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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every 3D printer on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 93 3D printers, 497 reviews and 184 prices. Last updated 17 October 2017.

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#1 Flashforge Finder

Finder
The best rated 3D printer under $500, with very good features and very low running costs
95
Reviews
14 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Running Costs
$34 / 5 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Apr 2017
Release Date
$499.00
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$259.00

#2 XYZprinting da Vinci Mini

da Vinci Mini
PC Mag - Editor's Choicetomsguide.com - Editor's Choice
A top-value and astonishingly economical to run Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with very good features and two industry awards
92
Reviews
2 Awards
95
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
95
Running Costs
$17 / 5 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Sep 2016
Release Date
$259.00
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$239.99

#3 Monoprice 15365

15365
A very economical to run and bargain price 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with good features and a recent release date
85
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
80
Running Costs
$27 / 5 Years
71
Overall Score
Very Good
Apr 2017
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$239.99
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$549.95

#4 XYZ Printing da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3in1

da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3in1
A good value for money and good spec 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer
71
Value for Money
Very Good
65
Features
Good Features
60
Overall Score
Good
Apr 2016
Release Date
$549.95
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$1,041.27

#5 Flashforge Dreamer

Dreamer
A highly rated and good spec Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with average running costs but representing poor value for money
89
Reviews
12 Reviews
38
Value for Money
Mediocre
64
Features
Good Features
43
Running Costs
$78 / 5 Years
57
Overall Score
Average
Apr 2017
Release Date
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$825.05
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#6 Flashforge Creator Pro

Creator Pro
A good spec and fairly highly rated Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with average running costs but representing poor value for money
77
Reviews
19 Reviews
46
Value for Money
Mediocre
63
Features
Good Features
38
Running Costs
$78 / 5 Years
55
Overall Score
Average
Apr 2017
Release Date
$825.05
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$667.92

#7 XYZprinting da Vinci 1.1 Plus

da Vinci 1.1 Plus
A good spec but only moderate value for money Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer
56
Value for Money
Average
63
Features
Good Features
53
Overall Score
Average
Apr 2015
Release Date
$667.92
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$2,499.00

#8 MakerBot Replicator+

Replicator+
Digitaltrends.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicetomsguide.com - Editor's ChoiceLydogbilde.no - Best in Test
A multi award winning and economical to run Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with good features but representing inferior value for money
80
Reviews
6 Awards
27
Value for Money
Mediocre
62
Features
Good Features
78
Running Costs
$22 / 5 Years
53
Overall Score
Average
Sep 2016
Release Date
$2,499.00
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$1,228.04

#9 XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

Nobel 1.0 3D Printer
An average spec and not very good value for money Stereolithography (SL) 3D printer
22
Value for Money
Mediocre
58
Features
Average Features
40
Overall Score
Mediocre
Sep 2015
Release Date
$1,228.04
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$1,378.92

#10 Dremel 3D40‑01

3D40-01
Aug 2016
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$1,378.92
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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!

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 £300-400, 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.

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.

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

We currently list 10 3D printers ranging from $239 to $2,499. A new 3D printer costs on average $919 and 80% of 3D printers are priced between $259 and $1,379. The most expensive 3D printer that we found is the MakerBot Replicator+ at $2,499, and the cheapest is the Monoprice 15365 at only $240.

3D Printer Brands - Price Range

MakerBot 3D printers range in price from $2,499 to $2,499, and the highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is MakerBot 3D printers with an average price of $2,499.

The %8highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is Dremel 3D printers with an average price of $1,379. Dremel 3D printers start at $1,379 and the most expensive Dremel 3D printer costs $1,379.

The %8highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is Flashforge 3D printers with an average price of $788. Flashforge 3D printers start at $499 and the most expensive Flashforge 3D printer costs $1,041.

3D Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 88 expert reviews and 106 user reviews for 3D printers and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of 3D printer. Flashforge is the top rated 3D printer brand with an average rating of 84%. Formlabs is the second best brand with 83% and Dremel is the third best brand with 82%.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

The biggest 3D printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Walmart. We found 8 current 3D printer offers from Walmart. The second biggest 3D printer retailer is Adorama with 2 offers. That means Walmart is over 4 times bigger than Adorama when it comes to 3D printers.

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. Last year most new 3D printers were released in June, with eight new 3D printers released that month. In September 2015 15 new 3D printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new 3D printer releases. Also the biggest month in 2014 for new 3D printer releases was September, with seven new 3D printers released that month.

How Fast Do 3D Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average 3D printers drop in price by 3% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of $25 on a typical $919 new 3D printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

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 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.

Across the range of 3D printers, the print resolutions range from 0.025 DPI to 50 DPI. The print resolutions of the majority of 3D printers range from 0.025 DPI to 79,000 DPI. The XYZ Printingda Vinci Jr. 1.0 3in1 has the biggest print resolution. This 3D printer is a 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer and can be purchased for $549.95. The XYZ Printingda Vinci Jr. 1.0 3in1 has the smallest print resolution. This 3D printer is a 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer and currently retails for $239.99.

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

We found 30 3D printers that are Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printers, which makes Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) the most popular print technology amongst new 3D printers. We found 9 3D printers that are Stereolithography (SL) 3D printers, making Stereolithography (SL) the second most common print technology amongst new 3D printers.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

We found 8 current offers for 3D printers from Walmart making it the biggest 3D printer retailer. That is over 4 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 2 current offers for 3D printers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for 3D Printers?

Walmart most frequently has the cheapest 3D printer prices (found to be cheapest for 8 3D printers).

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

With the cheapest price on 100% of its 3D printers, Walmart is most frequently the cheapest 3D printer store.

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