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#1

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Dremel 3D20

11 Reviews

$679.00

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May 2015
#2

89

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Flashforge Finder

126 Reviews

$503.06

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Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
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Jul 2018
#3

88

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Flashforge Dreamer

26 Reviews

$699.00

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Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
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Apr 2017
#4

86

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XYZ Printing da Vinci Jr. 1.0

$349.00

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Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
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Jan 2017
#5

82

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Flashforge Creator Pro

37 Reviews

$640.00

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Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
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Apr 2017
#6

81

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Flashforge Inventor II

$659.00

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Jul 2018
#7

79

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MakerBot Replicator+

56 Reviews
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$2,397.76

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Fused Deposition Modeling
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Sep 2016
#8

73

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Up! Plus 2 3D Printer

$799.00

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(Unknown)
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Sep 2015
#9

62

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Monoprice Fully Enclosed 150

$449.99

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Fused Deposition Modeling
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Jun 2018
#10

61

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Tiertime UP mini 2

$799.00

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Fused Deposition Modeling
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Sep 2016
#11

60

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Tiertime UP300

$2,199.00

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Fused Deposition Modeling
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Mar 2017

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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 73%. Compare all award winning 3D printers.

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XYZ Printing 3D Printers 30 $349 - $349
73%
210 reviews

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MakerBot
Replicator+
$2,397.76
Better Kagoo
Score
Six more awards
1 Expert Review
Site Gave It a
Higher Review
Score
VS
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Flashforge
Finder
$506.32
$1,891 cheaper
Newer by 22
months
Vastly better
user reviews
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MakerBot
Replicator+
$2,397.76
Three more
awards
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Tiertime
UP300
$2,199.00
$199 cheaper
Newer by six
months
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MakerBot
Replicator+
$2,397.76
Six more awards
VS
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Flashforge
Dreamer
$699.00
$1,699 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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MakerBot
Replicator+
$2,397.76
Three more
awards
Overall reviews
are better
Expert reviews
are appreciably
better
VS
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Flashforge
Creator Pro
$729.67
$1,668 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
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MakerBot
Replicator+
$2,397.76
Better Kagoo
Score
Six more awards
Better overall
reviews
VS
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Flashforge
Creator Pro
$729.67
$1,668 cheaper
Considerably
better user
reviews
Newer by seven
months
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MakerBot
Replicator+
$2,397.76
Better Kagoo
Score
Six more awards
VS
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Flashforge
Dreamer
$699.00
$1,699 cheaper
Considerably
better user
reviews
Considerably
better overall
reviews
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Flashforge
Dreamer
$699.00
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Monoprice
Fully Enclosed 150
$449.99
$249 cheaper
Newer by 15
months
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XYZ Printing
da Vinci Jr. 1.0
$349.00
$381 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Flashforge
Creator Pro
$729.67
Better brand
Three months
newer
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Flashforge
Creator Pro
$729.67
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Monoprice
Fully Enclosed 150
$449.99
$280 cheaper
15 months newer
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Dremel
3D20
$679.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Moderately
better user
reviews
Better expert
reviews
VS
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Flashforge
Finder
$506.32
$173 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by three
years
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Dremel
3D20
$679.00
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Flashforge
Inventor II
$659.00
Newer by three
years
Better brand
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XYZ Printing
da Vinci Jr. 1.0
$349.00
$2,049 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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MakerBot
Replicator+
$2,397.76
Three more
awards
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Dremel
3D20
$679.00
$51 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
User reviews
are moderately
better
VS
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Flashforge
Creator Pro
$729.67
Better brand
23 months newer
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XYZ Printing
da Vinci Jr. 1.0
$349.00
$310 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Flashforge
Inventor II
$659.00
Better brand
17 months newer
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Dremel
3D20
$679.00
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Monoprice
Fully Enclosed 150
$449.99
$229 cheaper
Newer by three
years
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MakerBot
Replicator+
$2,397.76
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
VS
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Monoprice
Fully Enclosed 150
$449.99
$1,948 cheaper
Newer by 22
months
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Dremel
3D20
$679.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better user
reviews
VS
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Flashforge
Dreamer
$699.00
Newer by 23
months
Better brand
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Up!
Plus 2 3D Printer
$799.00
$1,400 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Tiertime
UP300
$2,199.00
18 months newer
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Up!
Plus 2 3D Printer
$799.00
$1,400 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
VS
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Tiertime
UP300
$2,199.00
Newer by 18
months
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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

3D printers range in price from $349 to $2,420 and in total we found prices for 12 3D printers. The average price of a new 3D printer is $1,025 and the 80% of 3D printers are priced between $450 and $2,199. The most expensive 3D printer that we found is the MakerBot Replicator+ at $2,420, and the cheapest is the XYZ Printing da Vinci Jr. 1.0 at only $349.

3D Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of MakerBot 3D printers is $2,420 which is the highest average price of all 3D printer brands. MakerBot 3D printers start at $2,420 and their most expensive 3D printer costs $2,420.

The average price of LulzBot 3D printers is $2,042 which is the second highest average price of all 3D printer brands. LulzBot 3D printers range in price from $2,042 to $2,042.

The average price of Tiertime 3D printers is $1,499 which is the third highest average price of all 3D printer brands. Tiertime 3D printers range in price from $799 to $2,199.

3D Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 190 expert reviews and 374 user reviews for 3D printers and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of 3D printer.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

We found 12 current offers for 3D printers from Walmart making it the biggest 3D printer retailer. That is over 12 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 1 current offers for 3D printers. The third biggest retailer is Target with 1 current 3D printer offers.

How Fast Do 3D Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, 3D printers drop in price by 36% on average.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $344 on a typical $959 new 3D printer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Accuracy

Accuracy on a 3D printer refers to the difference in dimensions between the original and the final model.

Across the range of 3D printers, the accuracy range from 0.0125mm to 0.25mm. The accuracy of most 3D printers range from 0.18mm to 0.2mm. The Monoprice Fully Enclosed 150, which is priced at $449.99, has the biggest accuracy and is a 0.1mm accuracy 3D printer. The Monoprice Fully Enclosed 150, which sells for $449.99, has the smallest accuracy and is a 0.1mm accuracy 3D printer.

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

A 3D printer's print resolution refers to highest number of dots per inch that the printer is capable of producing.

Across the range of 3D printers, the print resolutions range from 0.025 DPI to 50 DPI. The print resolutions of most 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

Print technology refers to the system used by the printer to create the 3D object.

Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is the most common print technology amongst new 3D printers. We found 58 3D printers that are fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printers. We found 6 3D printers that are stereolithography (SL) 3D printers, making stereolithography (SL) the second most common print technology amongst new 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 Walmart. 12 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. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Walmart. 100% of their 3D printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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