Best 3D Printers Under $1000
Creality Ender 5 Plus
The Ender 5 Plus is the largest, widest and most expensive device from the Ender range. It uses the same scaffolding-like principle as the Ender 5 to move the print head. Thanks to the generous installation space of 350 x 350 x 400 mm, you don’t have to worry too much about your objects being too big. While there is some tangled cables, the overall components of this pre-assembled device are high quality.
Further advantages are that the print bed can be heated to 100 ° C in under 10 minutes and that bed leveling is relatively easy thanks to the BL touch sensor. The Ender 5 Plus isn’t perfect, but if you put your mind to it, it’s a great and very modifiable printer.
FlashForge Creator Pro
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The FlashForge Creator Pro is similar to the Makerbot Replicator 2X. This inexpensive 3D printer can print in two colors, has a metal frame and a closed installation space.
The Creator Pro has auto-calibration and a metal pressure plate. The guide rod ensures stability when printing. The design may look a bit old-fashioned, but the Creator Pro is still valued by the 3D printing community because it is very reliable, versatile and easy to use.
Read the full Flashforge Creator Pro review here.
Creality CR-10S Pro V2
Creality loves to iterate. So much so, that their popular CR-10 line has gone through more versions than we’d like. There are quite a number of things Creality is fixing with this CR-10 version.
The machine immediately looks more professional than its predecessor. It feels robust, has a slim controller integrated into the base and offers good cable management.
Thanks to a generous construction volume of 300 x 300 x 400 mm, you will probably not run out of space for your projects. The BL touch sensor makes it easier to level the bed. A powerful 480 W Mean Well power supply unit heats the bed and nozzle in next to no time, and the Capricorn Bowden cable makes filament supply child’s play.
Thanks to its well thought-out design and its functions, the Pro V2 was able to convince us. It worked as soon as it was set up and the print quality was very good.
Qidi Tech-X Pro
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The Qidi Tech X-Pro is an affordable dual extrusion printer that works out of the box. Two features that are seldom found in budget printers.
Based on the Makerbot Replicator design, the Qidi Tech X-Pro offers a closed pressure chamber that enables temperature-sensitive materials to be printed.
Yes, the robust, closed pressure chamber limits the print volume somewhat. Still, the Qidi Tech X-Pro is an affordable entry point into dual extrusion printing, even for absolute beginners, as setup is a breeze and can be done by a complete beginner.
Creality CR-10 S5
The CR-10 is a great 3D printer that gives you a lot for your money. As soon as you have taken it out of the packaging, this printer is ready to go. The fact that it is easy to hack and that the manufacturer attaches importance to user input when optimizing has secured it a place on our podium in recent years.
Now imagine all of this in a construction volume of 500 mm each – a real monster of a printer. You have to tinker a bit to get the best out of this volume, but you can hardly think of anything better for the price-performance ratio.
Original Prusa i3 MK3S kit
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The original Prusa i3 MK3 kit impressed its users with a special focus on user-friendliness and attention to detail and more functions than you could ever imagine: auto-calibration, crash detection, printing pause and restart …
The print quality is exceptionally good and the community is enthusiastic and helpful. Finally, the 3D slicer software, PrusaSlicer, is easy to use.
If the 8 hours of assembly time put you off, you can also pay an additional 230 € to get a fully assembled MK3S. And, hey, there are even Haribo gummy bears for them!
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A 3D printer alone is not enough for you? Would you also like a laser cutter and a CNC milling machine? The Snapmaker fulfills all of these wishes. The 3-in-1 device started on Kickstarter and has been one of the most popular 3D printing projects out there. The successor Snapmaker 2.0 has had even more success on Kickstarter. Unfortunately it is quite expensive: around 1670 €.
The Snapmaker has interchangeable tool heads with which you can turn the printer into a laser cutter or a CNC router. Such devices sometimes cost a good 20,000, so this device is a bargain. But you have to be satisfied with a very small installation space.