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Hey all. Yeps another “which 3D printer” question. But this time not a 3d printing newbie. I have a resin laser 3D printer but want to print for the tank now. My understanding, resin prints aren’t compatible with salt water and would become a problem. So it’s PETG and ABS for around the tank.

I’m leaning toward an Ender 5 Pro with an enclosure from MatterHackers. I don’t know much about FDM printing, but it seems like for ABS heat and consistent temp during print is critical. Hence the idea of the Ender 5 w/enclosure.

I’d like to stay in the or close to the sub $1,000 range.

Suggestions appreciated.
 
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Another Prusa recommendation thread I see. MK2S was running well for me until a series of issues and frustration on hot end replacement. That being said, their tech support, guides and product line have improved immensely to make these replacements 80% easier.
 
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Another Prusa recommendation thread I see. MK2S was running well for me until a series of issues and frustration on hot end replacement. That being said, their tech support, guides and product line have improved immensely to make these replacements 80% easier.
I bought the MK3S as my first printer and haven’t had any issues printing 20-30 hours a week for a year since I’ve had it. No upgrades, just an occasional new nozzle. Just sharing my experience.
 

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I bought the MK3S as my first printer and haven’t had any issues printing 20-30 hours a week for a year since I’ve had it. No upgrades, just an occasional new nozzle. Just sharing my experience.
They made some major improvements to reduce jamming in the hot end through better heat control. I wouldn't hesitate to get another Prusa as my experience with them has been nothing but pleasant. MK2s lasted me about 2.5 years and the thermiresistor went and must have caused some damage to the hot end. Replaced the probe, still had issues. Replace the hot end and read that they made a slight modification of the hot end to work for both MK2S and MK3 (think I am remembering this correct) that had a slightly higher gap. That paired with a firmware update had me jamming left and right. The third time taking apart the extruder and having issues I set it on a shelf. Taking apart the extruder is a PITA on the MK2s.

Anyways, I could probably get it back in order by another PTFE tube replacement and reverting to my old hot end but just havn't had time. The lesson here is to follow the maintenance routine they suggest to a T. Preventable wear of a cable led to all of this because I got sloppy with maintaining it.

Did you get a kit for the MK3S?
 

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They made some major improvements to reduce jamming in the hot end through better heat control. I wouldn't hesitate to get another Prusa as my experience with them has been nothing but pleasant. MK2s lasted me about 2.5 years and the thermiresistor went and must have caused some damage to the hot end. Replaced the probe, still had issues. Replace the hot end and read that they made a slight modification of the hot end to work for both MK2S and MK3 (think I am remembering this correct) that had a slightly higher gap. That paired with a firmware update had me jamming left and right. The third time taking apart the extruder and having issues I set it on a shelf. Taking apart the extruder is a PITA on the MK2s.

Anyways, I could probably get it back in order by another PTFE tube replacement and reverting to my old hot end but just havn't had time. The lesson here is to follow the maintenance routine they suggest to a T. Preventable wear of a cable led to all of this because I got sloppy with maintaining it.

Did you get a kit for the MK3S?
Yes, bought the kit. Took two ten-hour days but could’ve been done in significantly less time. I’m prone to distraction
 
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Take your time with assembly. If you feel stumped, watch the videos while you’re putting it together. And buy an extra bag of haribos. One most certainly isn’t enough.
Thanks for the warning on Haribos. I have about an month before it show up. Plenty of time for videos between now and then.
 

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I'd recommend getting a prusa with that budget. Enclosures are good to have, but they aren't required, and you can use almost anything as an encloser. As you can see this, I use an old bread proofing oven as a shelter.
 
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