One factor that is very important when buying a 3D printer is budgeting for the tools you need to use it effectively. Often I see people throwing out a budget for a printer of for example $1000, but they do not factor in shipping costs and more costly than that are the tools! If you are in the market for a 3D printer or simply want to know what tools are effective, I have written this guide to help you understand what you need and approximate costs.
There are 3 tiers of tools and equipment I will list here.
- Are the essential tools, you absolutely will need these to get your printer functioning properly
- Are the useful tools that will be used however you do not need them from day 1, you could go for weeks or months without needing these, you will eventually though
- Are the optional tools. When you want to make your life a little easier or experiment, these can help but are not needed to use a printer effectively
1: ESSENTIAL TOOLS
Essential Tools starting at around $66 AUD total
2. USEFUL TOOLS
Useful tools starting at around $70 AUD total
3. OPTIONAL TOOLS
Optional tools starting at around $160 AUD total