Cost effective how? There are plenty of capable cheap machines out there that you can buy and use happily. Some might require a bit more tinkering than others to get going the way you want but in essence they all perform the same task. This page might be helpful in finding something that fits your budget and needs:
But if you feel that you'll eventually go with an Ultimaker regardless, then you're just wasting money buying something else first IMHO.
And of course, no matter which brand of printer you buy, or how much you pay, expect to have to do some troubleshooting. There does not exist a 3d printer today that is completely maintenance and head ache free to my knowledge.
You could search for workshops to learn some before buying.
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