With a broader offer every day, the 3D printer market is experiencing fierce competition with the key to always better prices. While it was necessary to count almost 2000 $ for a personal 3D printer 5 years ago, there are now models available from 300 $. A boon for fablabs, companies but also individuals who wish to discover the joys of printing by wire deposit.
To get started in 3D printing without spending money, discover today our TOP 10 low-cost 3D printers:
TOP 10 – UP Mini
The UP Mini from the manufacturer TierTime is one of the few 3D printers of this selection to offer a heating plate allowing to print PLA filaments but also ABS. It has a maximum manufacturing volume of 120x120x120mm and comes with UP software. The UP Mini is an efficient and reliable machine for a price of 565.88 $.
TOP 9 – Finder
The 3D Finder is one of the smallest of the FlashForge brand. For a price of only 499 $, it offers interesting features like a system of intelligent cartridges, a touch screen color control, a dedicated slicer called FlashPrint or a WiFi connection. On the performance side, the Finder has a production volume of 140 x 140 x 140 mm.
TOP 8 – BQ Prusa i3 Hephestos
The Spanish brand BQ unveiled the Prusa i3 Hephestos some time ago. The printer is equipped with a 215 x 210 x 180 mm tray for a total weight of less than 10kg. With a price below 800 $, it is an affordable model delivered in kit that will require only a few hours of assembly.
BQ Prusa i3 Hephestos
TOP 7 – CoLiDo DIY
Can print a maximum volume of 200 x 200 x 170 mm for a price of 299 $, this printer of the manufacturer CoLiDo is supplied in kit and has an independent coil holder. Accessible and easy to assemble, it is equipped with metal rods to limit vibrations during the printing process.
TOP 6 – Da Vinci Jr. 1.0
A 3D printer specially designed for beginners and small budgets. The Da Vinci Jr. 1.0 has a print volume of 150 x 150 x 150 mm, comes in several colors, and has a semi-automatic calibration system. Available for 179 $, it works with XYZware software from manufacturer XYZprinting. On the performance side, it has nothing to envy to the largest and offers a minimum accuracy of 100 microns.
Da Vinci Jr. 1.0
TOP 5 – Dagoma Discovery 200
A low-cost printer made in France, that of the manufacturer Dagoma. The Discovery 200 only costs 399 $ for the version already assembled, 299 $ if you want to assemble it yourself. It has a print volume of 200 x 200 x 200 mm, an SD card and works with the Cura by Dagoma software. For printing materials, it only uses PLA.
TOP 4 – Monoprice MP Select Mini
The Monoprice MP Select Mini is a desktop 3D printer manufactured by Monoprice, a California based manufacturer.
This small desktop 3D printer offers a very good value for money. Thanks to its heated 3D printing plate, the MP Select Mini Monoprice is able to print most 3D filaments available in 3D, such as ABS, PLA, XT Copolyester, PET, TPU, TPC, FPE, PVA or HIPS.
Monoprice MP Select Mini
TOP 3 – Mattel Thingmaker
This printer was developed by the American Mattel. The printer has a volume of 483 x 508 x 533 mm and is equipped with a secure print nozzle for children. It will only be released this autumn for a price of 270 $. It also has a WiFi connection, an automatic system to close the printing room and allow you to customize your own toys via a dedicated application.
TOP 2 – HICTOP Prusa I3
The HICTOP Prusa I3 is a 3D printer in kit produced by HIC Technology, a manufacturer based in China.
This open source machine is built around an architecture of the initial design proposed by Josef Prusa’s i3. The HICTOP Prusa I3 is solid and reliable, making it a perfect 3D printer for passionate users wanting to train themselves in 3D printing.
This 3D printer has been voted one of the best models in the category “Kit / DIY” of the 2015 report of 3D Hubs.
HICTOP Prusa I3
Top 1 – Robo 3D
The Robo 3D C2 is a desktop 3D printer produced by Robo 3D, a San Diego-based manufacturer in the United States. The Robo 3D C2 was announced at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas, it was at that time dubbed the Robo 3D R2 Mini.
The Robo 3D C2 is a small affordable desktop 3D printer. It has a large color touch screen. Thanks to its Wifi connectivity and its compatibility with the Robo application is easy to use.
The Robo 3D C2 enables 3D printing of PLA-based materials and other types of 3D filaments, provided they do not require a heated platen.
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