3D Print Beginner - Website Analysis

Logo for the website 3dprintbeginner.com
Logo for the website 3dprintbeginner.com

To find the website associated with my discourse community of 3D printing, I consulted with three professional printers with more than ten years of combined experience. They recommended https://3dprintbeginner.com/ as a solid website for someone just beginning with a 3D printer or who wants to buy one. One important aspect I noticed was how they established their credibility by publicly posting the review guidelines that they follow. These guidelines are also required for companies to follow if they want a review done on a product that the writer has yet to purchase. Articles will mention if a company provides the 3D printers for free for review.

Menu Bar for 3dprintbeginner.com
Menu bar for 3dprintbeginner.com

Writing Style

This website's primary section is their reviews of 3D printers, but there are guides for specific printers and tips and tricks. The tone of the website is straightforward and knowledgeable. The author gives the good and the bad in the reviews. However, clarity is lacking when you think about this as a website for beginner 3D printers, as it does use jargon that a beginner in 3D printing might have to look up. The website lists out unexplained specifications, which a true beginner will need help understanding the relevance of. The website helps build knowledge of various 3D printers and how to improve their firmware, but their target audience would require supplementary research to understand certain parts. If a person has been looking into 3D printing for about three months, they possibly could understand the jargon. However, all the different specifications might require some clarification on how it would impact their printing experience. Below is an example of the table of specifications they use for their reviews.

Table of specifications used by 3dprintbeginner.com
Table of specifications used by 3dprintbeginner.com

Visual Appeal

The website used a lot of visual elements, which helped make the concepts easier to understand. The website also used picture thumbnails to show each article on the main page. A consistent layout of articles allows users to compare printers reviewed quickly. The typography was an easy-to-read sans serif font. However, the color scheme chosen is white writing on a black background, which increases eye fatigue and hinders the accessibility of people with eye conditions such as astigmatism. While the website has a lot of helpful visual elements because of the color scheme, the visual appeal is significantly reduced.

Home page of 3dprintbeginner.com showing thumbnails of the latest posts

Design Choices

The website has a forum to engage users and a comment section at the end of each article. The website gives statistics and reviews; however, the writer specifies that they are not trying to convince anyone to buy a specific product; they are just writing based on their own experience. A buyer's guide section gives recommendations based on potential categories that the reader could be searching for. The design choice of splitting everything into categories is practical, allowing ease of use. The writer's decision to write reviews, starting from opening the box to printing tests, is thorough for beginner printers to understand all the steps of setting up the printer and testing areas to know how the printer performs.

Overall, the writer's website is solid for 3D printing; however, I recommend two changes. The first change would be to change the color scheme to make the website more accessible. The second change would be to include a dictionary of different 3D printer specifications and jargon definitions to reduce the amount of secondary research a 3D print beginner would have to do.

Theresa Baraga

I am working toward a Master of Arts in Technical and Professional Writing from MGA. Currently I am working as a tax accountant and am exploring 3D printing as a hobby.
Las Vegas, NV