1st 3D Printer: Prusa i3 MK3s vs Dremel 3D45

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1st 3D Printer: Prusa i3 MK3s vs Dremel 3D45

Post by Bob17821 »

Too many makes and modes of 3D printers out there! As of when I got tired of researching what to buy I had narrowed down my choices to a Prusa i3 MK3s (already built, not a kit) and a Dremel 3D45.

Here are some differences I'd appreciate your thoughts on:

1) Prusa is not enclosed. But a) how often does that matter? and b) when it does matter does a make-do solution (e.g. putting an upside down cardboard box over it) work?

2) Which printer seems to be more popular? I will probably need a lot of hand holding so I need to get something very popular.

3) I know I'd like wi-fi but I suppose I can live without it, and if not I suppose I could tolerate the Prusa Octoprint workaround.

4) The Dremel ability to set printer options from the filament RFID has real appeal. But that only works for a limited number of filaments. And the Prusa seems to work well with a large number of filament types. How hard is it to setup a Prusa for a filament type? Do filaments come with setup instructions for various printer types?

5) A major factor in Prusa's favor is the larger build volume.

Thanks for whatever thoughts you care to contribute.


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Re: 1st 3D Printer: Prusa i3 MK3s vs Dremel 3D45

Post by LePaul »

Hi Bob

I don't own either but my lab had a lot of Prusas at one time Overall, the students seemed to like and enjoy them.
Given the components and such, I felt they were a little overpriced. But they also support what they sell and actively push out improvements and upgrades. That's important.

The Dremel looks interesting. I've seen a few reviews and people seemed happy with them.

You can buy enclosures from places like PrintedSolid for the Prusa.

Adding Octoprint is quite easy. I made a video tutorial on how to do that a while back.

If you opt to do the kit, it's a fun build. You learn a lot and adds a good measure of comfort factor getting into this hobby.

That said, if you opt to get one pre-assembled to save time, that's fine too. We won't think less of you! :)

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Re: 1st 3D Printer: Prusa i3 MK3s vs Dremel 3D45

Post by xayoz »

Never had the Dremel, but my Prusa MK3S (I did the kit and learned a lot doing it) is one of my favourite printers that I have, my other favourite being my Artillery Sidewinder X1.

I like the MK3S for never having to level the bed and the great support available directly from them, from their forum, and their Facebook groups.
I like the Sidewinder for the larger build volume, still direct drive, and great support from the Facebook groups.

Many people enjoy Octoprint, which seems to work on almost any printer, but I haven't bothered with it myself.

As far as enclosures, you don't need for PLA unless you are trying to eliminate a draft, but it is recommended for certain filaments such as ABS that produce a lot of fumes. There are several enclosures you could purchase online, or you could make your own. Google IKEA Lack Enclosure for the most popular DIY enclosure.

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Re: 1st 3D Printer: Prusa i3 MK3s vs Dremel 3D45

Post by Roberts_Clif »

Never had a Dremel!

Have two Prusa's Clones that I like very much, though they do not build them any more so cannot send you in that direction...
I would point you in the direction of the Prusa I3 MK3s though.
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