How Much Does a 3D Printer Cost?
Looking to get into printing but you're worried about the cost? Wondering how much do 3D printers cost? Whatever your budget or proficiency, there’s a 3D printer that fits. Before you buy, research printer reviews from trustworthy sources, learn your favorite models’ capabilities and limitations, and don’t hesitate to ask to try before you buy. Brick-and-mortar stores almost always allow you a test run, and online shops will send you a print sample free of charge. So don't let the cost for a 3D printer discourage you from getting started!
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Entry Level Printers: $300 and under
The Creality Ender-3 is an extremely popular, lost cost, large build volume 3D printer. It is easy to put together, has a heated bed and is able to print a variety of materials giving you excellent flexibility.
$209.00 - $569.00
The Anycubic Kobra is great for introducing people to the 3D printing world. The build plate is smaller, but offers one button leveling, a magnetic build plate for easy removal, and print speeds up to 100mm/s.
The Anet A8 has the most features per cost compared to other printers on the list. It is highly accurate at moderate print speeds and is a highly reviewed printer. This means that you will undoubtedly find an abundance of information on it.
Low Range $300-$800
The Finder comes fully assembled, but you must level the non-heated build plate using thumb screws before use. Smaller print bed and is designed for children.
Tiertimes’ Up Mini 2 ($599) sits at the top of the entry-level players. The Mini 2 offers a sleek chassis, heated build platform, and integrated HEPA filter to minimize the plastic smell during printing. You can use both PLA and ABS 3D printer filaments with the Mini 2.
Middle Range $800-$2000
This is Prusa’s classic printer that they are well known for. Although its build volume is relatively small compared to others, it features an abundance of other upgrades such as optical filament sensory, magnetic PEI print bed, and power panic that make it stand out from the crowd.
A simple, straightforward build, reliability, and open-source hardware and software make the LulzBot Mini 2 a favorite of beginner- and hobbyist-level rapid prototypers. In addition to support for PLA, ABS and HIPS 3D printer filaments, the Bundled Cure software includes build profiles for printing with T-glase, polycarbonate and filaments that resemble bronze, wood and copper.
High Range $2000 and Over
LulzBot TAZ Workhorse is a ready-to-print powerhouse that builds on the unmatched reliability and print quality of its predecessors while offering more material options than ever before. Great for people who own a mini and want to step- up to the next level.
This model is designed more for research and design. It can print a wide range of materials and is ideal for more technical materials that require additional dialing in of printer settings.
The Pro3 is a professional dual extruder 3D printer with user-friendly features for a better 3D printing experience and a larger build volume, making it an excellent option for production and multi-sized rapid prototyping.
For the Experts
Voron is a community that builds their own printers. This is a great option but requires a more experienced user who wants a unique project to work on. They offer sets for all parts and files need on their website.