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Compare the 10 Best 3D PrintersDecember 2017(Last Updated 12 December 2017)

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The best 3D printers on the market, to allow you to print your own 3D models and sculptures
Compare top brands including XYZ Printing, XYZprinting and 3D Systems
Every week we rank the best 3D printers based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 96 3D Printer Models 713 3D Printer Reviews 224 3D Printer Prices
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Dreamer

Flashforge Dreamer

20 Reviews
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$899.00

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Walmart
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$78
Over 5 years
Apr 2017
A positively reviewed and fully featured Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with a reasonable price and low running costs
#2

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15365

Monoprice 15365

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$240.54

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$27
Over 5 years
Apr 2017
An excellent value for money and very economical to run 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with very good features
#3

61

Creator Pro

Flashforge Creator Pro

21 Reviews
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$799.00

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$78
Over 5 years
Apr 2017
A good spec and top-rated Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with OK running costs but representing poor value for money
#4

46

Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

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$899.00

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Sep 2015
A good spec but not very good value for money Stereolithography (SL) 3D printer
#12

63

Replicator+

MakerBot Replicator+

35 Reviews + 6 Awards
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$1,942.49

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$22
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
A very economical to run and multi award winning Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with good features

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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 Prices

The price range of 3D printers is from $240 to $899 and in total we found prices for 5 3D printers. On average, a new 3D printer costs $647 and 80% of 3D printers are priced between $399 and $899. The cheapest 3D printer that we found is the Monoprice 15365 at only $241, and the most expensive is the Flashforge Dreamer at $899.

3D Printer Brands - Price Range

The highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is XYZprinting 3D printers with an average price of $899. XYZprinting 3D printers range in price from $899 to $899.

The average price of Flashforge 3D printers is $849 which is the second highest average price of all 3D printer brands. Flashforge 3D printers range in price from $799 to $899.

XYZ Printing 3D printers start at $399 and the most expensive XYZ Printing 3D printer costs $399. The third highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is XYZ Printing 3D printers with an average price of $399.

3D Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 98 expert reviews and 226 user reviews for 3D printers written online and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of 3D printer. The top three 3D printer brands are Flashforge, Formlabs and Ultimaker. Flashforge has an average rating of 84%, Formlabs has an average rating of 83% and Ultimaker has an average rating of 80%.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

We found 7 current offers for 3D printers from Walmart making it the biggest 3D printer retailer. That is the same as the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 7 current offers for 3D printers. The third biggest retailer is Tech For Less with 1 current 3D printer offers.

When Are Most New 3D Printers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent trend in the release month for new 3D printers. In June 2016 eight new 3D printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new 3D printer releases. In 2015 most new 3D printers were released in September, with 15 new 3D printers released that month. September was also the biggest month in 2014 for new 3D printers, with seven new 3D printers released that month.

How Fast Do 3D Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, 3D printers drop in price by 3%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $17 on a typical $647 new 3D printer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Accuracy

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

Comparing all 3D printers, the accuracy range from 0.0125mm to 0.25mm. The accuracy of most 3D printers range from 0.013mm to 0.036mm.

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 most 3D printers range from 0.025 DPI to 79,000 DPI. The 3D printer with the biggest print resolution is the XYZ Printingda Vinci Jr. 1.0 3in1, which is a 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer and is available at $399.00. The 3D printer with the smallest print resolution is the XYZ Printingda Vinci Jr. 1.0 3in1, which is a 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer and is on sale for $240.54.

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

Maximum Build Sizes (WxDxH)

This 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 common print technology is Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). We found 26 3D printers that are Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printers. The second most frequently found print technology amongst new 3D printers is Stereolithography (SL). We found 9 3D printers that are Stereolithography (SL) 3D printers.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

The biggest 3D printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Walmart. We found 7 current 3D printer offers from Walmart. The second biggest 3D printer retailer is Adorama with 7 offers. That means Walmart is the same as Adorama when it comes to 3D printers. Tech For Less is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for 3D Printers?

The cheapest store by number of 3D printer for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 6 3D printers.

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

Walmart most frequently has the cheapest 3D printer prices (found to be cheapest for 85.7% of its 3D printers).