The Null Byte Guide to 3D Printing for Hackers

3D printers allow hackers and makers alike to create something from nothing. They're an incredible technology that lets you build protective cases and covers for gear such as a wardriving phone and Raspberry Pi-Hole. 3D printers can even help you out in a bind when something breaks, and it's impossible to get the part, since you can just print one out yourself.

And with 3D printers being relatively cheap these days, there's little reason not to get one if you think you'd have many uses for it. Anyone with $200 to $300 can get started 3D printing simple or sophisticated plastic objects at home using affordable options like the Creality Ender 3.

If you're new to 3D printing, we'll dive into the basics that any first-time 3D printer user will need to go through to create their first print. 3D printing isn't exactly straightforward, so you can't just put any sort of plastic in the machine and get started right away. However, it won't take long to get up to speed with the general steps. There are many different types and brands of 3D printers out there, but we're focusing mainly on open-source ones like the Creality Ender 3.

What's a Good 3D Printer to Purchase?

To follow along, you'll need a 3D printer. After doing some research and some in-house testing, we recommend going with the Creality Ender 3, Creality Ender 3X, or guide printing hackers