question about choosing a 3D printer 

ok so trying to buy a and can use some advice/opinions from people who have experience with the machines in question.

Narrowed down to Adventurer 3 and duplicator i3 mini.

What I am looking for is minimal fuss (I am looking at this as a tool, not a hobby), safe (no open power units and fire hazard cable connections), quiet (living in a tiny apartment with neighbors), and in this my price range. (cont)

question about choosing a 3D printer 

Wanhao dup. i3 mini I think I can live with the bed size (I am planning for a second machine in long run and I think while I'd like 15cm it is not a disaster) and it is cheap enough I can afford to build an enclosure for it so that is not an issue

Lack of heated bed worries me through, and some comments about bed stability on "larger" prints.

it seems to have 0 problems with mats and I really like that it is an open hardware.

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question about choosing a 3D printer 

Adventurer is reported to have issues with older filaments especially and when swapping. The custom nozzle worries me (even through it will probably last longer than and finding spare parts where I live) Also cloud connection and closed firmware :/ I can live with the built in spool thing

that being said it has a heated bed, an enclosure (even PLA is better to not print in open) and looks self contained and safe. Heated bed and bed size are the 2 advantages.

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In terms of noise level I heard both loud and quiet on both. It won't sit next to my bed, but I need it to be no louder than a fridge. So at least adventurer 3 advertises to be so, looks like i3 mini is not terrible?

I am also open to other suggestions. I don't mind some assembly, but no fire hazards please, or open power units. (wanhao and creality models are generally available unless very new. Other brands usually aren't)

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question about choosing a 3D printer 

oh to clarify, I want to print with PLA and other low temperature filament. Wood filament is especially something I want to use. Metal fill and flexible filament compatibility would be also a selling point.

Higher temperature filaments while is a nice thing to have is lesser priority for me, I can live without them as they will be tricky to print in a living environment even with the enclosure.

thanks for the help in advance. :)

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question about choosing a 3D printer 

@eylul

Though I suspect it's out of your price range, the Lulzbot Mini is an ideal beginner's printer. The auto-leveling feature is outstanding, and the print bed with PLA has been tremendous.

It's been perfect for my "beginner" attitude about printing.

I use it in an adjoining room, so it is audible but not irritating (filament reel squeeks and motor sounds)

question about choosing a 3D printer 

@Algot lulzbot was something I would consider trying to finance because it would be a long term option. Unfortunately if it is available locally, I have not seen it yet. (this by the way, is part of the reason why this got so tricky)

I appreciate the feedback through :)

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@eylul

I've only dealt with them on line.

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