i was saying. The Ender has got a massive cult following and a lot of support is what i was trying to say.
esar01/12/2019 15:02

Bit of a mute point recommending other printers, I watched a couple of …Bit of a mute point recommending other printers, I watched a couple of videos showing the printer in action, and it looked solid and a killer price for what it does.If this turns out to be just a fad, I havn't wasted to much moneyI'm more worried about getting my head around the software, but I'll be using my old friend YouTube to help me out there!P.S.I've just been emailed saying mine's being delivered tomorrow (Mon 2nd) via DPD and I only ordered it on Saturday around midday with standard delivery!


Hate being that guy, but you mean "moot point" not "mute".
Anyway, how is discussing other printer which may be better value for money on a forum specifically about deal in anyway "moot".
I never said it wasn't a good price or doesn't look solid. By all means if you think the printer is for you, by all means get it; it is not like other opinions should have much impact on your choice. We were just discussing 3D printers, on a thread on a forum about a 3D printers.

But I hope you have fun with your new printer and get your monies worth.

Cura, like anything, takes a bit of time to learn but is quite beginner friendly- I recommend watching some of the videos by CHEP on YouTube, he does a lot of Cura with the Ender 3 but 95% of it is applicable to other printers.

As for filament - I am assuming you want PLA, I would recommend going for the bigger brand as you are just starting. The likes of Ziro, SunLu , amz3d and even Amazon basics are good starters. Makes sure you only get filament the is 1.75 mm in diameter. I would recommend staying away from glow in the dark filament, filament with glitter in it or anything that isn't bog standard PLA, until you are more established and have a good idea about 3d printer and your specifically.

Hope this helps
Any recommendations for a wax substitute filament that works well?

Nice price OP (I would rather spend the extra on a Wanhao, but it you don’t have that extra £50 its a spanking good price for an entry level 3D printer 👌)
It's £125 now, so I've expired the deal
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