The used 3D printer market is growing all the time - but can this risky option of entering the additive manufacturing industry be viable? Find out whether buying used could be the right choice for you with this guide.
Joining the ever-expanding number of individuals and companies entering the realm of 3D printing can be an expensive affair. Many industry names offer desktop printers solidly in four-digit territory, and as a result, the temptation is to enter the cheap end of the market.
Of course, there are many budget 3D printers out there, but what about used machines? The saturated 3D printer market coupled with the reparable nature of most printers has caused a growing used market to surface, offering a selection of well-known and well-tested printers at a discounted price.
Another option, if you’re wanting to have just a few items printed but want to save the money and time associated with buying a printer, is to use a 3D printing service. For that, there’s, All3DP’s 3D printing and price comparison service, which will help you find the best service for your project!
But back to the question: Should you look at used 3D printers? Short answer: Yes, and here’s why…
Below are some plus points to purchasing a used 3D printer:
Some of the drawbacks of buying used include the following:
Here are some general tips for how to go about buying a used 3D printer:
While it is worth conceding that nothing pre-owned would ever beat a well-recommended, brand new 3D printer, buying new can be expensive for a novice. With this in mind, a used 3D printer is a great entry point into the 3D printing world.
For some tips on what to do when evaluating a used 3D printer for purchase, check out our used 3D printer buyer’s guide.
Also, check out some official resellers offering used printers, such as 3DGBire in the UK (who offer a good range of reconditioned units) and MatterHackers in the US, who do the same, along with free shipping to customers based in the country.
Feature image source: Digital Trends, B&H, Source Graphics
License: The text of "Should I Buy a Used 3D Printer in 2019?" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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