Educate, Motivate, Create

At Plug N Play 3D you can find information to learn what it takes to create a successful 3D printed object using leading edge technology that is especially designed to make this process easier for the beginner, intermediate or expert end user. 3D printing is not easy. If you are looking for 3D printer kits and are motivated by learning through building a 3D printer kit that will take many  hours and many technical skills, this is probably not the place for you. If you are willing to educate yourself to develop your skill level, are motivated by working with leading edge technology, and want to create dazzling products and prototypes on demand, with basic computer skills, then Plug N Play 3D might be the place you can find a 3D printer to suit your needs.

Currently there are  988 3D printer manufacturers in this market, most are for use in a variety of commercial industries. The consumer market is thriving with 19% growth in 2015, mostly FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) style 3D printers. When  compared to other types of  3D printers  like SLA (Stereolithography), SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) and DLP (Digital Light Process) that use liquid photopolymer resins or powders, these types of 3D printers are usually more expensive, have higher consumable material costs and the end user must have a greater skill level, possibly engineering or  computer programing skills. These more advanced and more technical 3D printers do have some benefits, such as better resolution and catering to professionals.

Why does this matter?  There are more manufacturers of 3D printers than there are car manufacturers!  3D printing can be for everyone, and our focus is FFF 3D printers.  Printers from Plug N Play 3D are easy to use (“plug and play”) and are a great value. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or expert end user, we have a printer that will be a good fit for your needs.  We only sell 3D printers that have been tested for (1) print quality, (2) ease-of-use, (3) build quality, (4) reliability, (5) low failure rate, (6) good customer service and community support, (7) economical operations, and (8) available software.

Our 3D printers are a great value.

As we reflected on what was missing in the 3D printing community, we were reminded of our past experience when we used to sell 5-axis CNC mills within the jewelry industry. This experience was profound.  We developed technical skills that have assisted us when entering the 3D printing market. When we entered the 3D printing arena for the second time more than four years ago, we found nothing but 3D printer websites that had a lot of 3D printers for sale.  This was great, but when you’re spending hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars, you want more than just what you can see from a picture on your mobile device or computer.  You want more than pictures of a few prints that were printed from the manufacturer’s web site.

I will always remember being at one of my first professional 3D printer trade shows and walking up to a manufacturer’s booth.  I picked up a 3D printed model and took out my 10X jeweler’s loupe to look at the surface of the model.  The salesperson looked at me like I was crazy.  Well, nothing shows you print quality or flaws/failure like 10x magnification.   That jeweler’s loupe is one of the best tests for seeing quality of prints. I’m not trying to discourage purchasing a 3D printer online.  We just offer an up-close personal experience if you would like that.

We are here to help you make a good choice and to spend wisely.

Since professionals have greater access to 3D printer trade shows, we started to explore how best to support the consumer market.  We got engaged with the 3D printing community and spent time assessing what might be the most helpful for consumers that are not typically in a model-making industry.  We decided to create a store that you can come to and see prints made from all the 3D printers we sell.  You can see the real colors of the filaments you want to buy and use. We offer educational quick starter guides and resources in our store and on our online sales website like:

  • Computer Terms Related to 3D Printing,
  • Glossary of 3D Printer Terms,
  • Different filaments types and their uses,
  • Troubleshooting FFF 3D Printers, and
  • 3D Printer CAD Model Repositories.

Soon we will add 3D printer classes and much more.

  • More Machines,
  • More Filaments, and
  • More Accessories.

Our Pledge to Our Customers:

  • Before we sell anything, we test our products.
  • We back everything we sell with a money-back guarantee.
  • All 3D printers have a one-year warranty.
  • We offer school, teacher and student discounts.
  • We offer multiple purchase discounts.
  • We will match or beat internet pricing consistent with Authorized Distributors of the same product and model.

Soon we will add resin 3D printers to our product line along with custom setup and training on site – at your home, school, workshop, business, office or your manufacturing plant.

Plug N Play 3D is here for you!