In this 3D printer buying guide, we’ll look at the best cheap 3D printers for sale in 2017. We break down the best 3D printers under $1,000.
|QIDI TECH I||9″ x 6″ x 6″||100 microns||8.6/10|
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|Dremel Idea Builder||9″ x 6″ x 6″||100 microns||8.3/10|
|FlashForge Finder||6″ x 6″ x 6″||100 microns||7.8/10|
|HICTOP Desktop||11″ x 8″ x 8″||100 microns||7.6/10|
In this article, I’m going to take a look at some of the best affordable 3D printers available on the market. I’ve created this guide in order to help first-timers and anyone working with a budget to find a cheap 3D printer under $1,000 that will allow them to explore the new technology without breaking the bank.
3D printing has exploded and with the surge of new companies trying their hand in the industry, the prices of printers keeps dropping. That’s great news for those who want to print three-dimensional objects at home, or who need an inexpensive method of prototyping.
Now, keep in mind that 3D printing is still in its infancy and the less you spend on a 3D printer, the more unreliable and less accurate of a printer you will get. That doesn’t mean that if you’re on a budget you can’t jump into the world of 3D printing. In fact, there are a large number of printers under $1,000 that will allow you to get started 3D printing and will be able to produce quality prints.
Below, we’ll explore the best cheap 3D printers on the market, as well as their various pros and cons, to help ensure that you’re able to make an informed choice.
A few years ago, the true mid range of consumer 3D printers was definitely not under $1,000.
However, with the huge increase in 3D printer options, the prices have come down and there are now quite a few really high-quality 3D printers under $1,000.
In fact, the five 3D printers listed below are, in my opinion, five of the best value 3D printers for sale.
Or, in other words, if you are looking to find the perfect balance between the price you pay and the experience you get, then the 3D printers in this price range should be a the top of your list.
No, these are not the best 3D printers on the market… but their price tag is definitely attractive for what these printers offer.
3D Printer Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)Whereas the under $500 price range has some pretty cool 3D printers for the price and the $750-$1,000 price range has some 3D printers that border on giving you a high-end experience, the $500-$750 range is somewhat lacking… at least in terms of giving you multiple options that are really good.
However, if you’re looking for the best 3D printer for under $1,000, I believe you will find it in this price range, in the QIDI TECH I.
After that, though, there isn’t a lot of options that will blow you away. There are some decent options, like the Printrbot Simple Metal, and then there is what is the cheapest all-in-one 3D printer (3D printer and scanner) on the market: the XYZprinting AiO.
So, if you want to spend a little more than $500, there are some options available for you. And, if you’re willing to go closer to $700, you can land the TECH I, which, in my opinion, offers the best price-to-performance and feature-set-for-the-price of any 3D printer currently on the market.
In any case, here are our 3D printer reviews for the $500-$750 price range…
3D Printer Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)It’s actually pretty surprising what some of the best 3D printers under $500 have to offer. In this price range there are two different kinds of 3D printers…
There are the budget-friendly ready-to-print printers like the FlashForge Finder and the da Vinci 1.0, and there are the kits that need to be assembled, like the Prusa i3s and the Rostock printer. (The Printrbot comes assembled or in kit form.)
The biggest benefit of getting a DIY 3D printer kit is the fact that the building process is invaluable in learning more about how 3D printers work. It’s not absolutely necessary to build your first personal 3D printer, but it definitely does shed some light on the technology and gives you a better idea on the inner-workings of your machine.
On the other hand, the DIY kits can be, at times, challenging. A lot of the kits come from overseas and as such the assembly instructions aren’t always the greatest. And, once you do have the printer assembled it can take some time tweaking it in order to get it printing correctly.
So, if you’re someone who gets frustrated easily, you may want to look at something that is pre-assembled. (And, you’ll perhaps want to consider spending more to get something a little more reliable.)
3D Printer Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)Hey, who said you can’t land yourself an entry-level 3D printer for under $300? Well, the truth is that you can…
And, while you shouldn’t expect to get a real workhorse with a huge print volume and high print accuracy, if you are just looking to get your feet wet, and you want to see how the technology works without spending thousands of dollars… then why not star off with a really affordable option?
Of the three that are listed below, the da Vinci 1.0 and the Alunar Prusa i3 kit are your best options. But, again, neither should be considered if you’re looking for a high-end option.
With that being said, here are the three options I would recommend considering if you are looking for the best 3D printer under $300:
3D Printer Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)
Contribute to This List of the Best Affordable 3D Printers
I have been extremely lucky to conduct quite a few 3D printer reviews. However, the unfortunate side of the 3D printing market is A) the sheer volume of 3D printers that are out there, and B) how expensive 3D printers are in general.
As such, there is no way that I can possibly review every 3D printer on the market. That is why it’s essential that if you are reading this post and you see a printer that you have had experiences with not listed here, that you let me know. That way I can provide a better overall look at the market for 3D printers under $1,000 and anyone who reads this post will have a better idea of what printer is best for their needs.
So, if you have any recommendations, please post them below in the comment section! And, if you have any questions, feel free to post them as well.