The best 3D printer for beginners and budget creators in 2020

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COVID-19pandemic has thrown a spotlight on the incredible versatility of 3D printing as well as the sharp need for expertise about them. Both individual makers as well as large companies like HP and Formlabs are using 3D printers to design and create PPE such as face shields, clips for masks (surgical and homemade), and even hands-free door handle add-ons to help in the fight against the virus. After several weeks of working-from-home without 3D printer access, I finally got my hands on an XYXPrinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 A Pro. So far, I’ve made a couple of fasteners for home-made cloth masks and some face shield headbands. The former are already in use, the latter will have to wait until my clear plastic face shield material arrives in a few days.  The 3D-printed hook holds my home-made cloth face mask in place. 
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My interest in 3D printing started back in 2018, when I got pretty deep in the weeds, creating everything from smartphone stands to tabletop game accessories to a sweet mini Millennium Falcon. Since then, I’ve doubled down, getting into 3D scanning and even laser cutting, which lets you sculpt real-world designs from wood and leather.  There …

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