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Why the 3D Printer in Your Makerspace Should be a Dremel

Don't buy another 3D printer if you are in a community space and working with students.  I know what you’re thinking: “But this other printer is only a hundred and fifty bucks! I’ll just have the students put it together! How hard can it be?” Stop. Don't even consider it. What is your time worth? Do you want to be spending an hour or more taking that cheap printer apart every time it clogs? (Not to mention losing money on the filament you'll be wasting every time you have a failed print.)  Or do you want a 3D printer that just load a file, you push a button, and like magic it prints? Yes, people successfully build very cheap printers and get amazing prints out of them. The difference is those people are tinkerers. They don’t mind doing hours of test prints and dialing in settings to get things just right.  I am not one of those people. Most librarians and teachers I know do not have the time to be one of those people. We just want it to work. Period. So when I b

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