How To Deal With An Old 3D Printer

Personal 3D printing has been evolving at a very rapid rate over the past 3-4 years. It’s been proceeding so fast that you might find yourself equipped with a few older, obsolete models that idle powerless in the corner of your workshop. 
What should you do with these ancient, no-longer-useful 3D printers? Here’s some ideas:
  • Upgrade. If possible, buy additions, upgrades and enhancements for the old 3D printer to bring it up to, or at least closer to, current specs.
  • Simple prints. Sure, the old 3D printer doesn’t have the resolution or capabilities for advanced prints, but perhaps you just need to print a doorstop, mounting block or coat hook? Why not print “simple” items on your “backup” 3D printer? 
  • Museum them. In a few more years these original 3D printers will literally become museum pieces. Why not create a small shrine for them equipped with original prints for future generations to giggle at their primitive capabilities and outmoded mechanical concepts. 
  • Donate them. If they’re still working, consider donating them to a local school or other organization where children and others may get some value from them. The value may only be in educating people on concepts, but it is value nevertheless.
  • Throw them out. An obvious choice, but for many this will be the eventual fate of their original 3D printers. 
We’re museuming. How about you?


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