>>532009>be a good investment.
do you earn enough that spending around 6 hundred to 2k murrikaneer coins (price range of entry level equipment plus consumables) is not an issue? (does not generate debt you cannot cover in a month or two without affecting your lifestyle, or just have completely idle savings)>Helps explain people what you're doing
are you doing industrial prototyping/ experimental design?
cuz if you're doing 3 anim and games this is not by any means the same as a demo reel> Don't mind if I have to assemble it myself.
i'm a retard so i got a flashforge finder, quite cheap, print PLA only, 140x140x140mm volume, plug n play
it is quite good, have been able to print some useless trinkets and make some customs (mostly gifts to friends and family) and a comb for my hair trimmer
photo sensitive resin hardware is a bit more expensive and the consumables are perishable, and the clean up process can involve chemicals other than water (usually alcohol) but the quality tends to be nicer than filament machines
pla is non-perishable, you can even make your own without too much hassle with the right hardware. some companies make special filament which glows in the dark, is thermochromatic (changes color with temperature), contains wood/metal particles, etc... abs is pretty much the same, tho this is hearsay, never worked with abs itself. neither is food safe (i think it has to do with the material dissolving when heated and food getting stuck in cracks thus promoting the growth of bacteria, rather than it dissolving into the food) but who know what the future will bring
i mainly bought my own machine because the makerspaces in my cuntry charge a shitton for each job and murrikan 3d printing services cost a lot to ship,you should certainly try them first before aiming to buy a machine