Any recommendations for choosing a 3D printer?

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    Hi, guys, I am new here, trying to decide what is best for me. I know there are a lot of good printers on the market already, but they are also pretty costly, I am on a pretty tight budget, I have also been browsing through Kickstarter, there are quite a few printers that picked my interest, this one called Mooz looks pretty solid, it is a lot cheaper and it can do CNC carving and laser engraving too, I have been seeing their ads all over facebook, I saw a few videos on Youtube as well, did anyone check this thing out? Is it worth a shot? Link:

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    Their homepage does not work in Chrome, but works in Firefox. Here is the same bug was recently with

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    Brian, did you see my post about Kickstarter in here? Yes, the Mooz is super nice and it being able to do 3 different things makes it an all-in-one workshop! But for each additional ability, you pay about $70 (somewhere around there). It comes with the 3D printer head but not with the laser engraver or CNC head. There is also a great article in here about the dangers of crowdfunding you might want to read (and watch the first video too) before you fork over any money. Who knows, they could totally make it all the way to production and fill each order. I hope they do! I even backed another 3D printer on Kickstarter but now not so sure it will pull through. If I had it to do over again I wouldn’t do it.

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    I agree with Richard that starting with a Kickstarter project is pretty high risk for a beginner. Even if you receive your product there’s no assurance that they will be there in the coming years or even months if there’s an issue.

    I’m newer as well and got my son a Monoprice Maker Select Plus which is a rebranded Wanhao Duplicator i3+ and have had good luck with it after some tweaks. It’s cost effective for a beginner who doesn’t want to construct their own from a kit. If you’re up for a kit then something like a product from Tevo would be good.

    If you’re on a very strict budget then I’d start with something like the Tevo Tarantula or Tornado (kits) or Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini or it’s Monoprice clone. The latter two are small but great entry level units.

    I strongly recommend not only looking at the product but at the community behind that product. Do they have a Facebook group or other online forum to ask questions? If they don’t then look elsewhere, as you’ll pretty soon find yourself at a dead end due to a problem you can’t solve.

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