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Kagoo Score - Our unique 3D printers rating considers: 480 US prices • 1,000 expert & user reviews • 110 product comparisons • 19 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

MakerBot Replicator+

92 Reviews
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$1,717.49

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2016
#2

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Flashforge Finder

92 Reviews
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$471.56

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Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Apr 2017
A critically acclaimed and good spec Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer
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Flashforge Dreamer

54 Reviews
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$1,054.98

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Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Apr 2017
A top-rated and good spec Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer
#4

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Monoprice 15365

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$219.99

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Apr 2017
A good spec and fairly new 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer
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XYZ Printing da Vinci Jr. 1.0

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$349.00

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Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Jan 2017
A relatively new and good spec Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer
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XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3‑in‑1

2 Reviews
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$699.95

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Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Sep 2015
A good spec but 3 year old Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer
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XYZ Printing da Vinci Color

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$3,499.95

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Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Oct 2017
A good spec and fairly new Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer

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Flashforge Creator Pro

56 Reviews
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$899.00

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Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Apr 2017
A good spec and positively reviewed Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer

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XYZ Printing da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix

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$449.95

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A relatively new and good spec Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer

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What Are The Best 3D Printer Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every 3D printer and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated 3D printer brand is XYZ Printing with an average rating of 72%. Compare all award winning 3D printers.

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313 reviews

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Replicator+
$1,717.49
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Finder
$471.56
$1,246 cheaper
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$1,717.49
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Creator Pro
$899.00
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat does accuracy mean on a 3D printer?
AAccuracy determines how close the final finished product looks compared to the original plans. The higher the accuracy, the better the final product will be.
QWhy is layer thickness important for a 3D printer?
ALayer thickness determines how thin each layer that makes up the 3D printer item is. The thinner each layer, the higher the detail level of the overall product.

Buying a 3D Printer

3D printing is a new but rapidly growing field of printing and creating. Also known as ‘additive manufacturing’, 3D printers are very different from all other printers. Below we will give you an introduction to what 3D printers are, how they work and what attributes to consider when choosing a model.

3D printing, as the name suggests, involves taking a blueprint of an object and creating a fully-realised 3D model as a physical object. The object is not so much ‘printed’ as ‘constructed’ - the printer breaks the blueprint down into hundreds of small layers, then nozzles pump a special plastic material into the shape required for the layer. It then moves up the tiniest fraction, and repeats for the next layer, and so on. Using this method the model is constructed from the base up, and at the end you have a fully 3D version of the blueprint!

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Because 3D printing is such a versatile technology, the scope of what you can print is astounding. People have successfully 3D printed everything from extremely-intricate toys and clothes to replacement parts for machines. Someone has even managed to print a fully-functional camera! Many of the blueprints used to create such things are freely available online, meaning that anyone with access to a 3D printer can download and fabricate the item!

Because the process is far cheaper and faster than creating many of the objects normally, 3D printing is increasingly being used for the creation of artificial limbs., especially for children. This is because they grow so quickly that they outgrow the size of their limbs, so cheaper, fast-produced replacements will utterly change the game.

3D printing is not just limited to medical or mechanical objects - there is a growing field dedicated to 3D printing food! While still in it’s infancy, people have already successfully used fine sugar syrups or protein pastes to create a wide array of foods, from sweets to savoury snacks.

In short, it’s an astoundingly exciting field, with a lot of potential. The tech has a long way to go still, but consumer models of machines are already available on the market for early adopters.

Pricing

Because 3D printing is such cutting-edge technology, models for early adopters come with a hefty price tag attached. Some small, lower end models can be got for around £200-400, but most come in between £750-1000. As with all very new tech, it’s expected that as more and more consumer models appear on the market, the prices will start to drop in the years to come. However right now, the price will form a substantial barrier to entry.

As of late 2017, growing interest in 3D printing has sparked a greater number of commercial printers available, and the first £100-200 models are starting to appear.

Size

Once you’ve decided to buy a machine, the next consideration is the size. Because there has to be enough space in the machine to fit the finished object, what you can create will be limited by the size of the machine. Small printers may only be able to fabricate objects a few centimetres across, while larger, more expensive machines allow for correspondingly bigger creations.

Also, it’s worth noting that even the smallest 3D printers have quite a large footprint, so will take up a substantial amount of space wherever you set them up.

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Speed

The current generation of 3D printers are not particularly fast, but this tech is evolving and getting faster all the time. That said, there is a substantial difference in speed even between current brands of printer. Look for a model with more than one nozzle for faster printing speeds.

Accuracy

Finally, 3D printers don’t yet always create a perfect 1-to-1 replica of the blueprint. This can be due to many factors, such as sub-standard quality of nozzles - nozzles that are too big don’t allow for very fine precision work, meaning it will create more of a vaguely thing-shaped lump than a delicate construction. The 3D printers on our site have an ‘accuracy’ rating - look for one with very high accuracy for the highest fidelity between the original blueprint and your finished product.

3D Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

3D Printer Brands - Price Range

MakerBot 3D printers start at $1,717 and their most expensive 3D printer costs $1,717. The highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is MakerBot 3D printers with an average price of $1,717.

3D Systems 3D printers start at $0 and their most expensive 3D printer costs $0. The average price of 3D Systems 3D printers is $0 which is the second highest average price of all 3D printer brands.

The third highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is Flashforge 3D printers with an average price of $0. Flashforge 3D printers start at $0 and their most expensive 3D printer costs $0.

3D Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 146 expert reviews and 451 user reviews for 3D printers written online and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of 3D printer.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

We found 1 current offers for 3D printers from Overstock making it the biggest 3D printer retailer. That is the same as the second biggest retailer, Tech For Less for whom we found 1 current offers for 3D printers.

When Are Most New 3D Printers Released?

The most common period for new 3D printers to be released in is between April and June. That means that most of the latest 3D printer technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. 12 new 3D printers were released in April 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new 3D printer releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new 3D printer releases was June, with seven new 3D printers released that month. In September 2015 13 new 3D printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new 3D printer releases.

How Fast Do 3D Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, 3D printers drop in price by 1% on average. On a typical new 3D printer costing $1,717, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $17.

Accuracy

This indicates the accuracy that the 3D printer can achieve in the final model, compared to the original.

Across the range of 3D printers, the accuracy range from 0.0125mm to 0.25mm. The accuracy of the majority of 3D printers range from 0.01mm to 0.04mm.

A greater accuracy means that the 3D printer will be able to create replicas significantly closer to the original, making for a far higher-quality product.

Print Resolutions

This indicates the highest support print resolution for the 3D printer.

Comparing all 3D printers, the print resolutions range from 0.025 DPI to 50 DPI. The print resolutions of the majority of 3D printers range from 0 DPI to 5 DPI.

The higher the supported print resolution for the device, the more detailed the final model will be!

Maximum Build Sizes (WxDxH)

The maximum build size indicates the largest possible size for an object that the 3D printer can generate.

A larger build size means that the 3D printer can print bigger and better models!

Print Technologies

Amongst new 3D printers, the most frequently found print technology is Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). We found 36 3D printers that are Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printers. 3D is the second most frequently found print technology amongst new 3D printers. We found 7 3D printers that are 3D 3D printers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for 3D Printers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying 3D printers. For each retailer it shows the total number of 3D printers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying 3D printers. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Overstock. 1 of their 3D printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of 3D Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for 3D printers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of 3D printer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's 3D printer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers.

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