$99 Off - Ender 3 Pro

Micro Center, one of the spponsors of 3D Printer Academy, has a special discount for new customers: $100 off a Creality Ender 3 Pro. Offer is valid for new customers in physical retail stores only.

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  • Considered the best 3d printer by many hardcore 3d printing enthusiasts and makers.

  • This resin 3d printer is great for 3d printing mini figures and table top game pieces.

  • Feature packed. Extremely fast. This 3d printer is currently available for pre-order directly from Bambu Labs.

    Bambu Lab 

Best 3d printer filaments:

Not all filament is equal. Discover the best 3d printer filaments.

  • Overture Matte PLA: Inexpensive, reliable, and very tough.

  • Protopasta PLA:

    Give your 3d prints a deep rich color with this premium PLA.

  • Matter Hackers Quantum PLA: Add instant 'wow' factor with this dual color filament.

  • Inland Regular PLA: Very affordable and available on Amazon and in person at Micro Center stores.

  • Overture Copper Silk PLA: Creates a realistic polished copper finish.


3DPA's Top Pick:

The Creality CR10 is a great all around 3d printer that can print big and small. It is easier to set up than the Creality Ender 3, has a massive build plate, and is easy to maintain.

  • Spare Nozzles

    Clogged nozzles are a unfortunate reality when it comes to FDM 3d printing. While there are many ways to clean an existing nozzle, it is far easier to simply replace the nozzle. Spare nozzle are very affordable. (Creality and Prusa compatible)

  • Glue Sticks

    Struggle with 3d printer bed adhesion? One of the easiest ways to make your 3d prints adhere to the build plate is simply applying a small amount of glue from a glue stick.

  • Extruder Wheel Gears

    Over time extruder wheel gears (the small gear the feeds filament into the 3d printer) wear down. Having extra's on hand is a life saver! (Creality compatible)


More Necessary Supplies

Hex drivers, screw drivers, complete tool set (for 3D printer building, fixing, maintenance)

Flush cutters (for support removal and flush cutting needs. This is the infamous tool that is found in almost all 3D printer kits)

Thin metal scraper (for build plate cleanup and part removal)

Micro SD cards and adapters (for file transfer and g-code storage)

Glue sticks (for improving bed adhesion)

Dish soap / detergent (for safely cleaning all types of build plates)

Digital calipers (for measuring parts, printer calibration and design)

Deburring tool (for post processing 3D prints)

Digital scale (for weighing 3D printed parts for shipping)

Spare nozzles and parts (3D printers can be fickle so it is important to keep spare parts on hand in case something breaks)

Hot glue and super glue (for fixing failed prints)