Post by sundaysoldier on Jun 16, 2019 13:49:36 GMT
It's cost effective only if you have the machine available (I bought it for work first). The biggest issue is the time duration to print anything quite big (this M8 took about 5hours, a sherman with detailed tracks will take about 10-12 hours because of the tracks).
I bought my printer for around 500euros/550usd. But now it's cheaper, especially if you order directly from asia (wich I didn't do, since I wanted some after sale customer service). A kilogram of plastic wire cost around 20usd/euros. Wich is enough to print a lot of vehicles, but not so much scenery.
Best scenery (especially for fantasy and ww2) is not free most of the time. You have to buy the files online. Vehicles are most of the time free, but don't expect a result as good as a plastic model kit, even the "fast build" ones. You will obtain (with some post treatment) something similar to average quality resin model.
Last thing, a 3D printer (at least the cheapest ones) are not plug and play, you will have to level the printing plate, change nozzles sometimes, and be ready for some trial and error process, especially at the beginning.
I'd say finally that it's a good buy, but it will take time to become cost effective.