People often ask me about what 3D printers to get when they are starting out, since I’m the one in my circles who happened to get one first. I keep trying to recommend a certain chart, but I keep forgetting where it is. Well, here it is for reference:
This chart allows you to input parameters, and it helps you narrow down which printers you want to look at based on your needs and your budget. It may not be perfect, but should at least give you an idea of where to start your search.
I highly recommend looking up reviews for the various printers, particularly the video reviews on youtube. They’ll give you a better idea of how easy/difficult a printer is to use, and what to expect for maintenance items/upgrades.
There are many other things you’re going to want to consider when getting into 3D printing, but this is how I got my start.