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A few years ago I tried to buy/support a 3D printer on Kickstarter called the Tiko Unibody printer. I liked that it was lamp sized rather than boxy because easy to store in an apartment and can be used for small things. There were some other reasons too but I forgot it has been so long. Anyway, they declared defeat and are no longer making it.

So now I'm in the market for a small 3D printer. Enough time has past that there are more options. I'm thinking about getting this Micro printer. Any advice or things to be wary of? I know it has a sprint small area. That's something I want though. I'm only going to make small things (or the rare prototype of something larger that I'd print at Staples).
 
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I have only a little experience with 3d printing, but it seems like make magazine's printer comparison does a good job at finding the pros and cons of various models.
 
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Thanks Joe. They wrote up the one I'm considering as a fun toy. That's the use case I'm looking at so it reinforces my hunch that is a good choice for me.
 
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I bought the printer online today. My credit card company flagged it as suspicious. They also flagged by buying a new computer as suspicious last time so not terribly surprised.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I bought the printer online today. My credit card company flagged it as suspicious. They also flagged by buying a new computer as suspicious last time so not terribly surprised.



On that tangent: I hate when they do this! And usually at the most inopportune moment -- like when I'm standing in a hotel lobby trying to pay for the room and the card gets declined. Grrrrr!

"But sir, it's for your own security!" Bull pocky! It's to cover their own keester, not ours.

End rant.
 
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I don't mind. It's easy enough to unlock.  The computer one was because I went to the Apple store two years at about 11pm. The credit card company felt that electronics stores close earlier so it was suspicious. This time it was a $400 purchase from a "strange" website. For a hotel, I'd have another card with me so could just use that.

That said, this particular account has been stolen on numerous occasions. So sometimes the suspicious things they find are real.
 
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And the first thing I made:


I didn't have time to make something nice. But it is something all of my own. I want to make a box for my house keys next (well, when I have time.) So being able to print a "bottom" and "hole" are useful. It's 2.5 inches square which is a bit smaller than I'll need for the keys. But I'm now confident that I have the skills to do it and the printer can handle it.
 
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