I’ve been using my 3D printer all the time since I got it as a birthday present. I can just send it 3D models from my computer and it will print anything, as long as I have filaments to feed through the printer. The 3D printer filaments can really run out in a short amount of time if you aren’t keeping track of how much you are using. In the first couple of weeks I had with the printer, I went through all of the filament that came with it. I printed a lot of small items based on cartoon characters.
I had to order some more filament online if I wanted to continue using the printer. I thought about using a different type of plastic in the place of the filament, but I wasn’t sure if it would melt correctly, and I didn’t want to break the machine that I only had for a couple of weeks. Much like a printer that prints with ink, the price of replacement printing material can vary, depending on who makes the material. Some companies will give you a long line of filament, but charge a high price for it, while some others have lower prices, but the quality of the filament may not be as great as others.
I bought a reasonably priced filament from a company well known for their filaments. The roll of filament had a little more on it than the roll that came with my printer, and it was a little higher quality too, so I could print items and they would be more durable. For something like a stationary figure, this may or may not make a difference, but if you’re going to print something that can be used as a moving part, then it matters a lot. I printed some plastic gears to put in a small toy car that I was building, and they performed well without any cracking.