The Solidoodle 2 ships as a finished product, so there's no need to spend days putting a kit together.
The Solidoodle is one of the lowest-cost 3D printers available, with a starting price of $499. Prices range up to $599, with higher-end models including a spool to hold the plastic filament - which makes it easier for it to print unassisted - and an outer cover.
The machine builds objects up to six inches cubed in size and typically prints layers 0.3mm thick, but can print high-resolution parts with a layer height of 0.1mm. Details of about 0.1mm across can be printed on each layer.
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