In this extensive guide, we’ll rank and provide overviews for the best 3D printers for sale in 2016. The guide separates printers by price point and feature set to help you find the best personal 3D printer for your needs.
In this article, I’m going to take a look at some of the best 3D printers for sale. The printers chosen for this list are selected based off of consumer reviews, expert reviews, my personal reviews, and feedback from the 3D Forged community. Also, this section will be updated on a regular basis in order to keep up with new releases and advancements in 3D printing technology.
Ultimately, I put this list together to help first-timers and veterans find a 3D printer that will meet their own specific needs. And, by keeping this list updated and taking feedback from the community, this will be a great resource for anyone looking to get a new 3D printer.
If you’re working with a tight budget, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t 3D printers out there that will work for you. In fact, I recommend that before anyone plunges into the world of 3D printing, they first start with an entry-level 3D printer. I recommend this for two reasons…
First, a lot of the best 3D printers under $500 on the market come as DIY kits. In my opinion, if you want to jump into 3D printing it’s a really good idea to assemble one of these kits and get a basic idea of how they are built and how they work.
Second, even the best 3D printers for home use can be stubborn and therefore, it’s a good idea to test out the technology on a more affordable 3D printer before determining whether or not it’s something you want to continue to pursue.
The 3D printers listed below will give you a solid entry-point learning experience and they will allow you to get your feet wet.
3D Printer Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)Oddly enough, the $500-$750 price range for 3D printers is perhaps the most disappointing. On the one hand, the sub-$500 class boasts quite a few budget-friendly options, including some Prusa i3 kits that offer heated print beds and sizable build volumes.
And, the five 3D printers listed in the $750-$1,000 sit somewhere between mid-range printers and high-end printers as they all bring a lot to the table.
However, the $500-$750 price range doesn’t really bring anything exciting to the table except for maybe the FlashForge Finder. And, I would even go so far as to say that if I were asked which 3D printer a hands-on maker should choose between the Finder and the lower-priced HICTOP Desktop, I would probably recommend the HICTOP assuming the prospective buyer was comfortable with the tinkering involved with working with a Prusa i3 kit.
So, if you want to pass this price range, I wouldn’t blame you. While the 3D printers here are decent, you can get a similar experience for less with some of the sub-$500 printers, or a significantly better experience with any of the $750-$1,000 printers.
What follows is a handful of 3D printer reviews for the machines for sale in this price range…
3D Printer Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)As 3D printing technology rapidly advances, consumers are rewarded with better-performing 3D printers at lower costs. The $750-$1,000 range of printers is comprised of five really exceptional options for the price.
In fact, these printers could be considered as the lower tier of “high-end” 3D printers as they bring a high-quality experience to the table… and they do so without costing a ton of money.
The leader of this price range, in my opinion, is the QIDI Tech I. At just under $800 it is easily one of the best 3D printers for sale at any price range.
Overall, though, there are plenty of options in this price range and each printer brings something to the table, whether that be an affordable price tag, or the features that are found on some of the more high-end 3D printers.
Let’s take a look at some of my 3D printer reviews of the options you have in this price range…
3D Printer Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)Do you want the best 3D printer on the market? Well, the good news is that, in my opinion, you don’t have to spend over $2,000 to get it. That’s because of the 3D printer reviews I’ve done, two of my top three favorite machines are in this price range.
They are, of course, the MakerGear M2, and the Zortrax M200. Yes, it’s true that they sit at the upper end of this price range, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good 3D printer in this price range under $1,500.
In fact, in terms of price-to-performance, the FlashForge Creator Pro, UP! Plus 2, and LulzBot Mini are all considered to be phenomenal printers. In the end, this price range is full of exceptional printers that aren’t overpriced.
3D Printer Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)The $2,000-and-above price range for 3D printers is interesting because this price range is where you will find a combination of great FDM printers as well as some printers that may not be as polished, but are on the cutting edge of innovation.
For instance, you have the feature-rich Taz 5, which is one of the best FDM printers on the market, and then you have the Formlabs Form 1+, which uses a different technology (SLA) that is capable of producing production-quality prints. However, the Formlabs running cost is insanely high and the post-print cleanup process can be a real pain.
So, ultimately, if you’re looking in this price range, you will need to determine whether you want a more polished printer, or you want a printer that isn’t as polished, but is sitting on the cutting edge of 3D printing technology.
Here are the 3D printer reviews for this tier of machines…
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Contribute to This List of the Best 3D Printers
If you have experience with a particular machine and you want to contribute a 3D printer review to this list, please help me out and go to the comment section and post which printer you have and why it’s one of the best 3D printers on the market. With 3D printing being such an expensive hobby and there being so many different printers out there, it’s tough to get a chance to review all of the different options.
So, by helping me out and telling me about your experience with your 3D printer, this list can be made even better and more extensive for those who are looking to get into 3D printing.