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 Subject : Re:Best Kid-Friendly Printer?.. 12/01/2020 03:02:11 PM 
Donald McFarlane
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As a printer enthusiast (and work for a company that makes them), I agree the Ender machines are a great choice. they are easy enough for a beginner but capable for the pro's. as for software the best software i can recommend (free or otherwise) is CURA from Ultimaker. in its simplest settings you just select material, layer height, and a few other basic settings, and as the skill level grows the access to more advance settings can be setup. I also feel the best way to learn 3D printing is start by printing stuff your interested in (and this even goes for adults) and enjoy. The "trinkets and toys" are what keep the interest.
 Subject : Re:Re:Best Kid-Friendly Printer?.. 12/01/2020 02:57:04 PM 
Joshua Munchow
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We have 2 of these Monoprice ones and I know other people that have bought them and they are pretty sound and easy to use. Also starts at $200

 Subject : Re:Best Kid-Friendly Printer?.. 12/01/2020 02:52:40 PM 
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As far as an affordable starter printer is concerned, I've heard good reviews on the Ender 3 series. The base unit starts at around the $200 mark, but I'm sure there are some good cyber deals going on right now. Also, TinkerCAD is a fantastic (kid friendly) 3D CAD modeling software application. I believe it's still free... or at least it used to be.
 Subject : Best Kid-Friendly Printer?.. 12/01/2020 02:34:47 PM 
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Location: Kansas City Metro
I had a coworker ask me about a 3D Printer for her 8-year-old daughter. Apparently she's been asking her mom for awhile now about getting one, and my coworker doesn't know much about the low-end systems or free software out there. My coworker is pretty skilled with software, running CAD/CAM and etc, but she's hoping to find a printer and software that won't discourage her daughter by being too complicated to operate. She's ok with having to do some of the work alongside her daughter, but she's hoping there's a printer and software that are intuitive enough and simple enough to run that she won't have to be holding her hand the entire time (she has a couple of kids so facing the reality that she won't be able to dedicate all the time she might like to helping out with it).

She's hoping to spend less than $300 on a system and use free software. Intuitive, simple function and operation are more important than fine resolution.

Any thoughts on a good system to help get a kid started out on 3D printing?
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