There are different types of 3D printers on the market. As such, it is impossible to cover them to find out which is the best 3D printer for the money. Still, given that most of our readers are DIY hobbyists, educational institutions, and small businesses, we decided to focus on desktop 3D printers, which work with either FDM or SLA technologies.
Of course, even in the desktop segment, printers are very different in terms of price, purpose, and capabilities. Therefore, we will divide this review into several categories to try to create the most complete picture.
Let’s get started.
Best 3D printer for the Money
Best 3D Printer – Overall
1. Original Prusa i3 MK3S
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The Original Prusa i3 MK3 deliver exceptional print quality out of the box. The printer has an advanced print calibration and monitoring system, and a large user community, ability to print with a variety of materials, obtain technical support and documentation.
This is also one of the best 3D printers under $1000 category and the best build kit printers.
What you should know: The price of the Original Prusa i3 MK3 is definately high for an entry-level printer. Moreover, despite the high rating of this model, it has a key drawback; an open print chamber. As a result, the printer cannot print high-temperature plastics, such as nylon, polycarbonate, carbon and others. Also, printing large ABS models will be difficult.
A good alternative to the Original Prusa i3 MK3 is the Anycubic Mega-S. The printer is affordable, produces excellent prints, has high quality components and very few low level factory defects.
Watch the video review of the printer below.
|Original Prusa i3 MK3S||Anycubic Mega-S|
|Material type||ABS, Nylon, PETG, PLA||ABS, PLA, Flex, PETG, etc.|
|Print area size||250х210х210 mm||210x210x205 mm|
|Number of extruders||one||one|
|Layer thickness||from 50 microns||from 50 microns|
|Print speed||up to 200 mm / sec||20-100 mm / sec|
|XY Positioning Accuracy||0.01mm||0.0125 mm|
|Z positioning accuracy||0.0025 mm||0.002 mm|
|Connection interface||USB, SD card||SD card, data cable|
|The cost||RUB 82,500 (set)||RUB 25,900|
Also, 4 more models got into the choice of the ALL3DP
Phrozen sonic mini
Reasons: reliable, easy to use and fast. With this model, Phrozen managed to achieve a very surprising result, mixing ease of use with an insanely low price, they made a printer that looks great and prints much faster than its competitors without sacrificing the quality of the printed models.
Expert commentary: Our company represents Phrozen products in Russia, and I completely agree with the opinion of the authors, despite its tiny size and price of 32,900 rubles, this printer can become a complete tool for solving numerous problems, including use in dentistry. Only this model of all budget resin 3D printers supplied today has a print speed of less than 2 seconds per layer due to the use of a monochrome LCD matrix and the proprietary ParaLed 2.0 backlight system.
|Phrozen sonic mini|
|Material type||Photopolymers 405 nm|
|Print area size||120x68x130 mm|
|Light source||ParaLED 2.0 Lite|
|Layer thickness||10-100 microns|
|Print speed||up to 50 mm / h|
|XY Positioning Accuracy||62 microns|
|Z positioning accuracy||10 microns|
|The cost||RUB 32,900|
Reasons: large print area, modular design, user-friendly interface. Size matters, and this model has a maximum build height of 40 cm and makes it possible to print objects that can be 14 times larger than, for example, in Elegoo Mars. This allows large objects to be printed without the need to separate them into parts, an acceptable price and ease of use are also important factors. This model takes desktop resin printing to the next level
Expert commentary: Peopoly is an American manufacturer of 3D printers that is not represented in Russia, and therefore I cannot assess the fairness of the above, but it is important to note that there is indeed a demand for large size desktop resin printers and our company offers the Phrozen Transform printer in this segment. Standard , which also has a large 290x160x400mm print chamber. and LCD display with 4K resolution. With a price tag of 198,000 rubles, it is the absolute leader in this segment in Russia.
|PEOPOLY PHENOM||Phrozen Transform Standard|
|Print area size||276 x 155 x 400 mm||290 x 160 x 400 mm|
|XY Positioning Accuracy||72 microns||76 microns|
|Layer thickness||20 microns||10-100 microns|
|LCD resolution||12.5 “4K||13.3 “4K|
|The cost||–||RUB 198,000|
Creality CR-10S Pro V2
Reasons: Elegant and thoughtful design, superior print quality and large build area. Despite its awkward and awkward name, the CR-10S Pro V2 is actually very well designed, it boasts good wire routing, the control box sits under the print bed to add stability to printing and reduce the size of the printer on the desktop, it’s easy build and run. Most importantly, the print quality is very good. We praised this machine for its affordable price, high build volume, and good user experience. This printer also came in second in the under $ 1000 printer category.
Expert commentary: Creality is the world’s largest manufacturer of 3D printers in pieces, and the CR-10 model is one of their bestsellers in Western markets, but it is not widely used in Russia. The price of these printers in Russia is about 55,000 rubles, which does not make this model particularly budgetary. Our company did not supply this 3D printer and therefore I have no personal impression of it. In terms of sales in this segment in Russia, Wanhao leads with its Duplicator 9 model , which comes in three sizes.
|CREALITY CR-10S PRO V2||Wanhao D9 / 300|
|Material type||ABS, PLA, Flex||PLA, PETG, FLEX|
|Print area size||300 x 300 x 400 mm||300 x 300 x 400 mm|
|Number of extruders||
|Layer thickness||100-400 microns||100-400 microns|
|Extruder temperature||≤260 ℃||180-250 ℃|
|Print speed||≤180mm / s||70 mm / sec|
|Connection interface||micro SD, USB||SD, USB|
|The cost||RUB 55,000||RUB 42,900|
Original prusa mini
Reasons: Removable all metal print bed, quality hardware and software, excellent print results. Yes, the work area is small, but it will fit 90% of the models. Yes, it’s more expensive than the competition, but it’s Prusa quality and you’ll love it. The machine is small, but with a rigid construction and excellent print quality, there is no doubt that it will not disappoint you.
Expert commentary: A strange choice, to include in the list of the best one more, in my opinion, unremarkable model Prusa. In this segment in Russia, Wanhao is represented with two models – Wanhao i3 Mini and Wanhao D10 , which may be slightly inferior to Prusa in reliability, but with prices of 15500 and 18500 rubles. accordingly, they give an opportunity to try 3D printing for buyers with minimal financial capabilities.
|ORIGINAL PRUSA MINI||Wanhao i3 Mini||Wanhao D10|
|Material type||PLA, PETG, ASA, ABS||PLA||PLA|
|Print area size||180 × 180 × 180 mm||120 × 135 × 100 mm||116 x 116 x 125 mm|
|Number of extruders||one||one||one|
|Layer thickness||0.05-0.35 mm||0.1-0.4 mm||0.05-0.3 mm|
|Extruder temperature||280 ° C||170-260 ° C|
|Print speed||200 mm / s||10-70 mm / sec||80 mm / sec|
|Connection interface||USB / LAN, Wi-Fi when upgrading||SD, USB||SD, USB|
|The cost||RUB 44,900||RUB 15500||RUB 18,500|
Now I propose to return to the rating compiled by 3DSourced, another portal about 3D printing, the compilers of which went a little different way and divided the printers by price category. All prices are based on prices in the United States, therefore, in Russia they may differ upward, depending on the pricing of manufacturers and distributors for our market.
PART 1. BEST PRINTER UNDER 1000 $
1. Elegoo Mars
Elegoo Mars is a fantastic budget printer for those who prefer resin printing to FDM printers. Despite the low price, the printer has high precision and XY resolution – 47 microns. This means prints will be smoother, with a better finish, and will generally look better with almost invisible layer marks.
Expert commentary: Elegoo Mars is an excellent resin 3D printer and recently we did a huge text and video review about this machine, where we described all the printer’s features in detail, made many test prints of models for various purposes and were very pleased with what we saw – 3D Printer Review Elegoo Mars .
Nevertheless, I would not call it the absolute best printer in the under $ 1000 category. I can’t say that this printer became a revolution in the market or brought a number of innovations to the industry, in this place I would most likely put the Phrozen Sonic Mini , which was already mentioned above, this model due to the combination of its print speed, quality of models and the price is breakout.
The Elegoo Mars printer can be purchased from our company at a price of 31,900 rubles.
|Elegoo Mars||Phrozen sonic mini|
|Material type||Photopolymers 405 nm||Photopolymers 405 nm|
|Print area size||120x68x155 mm||120x68x130 mm|
|Layer thickness||10-200 microns||10-100 microns|
|Print speed||22.5 mm / h||up to 50 mm / h|
|XY Positioning Accuracy||47 microns||62 microns|
|Z positioning accuracy||1.25 microns||10 microns|
|The cost||RUB 31,900||RUB 32,900|
2. Flashforge Adventurer 3
The Chinese company FlashForge has created some of the best budget 3D printers under $ 1000 in recent years. Their newest model, the Adventurer 3 , features Wi-Fi, a removable heated print pad. The minimum layer thickness is 50 microns, a small print area of 150x150x150 mm, although it does not allow printing huge models, is suitable for most tasks that makers have, and the price of $ 500 makes it very attractive.
Expert commentary: it is strange that in a fresh review prepared by the portal, this model is called the newest, despite the fact that it has been supplied for more than two years, but in the main I completely agree with the authors, this printer has no equal in its equipment in the budget segment. In addition to the already mentioned Wi-Fi, a removable platform and a minimum layer thickness, I would also like to mention the built-in webcam, a closed case, a color touchscreen display, a safe, easily removable extruder and a filament end sensor. The print quality is very decent, you can read more about this printer in our review . The price for this printer today is 36,900 rubles.
|Flashforge Adventurer 3|
|Print area size||150 x 150 x 150 mm|
|Number of extruders||one|
|Layer thickness||0.1-0.4 mm|
|Extruder temperature||up to 240 ° C|
|Heated platform||up to 100 ° C|
|Print speed||10-100 mm / sec|
|Connection interface||USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi|
|The cost||RUB 36,900|
3. Creality CR-10
The Creality CR-10 is well known among the makers as one of the best budget 3D printers of all time. It is manufactured by the Chinese company Creality 3D in various sizes and comes as a build kit that can be assembled in just 45 minutes. For only $ 399, the CR-10 offers 50 micron print quality and with a 300x300x400mm camera size, it is the best printer of its size for this price. To summarize, this is the perfect choice for beginners.
Expert commentary: Again, it’s surprising that a rather old version of this printer got into the rating, despite the fact that we have already talked about its latest modification above. As I said, this model is not very common in Russia, and if you are interested in buying a printer of this class, pay attention to the Anycubic Chiron , which is available at a price of 52,900 rubles. and is, in my opinion, a much more advanced device.
|Creality CR-10||Anycubic Chiron|
|Material type||PLA, TPU||ABS, PLA, Flex|
|Print area size||300х300х400 mm||400х400х450 mm|
|Number of extruders||one||one|
|Layer thickness||from 0.1 mm||0.05-0.3mm|
|Extruder temperature||Up to 250 ° C||Up to 260 ° C|
|Heated platform||≤75 ℃||≤100 ℃|
|Print speed||up to 100 mm / s||20-100 mm / sec|
|Connection interface||SD, USB||SD card, data cable|
|The cost||RUB 53,200||RUB 52,900|
Further on this list are the following models …
4. Monoprice Select Mini V2 – the best printer for $ 200 according to the portal version (price $ 219)
If you are a beginner, this is the printer for you, no redundant features, just a small, cheap printer that prints when you need it. You won’t be able to print large models on it, its build size is 120x120x120 mm – but for most buyers this is not a problem. We’ve also included it in our list of the best printers for education and kids because of its simplicity and low cost. You can buy these whole class printers for the price of one more expensive printer like the Ultimaker or MakerBot. To help newbies, the printer comes with several ready-to-print 3D models and plastic to get you started. All in all, it’s simple, cheap, and ideal for those who want to just relax and type without the hassle.
Expert commentary: this printer is not sold in Russia, the American company Monoprice does not produce printers on its own, but orders them from Chinese factories under its own brand in order to sell them on American Amazon, in particular, the Wanhao Duplicator i3 and D6 models, as well as FlashForge are sold under the Monoprice brand Adventurer 3. This model is most likely produced by the Chinese manufacturer Geetech, which is also poorly represented in Russia, so we have no relevant information about its quality and capabilities. In our market, the Wanhao i3 Mini model is available at a price of 15500 rubles. Here you can see our comparative review of this printer, comparing it with the previously popular Winbo SH-105 model .
|Monoprice Select Mini V2||Wanhao i3 Mini|
|Print area size||120 x 120 x 120 mm||120 × 135 × 100 mm|
|Number of extruders||one||one|
|Layer thickness||0.1-0.3 mm||0.1-0.4 mm|
|Extruder temperature||230 ° C||170-260 ° C|
|Print speed||55 mm / sec||10-70 mm / sec|
|Connection interface||USB / Micro SD card / WiFi||SD, USB|
|The cost||–||RUB 15500|
5. Prusa i3 MK3S
Growing out of the RepRap enthusiast community, the printer has proven itself so well that it has propelled its creator and CEO Joseph Prusu from a 3D printing fanatic to Forbes magazine’s list of 30 richest entrepreneurs under 30. This is the result of sales of more than 100 thousand of these printers per year worldwide. Known as the best 3D printer to emerge from the RepRap movement, it weighs only 6.35kg and supports printing from SD cards and USB sticks. Prusa uses a farm of 300 of its printers to print all the plastic parts on the new printers to meet the huge demand for them. You can buy the Prusa printer for $ 999 ready-to-go, or as a build kit for a couple hundred less.
Expert commentary: Prusa recently increased the number of printing printers to 1000, and this achievement was honored with the entry into the Guinness Book of Records. Sales volume this year is planned at 220 thousand printers per year. This is a fantastic result for a Czech company, but as I wrote above, these printers are practically not supplied to Russia, Prusa could not compete with Chinese companies in Russia.
6. Anycubic Photon S is a fantastic printer for under $ 500.
Anycubic’s story is similar to Elegoo – at first skepticism, then hysteria that it is really so good and at the same time so cheap. The Photon S model was released a little later than the first version of the Photon and costs a little more – $ 468, but it has a number of key improvements over the first model. The Z height has increased by 50 mm, as well as a more rigid structure and two X rails have reduced possible vibrations affecting print quality to a minimum. Anycubic has heeded user complaints about odor and added a dual filtration system to reduce odor emissions during printing.
Expert commentary: the inclusion of this printer in the rating is beyond doubt, this is really a breakthrough model of 2019, in which it was possible to achieve what seems incompatible – to reduce the price and improve the quality, you can see more about it in our large review on the YouTube channel. At the same time, during testing, we did not highly assess the improvements of the Photon S model compared to the Photon, and some of the changes were not very successful in our opinion.
|Anycubic Photon S|
|Material type||Photopolymers 405 nm|
|Print area size||115x65x165 mm|
|Layer thickness||0.025-0.1 mm|
|Print speed||20 mm / h|
|XY Positioning Accuracy||47 microns|
|Z positioning accuracy||1.25 micron|
|The cost||RUB 35,900|
7. Creality Ender 3
The cheapest printer on our list and the only one under $ 200. The Ender 3 follows in the footsteps of the CR-10 and is a very powerful machine for the money. The printer comes as an assembly kit that can be assembled in less than an hour and also comes with a heated print bed. If you intend to spend less than $ 200, you cannot expect impeccable quality, but the Ender 3 prints honestly well, but cannot and should not compete with printers in the mid-range $ 3,000. It is quite good for beginners and if you are a 3D printing enthusiast you can make a bunch of different improvements and modifications to achieve better printing results.
Expert commentary: We don’t know for sure, but most likely this is the best-selling 3D printer in the world last year. I fully agree with the high marks given to this model by the authors of the rating. Having bought this printer, you can independently figure out all the intricacies of the design of a 3D printer and, with the proper enthusiasm, achieve good printing results, but this is not a printer for those who just want to print. As an alternative that does not require self-assembly, I would suggest Anycubic the Mega the S .
|Creality ender 3||Anycubic Mega S|
|Material type||ABS, PLA, etc.||ABS, PLA, Flex, etc.|
|Print area size||235x235x250 mm||210x210x205 mm|
|Number of extruders||one||one|
|Layer thickness||0.1-0.4 mm||0.05-0.3mm|
|Extruder temperature||Up to 255 ° C||Up to 260 ° C|
|Heated platform||≤110 ℃||≤110 ℃|
|Print speed||180 mm / sec||100 mm / sec|
|Connection interface||SD||SD card, data cable|
|The cost||RUB 18,000 (set)||RUB 25,900|
8. XYZprinting Da Vinci the Mini ($ 189)
It is the main competitor to the Monoprice Select Mini V2. Its print area is 30 mm larger on each axis, and the functionality corresponds to the price. It is also ideal for beginners, and advanced makers will prefer the cooler models. The minimum layer thickness of 100 microns is not the best compared to other models, but you can’t get the whole world for $ 200. The printer is well worth the price, and those new to 3D printing will find this printer a good first time purchase.
Expert comment: I don’t know for what reason, but in Russia this printer was sold much more expensive, at a price of 25,000 – 27,000 rubles, and therefore was not in great demand, and as for the opinion of experts, I completely agree with them, as an alternative to this XYZprinting model I I would suggest a Wanhao D10 3D printer , an overview of this model can be found here .
|XYZprinting Da Vinci Mini||Wanhao D10|
|Print area size||150 x 150 x 150 mm||116 x 116 x 125 mm|
|Number of extruders||one||one|
|Layer thickness||0.1 mm||0.05-0.3 mm|
|Print speed||100 mm / s||80 mm / sec|
|Connection interface||Wi-Fi, USB||SD, USB|
|The cost||RUB 25,000||RUB 18,500|
9.QIDI Tech X-Pro
Leaving the printers below $ 500, we get QIDI Tech X-Pro, which can be guaranteed to buy for $ 599. It is a dual extruder printer with a large ergonomic 4.3 ”touch screen, which makes it very easy to operate. It can be connected via Wi-Fi, it can also print from a USB stick. What makes the X-Pro stand out from the crowd of similar printers? First of all, the desire to achieve the best possible print quality for this price. The Chinese company has developed and implemented a curved metal printing platform that makes it easier to remove the model after printing with minimal damage, improving the finish quality of the surface. Unlike other cheap printers, it has a closed print chamber, which makes it possible to maintain a more stable temperature inside, reducing the possibility of the model separating and tearing it off the table.
Expert commentary: QIDI printers have never been delivered to Russia, and I cannot assess the capabilities of this model, but at the same time it is surprising that the rating ignored the FlashForge Dreamer and Inventor models , more technically advanced and at the same time quite budget printers, which are widely represented in the markets of many countries.
Comparative review of FlashForge Dreamer and Inventor 3D printers
|QIDI Tech X-Pro||FlashForge Dreamer||FlashForge Inventor|
|Material type||PLA, ABS||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG|
|Print area size||230 x 150 x 150 mm||230 x 150 x 140 mm||230 x 150 x 160 mm|
|Number of extruders||2||2||2|
|Layer thickness||100-500 microns||50-400 microns||50-400 microns|
|Extruder temperature||250 ° C||240 ° C||240 ° C|
|Heated platform||110 ° C||120 ° C||120 ° C|
|Connection interface||USB, Wifi, SD card||USB, Wifi, SD card||USB, Wifi, SD card|
|The cost||RUB 78,900||RUB 85,900|
10. Flashforge Creator Pro
Not as cheap as its Adventurer 3 little brother, the Creator Pro is still one of the best cheap 3D printers on the market. With two extruders, it is ideal for those looking for a budget printer with the ability to print on a variety of materials, including models that need to be printed with soluble supports. A minimum layer thickness of 100 microns is fine for the price, but with a build area of 225x145x150mm, the Creator Pro should be able to print whatever model you want. As a result, we have another stellar product from the FlashForge team, a safe and reliable printer for a price.
Expert Commentary: Creator Pro is my best budget dual-extruder 3D printer. Back in 2016, we did a large comparative review of this model with other similar printers in this segment, and since then, little has changed, there are very few budget two-extruder printers of good quality on the market.
You can read this comparative review of The Clone Wars:
|FlashForge Creator Pro|
|Material type||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG|
|Print area size||227 x 148 x 150 mm|
|Number of extruders||2|
|Layer thickness||100-400 microns|
|Extruder temperature||240 ° C|
|Heated platform||120 ° C|
|Print speed||10-100 mm / sec|
|Connection interface||USB, SD card|
|The cost||RUB 73900|
PART 2. BEST PRINTERS IN THE CATEGORY 1000 $ -3000 $
Lulzbot Mini 2
Many manufacturers who started making opensource-based 3D printers later abandoned this idea when their business grew, but the American manufacturer Lulzbot remained loyal to the opensource community. The Lulzbot Mini has cemented its reputation as one of the best 3D printer manufacturers in the world, and the Mini 2 continues that tradition. The printer comes with a heated bed, USB connection, 50 micron minimum layer thickness and all for $ 1,500. The print area is 160x160x180, the speed is up to 300 mm / s, the model is also famous for its ability to print well with soft plastics without problems with filament feed.
Expert commentary: this manufacturer has never been represented in Russia, despite a large number of victories in various ratings of Western publications. The reason lies in the rather high price for such a modest device in terms of size and capabilities. A number of more advanced models are available in this price category on the Russian market, such as Picaso 3D Designer X , FlashForge Guider II and TierTime UP Box + .
|Lulzbot Mini 2||Picaso 3D Designer X||FlashForge Guider II||TierTime UP Box +|
|Material type||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG, PEEK||ABS, PLA, Flex, PETG||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG|
|Print area size||160 x 160 x 180 mm||200 x 200 x 210 mm||280 x 250 x 300 mm||255 x 205 x 205 mm|
|Number of extruders||one||one||one||one|
|Layer thickness||0.05-0.4 mm||from 0.01 mm||0.05-0.4 mm||0.1-0.4 mm|
|Extruder temperature||290 ° C||410 ° C||240 ° C|
|Print speed||300 mm / sec||100 cm3 / h||10-200 mm / sec||10-130 cm3 / h|
|Connection interface||USB, SD card||Ethernet, USB||Ethernet, USB, Wifi||USB, Wifi|
|The cost||–||RUB 149,000||RUB 129,000||RUB 117,000|
Dremel Digilab 3D45
Expert commentary: on the technical side of the issue, Dremel printers fully correspond to the description made by the authors of the portal. But the following is worth knowing about them – they are produced by the Chinese company FlashForge, which we have already mentioned here, and although the design of this model is original, it is based on the development of FlashForge. In Russia, this printer costs 258,000 rubles and, in my opinion, this price is not justifiably overpriced. It is enough to look at the FlashForge Guider IIs and Creator 3 models to understand that they will be in no way inferior to Dremel in their capabilities, and at a much more affordable price.
FlashForge Guider IIs 3D Printer Review
FlashForge Creator 3 3D Printer Review
|Dremel Digilab 3D45||FlashForge Guider Iis||FlashForge Creator 3|
|Material type||ABS, PLA, Nylon||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG|
|Print area size||255x152x170 mm||280x250x300 mm||300x250x200 mm|
|Number of extruders||one||one||2|
|Layer thickness||50-300 microns||50-400 microns||50-400 microns|
|Extruder temperature||280 ° C||300 ° C||300 ° C|
|Heated platform||100 ° C||120 ° C||120 ° C|
|Connection interface||USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet||USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet||USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet|
|The cost||RUB 258,000||RUB 139,000||RUB 195,000|
Makerbot Replicator +
MakerBot is one of the undisputed king of 3D printing and has produced some of the best 3D printers in recent years. This model is no exception, having received huge praise and support from the fans of the brand. Replicator + prints from 20 to 400 microns thick, files are sent to print via USB cable or from SD card. It can print PLA, PVA, PETG and other third party materials. This model focuses on print quality and stability and features a 295x195x165mm camera. The retail price of $ 1999 makes this model great for makers who want to print without any problems. Although MakerBot has released a new Method model, we believe the Replicator + is more suitable for professional applications than the more expensive Method for industrial use.
Expert commentary: It is rather strange to include this very old MakerBot model, which has been released since 2014 with some modifications. In Russia, a printer costs 375,000 rubles, and at the same time, in fact, it prints only PLA and PETG plastics and has only one extruder. All major manufacturers have taken several steps forward, making their printers more versatile, with the ability to print with different materials, equipped with two extruders and a host of other useful features, and MakerBot still sells its old models. I definitely do not share this approach and in this case I single out in this segment such models as Raise3D Pro2 , Picaso 3D Designer X Pro , Raise3D E2 , FlashForge Creator 3 .
|Makerbot Replicator +||Raise3D Pro2||Picaso 3D Designer X Pro||Raise3D E2||FlashForge Creator 3|
|Material type||PLA, PETG||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon, Ultran||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG|
|Print area size||295x195x165 mm||305x305x300 mm||200x200x210 mm||330x240x240 mm||300x250x200 mm|
|Number of extruders||one||2||one||2||2|
|Layer thickness||from 100 microns||from 10 microns||10-250 microns||20-250 microns||50-400 microns|
|Extruder temperature||160-190 ° C||300 ° C||410 ° C||300 ° C||300 ° C|
|Connection interface||USB, Ethernet, Wifi||LAN, USB, Wi-Fi||USB, Ethernet||LAN, USB, Wi-Fi||USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet|
|The cost||RUB 375,000||RUB 325,000||RUB 299,000||RUB 300,000||RUB 195,000|
The ZMorph is simply an adorable machine with a versatility that we’ve never seen in a 3D printer. It is not only a dual extruder 3D printer, but also a CNC router and even a laser engraver, 3-in-one device or MFP. With interchangeable print heads, the printer can be easily transformed. Despite the many additional options, the 3D printer itself is of very good quality, it is neat with a camera measuring 250x235x165 mm. and the ability to print with various materials. To summarize, this is a very impressive printer, while still allowing for other features outside of 3D printing.
Expert commentary: the idea of creating an MFP based on a 3D printer is not new in itself and this model is perhaps the best among others, but the reality is that you get an average 3D printer, a milling cutter of the same level, and an engraver of the same level, while the price is in Russia about 450,000 rubles. For this money, you can buy an excellent 3D printer and still have enough for a good desktop router and engraver. As a result, printers of this manufacturer are not officially sold in Russia due to lack of demand.
BCN3D Sigmax R19
This 3D printer from the Spanish company BCN3D follows the original Sigma R19 model. It is a dual extruder printer with a huge build area of 420x297x210mm. Sigmax can print in a wide variety of materials including ABS, HIPS, Nylon, Polycarbonate and others. Features such as “duplicate” and “mirror mode” make this printer the best choice for small batch production. It’s neat with a minimum layer thickness of 50 microns and is easy to operate with an easy-to-use touchscreen.
Expert commentary: This is one of the first printers to use IDEX technology, with two independent extruders. These extruders can be called independent conditionally, since they are located on the same rail, but nevertheless it makes it possible to print one model in duplicate at the same time. It is also important when printing models with soluble supports, it is strange that the authors of the portal did not mention this among the advantages of the model. The price of a printer in Russia is 445,000 rubles, it cannot be said that it is very popular, but it would be right to mark it as a new step in the development of 3D printing. In this segment, I would also highlight a new product from Raise3D – the E2 model , which has a slightly smaller print area, but also a more acceptable price – 300,000 rubles.
|BCN3D Sigmax R19||Raise3D E2|
|Material type||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon|
|Print area size||420 x 297 x 210 mm||330x240x240 mm|
|Number of extruders||
|Layer thickness||from 50 microns||20-250 microns|
|Extruder temperature||290 ° C||300 ° C|
|Heated platform||100 ° C||110 ° C|
|Connection interface||SD / USB||LAN, USB, Wi-Fi|
|The cost||RUB 445,000||RUB 300,000|
PART 3. BEST PRINTERS IN THE CATEGORY 3000 $ -5000 $
Ultimaker is a Dutch company that has created some of the best 3D printers in the past few years. Ultimaker 3equipped with two extruders, minimum layer thickness 20 microns. This printer is great for precision prototyping in any sector and is well suited for makers around the world. On top of that, the Ultimaker 3 features a decent 197x215x200mm print area and a built-in webcam for remote monitoring of the printing process. You can connect to your printer via Wi-Fi, USB, or Ethernet very easily. In addition, the printer has an auto-alignment system to make sure your prints go smoothly. If you are looking for the best printer in terms of speed, accuracy, ease of use and design and are willing to spend $ 3499, then the Ultimaker 3 is the printer for you.
Expert commentary: Ultimaker has been the leader in monetary sales of desktop printers worldwide for several years, primarily valued for print quality and hassle-free performance. In Russia, the price of this model is 333,000 rubles, which, of course, cannot make it readily available for home users, it is also worth noting that Ultimaker printers use 2.85 mm filament, which creates certain problems for users due to higher prices for this plastic. And most importantly, this creates limitations due to the small selection of possible materials for printing. the vast majority of other manufacturers use 1.75 mm thread. In our market, in this category, I would highlight Picaso Designer X Pro, which costs a little less, but at the same time has an important advantage in the form of a closed chamber with the possibility of printing with higher-temperature materials.
|Ultimaker 3||Picaso Designer X Pro|
|Material type||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon, Ultran|
|Print area size||215 x 215 x 200 mm||200x200x210 mm|
|Number of extruders||
|Layer thickness||from 20 microns||10-250 microns|
|Connection interface||Wi-Fi||USB, Ethernet|
|The cost||RUB 333,000||RUB 299,000|
Formlabs Form 3
The Formlabs Form 3 , also won the Photopolymer Printer category, which we’ll cover in a moment . It is popular for both dental and jewelry use primarily because of its amazing accuracy and better speed compared to other printers using other technologies. The improved Form 3 has received a number of improvements over the Form 2, such as a new LFS technology and a new illumination module that improves the finish quality of the models’ surfaces. The print area has grown by only 10 microns in the Z-axis, but the accuracy has increased to an incredible 25 microns. You can also use a wide variety of Formlabs resins, as well as resins from other manufacturers.
Expert commentary: Formlabs Is the first unicorn in 3D printing, the company’s capitalization exceeds $ 1 billion, the products are popular all over the world, and Russia is no exception. The price of a printer in our country is 360,000 rubles, which, in principle, is an acceptable level for professional use. But here it is important to think about the cost of owning this printer. Despite assurances that it is possible to use third-party resins in it, in fact it is very difficult, and Formlabs cartridges cost from 15 to 30 thousand rubles per liter, which is about 3 times higher than their counterparts. Also, consumables include the print tray, which requires fairly frequent replacement, and its cost is about 12,000 rubles. As an alternative to this model, I would draw your attention to a new product from UNIZ, the Slash 2 with 4K display resolution, shipping of these printers will begin in the second half of 2020
|Formlabs Form 3||UNIZ Slash 2|
|Print area size||145 x 145 x 185 mm||192 x 120 x 200 mm|
|Layer thickness||25-300 microns||from 10 microns|
|XY Positioning Accuracy||25 microns||49.8 microns|
|Connection interface||USB, Ethernet, Wifi||USB, Ethernet, Wifi|
|The cost||RUB 360,000||RUB 290,000|
Raise3D is a multi-award winning Chinese 3D printer manufacturer. The previous Raise3D N2 Dual was so good that New York-based Voodoo Manufacturing uses these printers for custom 3D printing. Raise3D Pro2 also comes with two extruders, allowing you to print in two colors or different materials at the same time. The main advantage of this model is the large print area 305x305x305 mm, which is larger than that of its main competitors. In addition to this, the printer can print at a layer thickness of 10 microns, it also has a 7-inch touch screen display. Ideal for industrial applications, this printer is not cheap, but the $ 3999 price tag is justified considering its capabilities.
Expert commentary: our company has been the exclusive distributor of Raise3D in Russia for the 4th year and I can only confirm all of the above. The Raise3D printer has great capabilities and is primarily suitable for professional use and for prototyping, printing products of complex shapes and large sizes, in more detail about where these printers are used in Russia can be found on the website www.raise3d.ru in the Application section. The price of the printer in Russia today is 325,000 rubles.
A little higher we have already talked about the Dutch company Ultimaker . The S5 has a large camera size of 330x240x300mm and costs $ 5999. This printer has received a number of improvements and new features, making it an excellent solution for small batch production and complex prototyping. The size of this model is more suitable for printing large prototypes, and this has already been appreciated by Ultimaker customers such as Volkswagen, which is massively adopting the use of these printers by its engineers.
Expert commentary: Model S5 goes beyond the $ 5000 limit, but nevertheless got into this rating. The quality of Ultimaker is beyond doubt, but the price in Russia of 610,000 rubles makes it practically inaccessible for Russian companies even though the Raise3D Pro2 model with the same set of functions costs almost half as much. The S5 looks very nice, but I don’t see the economic feasibility of buying it, as well as the majority of buyers in Russia, which confirms the extremely low demand for this model.
|Ultimaker S5||Raise3D Pro2|
|Material type||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon|
|Print area size||330х240х300 mm||305x305x300 mm|
|Number of extruders||
|Layer thickness||from 20 microns||from 10 microns|
|Extruder temperature||180-280 ° C||300 ° C|
|Connection interface||USB, Ethernet, Wifi||LAN, USB, Wi-Fi|
|The cost||RUB 610,000||RUB 325,000|
Now let’s go back to the ALL3DP rankings to highlight several printers in different categories. To summarize, let’s immediately combine 3 categories up to $ 200, $ 300 and $ 500. In all of these categories, Creality 3D wins in ALL3DP , namely the Ender 3 , Ender 3 Pro , Ender 5 and Ender 5 Pro. In all cases, the arguments are roughly the same: ease of assembly, incredible affordability and the ability to achieve good print quality. Other worthy models include the Anycubic i3 Mega, Artillery Genius and Artillery Sidewinder X1.
Expert commentary: It makes no sense to dwell on the Creality 3D models in detail, there is a lot of information about them on the Internet, there are thousands of owners of these printers in Russia and they are actively sharing their experience of using them. Our experience with these printers has shown that this is a really good tool in good hands and this is the main point, because even the correct assembly, which at first glance is a simple task, in fact, contains a number of subtleties that cannot be understood without having a certain experience or not preparing in advance. The print quality will largely depend on the build quality, it is also important to master the intricacies of the slicer settings, but this factor is important for any printer.
Phrozen Sonic Mini wins in the nomination “Best budget resin printer” , we have already written about this model above.
The nomination for “Best Photopolymer Printer” – Formlabs Form 3 , we already talked about it above.
In this nomination, the Peopoly Phenom printers, which we have already written about above, and the Phrozen Shuffle 4K model were also noted .
With disclaimers, the Phrozen Shuffle 4K is a super-duper, high-detail printer that works consistently. It is rigidly constructed from metal parts and although some nuances arise during its use, it must be borne in mind that it is made from industrial grade components. This is a real workhorse, although it requires adapting to its quirks and glitches.
Expert commentary: deliveries of this model to Russia began last fall and caused a real sensation both among dentists and jewelers. It turned out that everyone had long been waiting for just such a model, easy to use, but with high accuracy and the ability to use any materials available on the market. The excellent quality of the finish surface compares favorably with other models, and the price of 140,000 rubles makes it very attractive for those who want to try to implement 3D printing, but are afraid to start with a large investment.
|Formlabs Form 3||PEOPOLY PHENOM||Phrozen Shuffle 4K|
|Print area size||145 x 145 x 185 mm||276 x 155 x 400 mm||120x68x170 mm|
|Layer thickness||25-300 microns||72 microns||10-100 microns|
|XY Positioning Accuracy||25 microns||20 microns||31 microns|
|The cost||RUB 360,000||–||RUB 140,000|
Nomination “Best large format 3D-printer» – Raise3D Pro2 Plus is
Reason: strong software with a professional approach to workflow, fully enclosed housing, consistently high print quality. In addition to offering dual extrusion as standard, we find the Raise3D Pro2 Plus offers a powerful combination of capabilities and an exceptionally large printable area. Camera with dimensions 300x300x600 mm. makes it possible to print really large objects and at the same time you have a choice of a large number of complex materials. It is also important that it is so reliable that it can print with little or no input from you, and you can constantly monitor the printing process on the 7-inch touchscreen display, as well as remotely using IdeaMaker software.
Expert commentary: An absolutely logical choice, there is no analogue of this printer today. A complete set of all functions, together with a large camera for printing, make this model unique, you can read about the experience of using Raise3D printers in Russia on the website www.raised3d.ru . As a more budgetary alternative, I would advise you to consider the option of the Picaso Designer XL printer, this printer has a slightly larger camera, but it comes with only one extruder. I would consider it in a situation where there is no task to print complex objects, but the size of the camera is more important.
The second printer in this category was another Creality3D CR-10 S5 with a print area of 500x500x500 mm. We have already written about this model above.
|Raise3D Pro2 Plus||Picaso designer xl||Creality3D CR-10 S5|
|Material type||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon||PLA, Flex|
|Print area size||305x305x605 mm||360х360х610 mm||500x500x500 mm|
|Number of extruders||2||one||one|
|Layer thickness||from 10 microns||from 10 microns||from 100 microns|
|Extruder temperature||300 ° C||410 ° C|
|Connection interface||LAN, USB, Wi-Fi||USB, Ethernet||Ethernet, SD|
|The cost||RUB 490,000||RUB 289,000||RUB 83,000|
Nomination «Best printer with two extruders» – Ultimaker S5
We have already written about this model above, for Russia a printer with such a price is practically irrelevant, so in this nomination I would highlight the Picaso Designer X Pro , which costs 299,000 rubles and has proven itself well when printing complex models with two extruders. You can read more about this printer on picaso-3d.com
Also in this nomination were the Qidi Tech X-Pro, BCN3D Sigma R19, and Prusa MK3S printers with the MMU2S dual-material upgrade. We have already written about all these models earlier in this rating.
Expert commentary: a rather strange choice of printers in this nomination, given that there are such models on the market as FlashForge Dreamer and Creator Pro , Raise3D Pro2 , Dutch Felix Pro 3 printers, as well as printers from Polish manufacturers 3DGence P255 and Zortrax M200 Dual and M300 Dual …
|Ultimaker S5||Picaso Designer X Pro||Qidi Tech X-Pro||BCN3D Sigma R19||Prusa MK3S|
|Material type||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon, Ultran||PLA, ABS||PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex, Nylon||ABS, Nylon, PETG, PLA|
|Print area size||330х240х300 mm||200x200x210 mm||230 x 150 x 150 mm||420 x 297 x 210 mm||250х210х210 mm|
|Number of extruders||2||one||2||2||one|
|Layer thickness||from 20 microns||10-250 microns||100-500 microns||from 50 microns||from 50 microns|
|Extruder temperature||180-280 ° C||410 ° C||250 ° C||290 ° C|
|Connection interface||USB, Ethernet, Wifi||USB, Ethernet||USB, Wifi, SD card||SD / USB||USB, SD card|
|The cost||RUB 610,000||RUB 299,000||RUB 445,000||RUB 82,500 (set)|
Nomination “The best Printer 3 in 1» – ZMorph VX
We have already talked about this model earlier, the choice is obvious, but the expediency of buying such a printer, as before, raises great doubts. The second model in this category is Snapmaker 2.0, it is worth talking about it in more detail.
Snapmaker 2.0 is a second generation MFP with replaceable modules that can operate as a 3D printer, laser engraver and CNC router. Available in three sizes: A150, A250 and A350. The Snapmaker 2.0 housing and rails are made of metal and the printer is modular. So far, our experience with Snapmaker 2.0 has been quite varied, ranging from problems with laser-etched sawdust euphoria to software frustration. This is obviously a product in its early stages of development, but all three of its main features work and work well.
Expert commentary: This printer is not supplied to Russia due to its high price and modest capabilities, and it sells very well in the USA. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to test it ourselves in order to form our own idea of its capabilities. It’s a shame that XYZprinting models were not mentioned here, a company that has made a serious bet on the 3-in-1 concept and has made significant progress, especially in Europe.
Workhorse nomination – TierTime UP300
Base: Rigid construction, fully enclosed print chamber, very useful accessories. In our estimation, the TierTime UP300 deserves much more recognition than what it gets. Out-of-the-box ABS printing superior with molded supports that can be easily removed by hand. The modular system of interchangeable printheads enables high-quality printing with high-temperature, low-temperature and soft plastics. We also became fans of the UPstudio feature that allows us to correct print shrinkage. In addition, it boasts wireless connectivity, print queue support, an air filter inside the camera, and the ability to print fairly quickly. In general, a very competent printer, which is convenient to use for constant printing.
Expert commentary: in this case, I completely agree with the authors, this is the most underrated printer on the market, with an amazing set of three different printheads and different print platforms and a fairly reasonable price of 165,000 rubles. He could not find many buyers in Russia either, our review of this model can be found here . In Russia in this category the leaders are the Picaso Designer X and Wanhao D6 Plus models in the case , which, while not possessing half of the UP300’s advantages, nevertheless have taken strong positions in our market.
|TierTime UP300||Picaso designer x||Wanhao D6 Plus|
|Material type||PLA, ABS||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG, PEEK||ABS, PLA, Flex, Nylon, PETG|
|Print area size||205x255x225 mm||200 x 200 x 210 mm||200 x 200 x 180 mm|
|Number of extruders||
|Layer thickness||0.05-0.4 mm||from 0.01 mm||0.02-0.2mm|
|Extruder temperature||299 ° C||410 ° C||180-260 ° C|
|Connection interface||USB, Wifi, Lan||Ethernet, USB||SD / USB|
|The cost||RUB 165,000||RUB 149,000||RUB 62900|
Also in this nomination are the Ultimaker S5 and BCN3D Sigmax R19, which we have already written about earlier, while ignoring a lot of other well-proven printers, for example, the Polish Zortrax M200 Plus and Hungarian CraftBot Plus Pro, for which the manufacturer gives a 5-year warranty.
Best Newbie Printer – FlashForge Finder
Reason: easy to use, plug-n-play, affordable. Although this is an entry-level printer, it covers all the basic printing needs. The printer is shipped fully assembled and the only thing you will need to do before starting printing is to calibrate the platform, which any novice maker should still learn to do. We found Finder to be a reliable companion, and what surprised us the most was the availability of Wi-Fi in a printer under $ 500, which is a rarity in this category.
Expert comment: I totally agree with the authors, great printer for beginners, especially for kids, very simple, easy to use, nothing extra, minimalist design. The model is not new, but nothing better has been invented yet. Our review of this model can be viewed here . Wanhao D10 can be noted as a more budgetary analogue .
Creality3D Ender 3 and QIDI Tech X-Pro were also presented in this category. Again, it’s surprising that the numerous XYZprinting models that are very popular and are specially created for beginners to be as simple and convenient as possible did not get here.
|FlashForge Finder||Wanhao D10|
|Print area size||140 x 140 x 140 mm||116 x 116 x 125 mm|
|Number of extruders||one||one|
|Layer thickness||0.05-0.4 mm||0.05-0.3 mm|
|Connection interface||Wifi, USB||SD, USB|
|The cost||RUB 31,900||RUB 18,500|
Nominated – Best Build Kit – Prusa MKS3
It was won by Prusa MKS3, which we already wrote about, and the second place was taken by the Portuguese printer Beeverycreative B2X300. This printer was nominated for the best color printer building manual, where even the length of the screws is detailed.
Expert commentary: the principle is not clear, according to which the same Creality3D printers, which should have been in it, were not included in this nomination, besides, there are no other leading Chinese suppliers – Anet3D, Tevo, Artillery, Tronxy and many others.
So, we hope you were able to read this rating to the end and made certain conclusions for yourself, we tried to summarize the information provided and supplement it so that it is relevant for our market. But the main thing that I would like to say in conclusion is that you need to choose a 3D printer based on your tasks and budget, these are two main factors that you should focus on, you can read more about this in our article How to choose a 3D printer?