So you’re looking to buy your first 3D printer, and your index finger is quivering over

So you’re looking to buy your first 3D printer, and your index finger is quivering over that 300 US Dollar printer on Amazon.com. Stop! You’re about to have a bad time. 3D printing has come a long way, but most 3D printers are designed through witchcraft, legends, and tall tales rather than any rigorous engineering process. I would say most 3D printer designs are either just plain bad, or designed by a team of Chinese engineers applying all their ingenuity to cost cutting. There are a few that are well designed, and there is a comparatively higher price tag attached. I’ll start by going through some of the myths and legends that show up in 3D printers. After that I’ll go through some of the common, mostly gimmick, features that typically hinder your printer’s ability, rather than adding any useful function. Next I’ll go onto the things that will actually make your printer better. Finally, I’ll add some special consideration if you’re a beginner buying your first printer. Most printers have very mechanically weak designs. You will never be able to just throw a spindle on 99.9% of 3D printers and get a CNC machine. 3D printers are typically not designed to take loads, they are not...

25 Best Desktop CNC Routers & DIY CNC Router Kits in 2019

Looking for an affordable desktop CNC router? Check out our buyer’s guide to the 25 best CNC routers & DIY CNC router kits you can buy right now. CNC routers and mills are an ideal addition to any maker’s workshop. Precisely cutting woods, metals and other materials, the CNC router can do some tasks 3D printers can’t. Helping alleviate this is a DIY CNC router kit, condensing down CNC router into flat pack projects that result in high-quality tools fit for carving and cutting in relatively little time. There is also a range of semi-assembled or assembled desktop CNC routers that are also compact, some of which come at an affordable price. Learn the difference between a CNC router and a CNC mill or scroll on to our selection of the best desktop CNC routers, along with DIY CNC router kits, on the market today (ordered by price). Hackable and coming with a large work area out of the box – especially the XXL version – the Shapeoko is a versatile CNC router. On the cheaper end of the CNC spectrum, the MYSWEETY 1610 CNC Router is a popular entry-level option available on Amazon. Available for under $200, don’t expect a large machine or extra perks to come with t...