Buying 3D Printers is becoming more and more popular, but which 3D Printer is best?
We have checked tests, reviews and best-in-test reviews about 3D printers online and compiled everything in a single top list.
The top list is updated for 2020 with the latest reviews to be as relevant as possible.
Our top lists reflect reality with real customer reviews gathered from the major players and e-commerce stores, along with tests and reviews about the 3D printer.
We start with a top list of the 10 best 3D printers in 2020 .
There are many different 3D Printers on the market today, so you will also find a table with over 50 3D Printersfurther down, so that you can easily compare their properties against each other.
We compare the best 3D Printers so that you can easily choose the right one, whether you are a company, school or private individual.
Read about 3D printers first
Read on in our complete guide about 3D printers to understand the technology, how 3D printers work, what prior knowledge is needed, what the different steps are in a 3D printing, and much more.
Further down this page you can also read a summary of the great guide that we recommended above.
We also go through what you should think about when buying a 3D Printer, or what is the difference between an expensive vs cheap.
Which filament brand is best?
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BEST IN TEST: 3D PRINTER IN SWEDEN – 2020
Below we list the top 10 Best 3D printers in Sweden in 2020 based on customers’ own reviews.
1- FLASHFORGE CREATOR (Pro)
Flashforge Creator Pro is a versatile machine that provides very good 3D printing without any hassle. This 3D Printer is equipped with i.a. dual-extruder, heated building board, fully fenced, and a stable chassis. The 3D printer supports several filament options such as ABS and PLA, but also support materials for more advanced constructions thanks to double extrusion. The heated building board allows you to print in a more controlled environment with the different types of filaments available on the market. The extruder is also sophisticated and can reach high temperatures up to 280C, which opens up the possibilities for a variety of materials.The ease of use, like many other Flashforge machines, is very good, which also makes it ideal for beginners, institutes such as schools and libraries, and companies.
There is a lot of functionality for a 3D Printer, and usually the price tag for these types of 3D Printers ends up higher. However, Flashforge has shown that it does not have to be expensive for it to be good with several of their 3D printers.
Flashforge Creator Pro ranks 1st in our list of the best 3D printers 2020 thanks to good reviews, good price, and good specifications.
2- CREALITY CR-10S V2 PRO
Creality CR10S V2 PRO is another 3D Printer that is lovable among Creality’s product range. This 3D Printer has become increasingly popular as it is a more advanced version of their machines.
The machine has a huge construction volume for a 3D printer of 30x30x40 cm, most upgrades, heated building board and more. You get a lot for your money, which makes the machine affordable. It should be easy to assemble on delivery, and we know that there are many good guides on how to fine-tune the machine for its purposes on the Internet.
Unlike its predecessors, the machine comes pre-installed with almost all major upgrades / mods that experts and 3D enthusiasts have done on their standard CR10 machines. That makes this 3D Printer attractive.
In addition to the functions above, the machine also has a “resume” function and auto-leveling, which makes everyday life easier. What we may think is missing here is a fence for printing with, for example, ABS filament. But, it is possible to print your own fence if you search a bit online.
Creality CR10S V2 PRO ends up in 2nd place in our list of the best 3D printers 2020.
3- ULTIMAKER S3
Ultimaker S3 is a popular 3D printer globally and also in Sweden. This 3D printer is considered to be a professional machine as the price tag as well as the specifications of the machine exceed most 3D printers in the industry. Heated building board, large building volume, fenced, double extruders, very high accuracy, Auto-leveling and more are just some of the features of the Ultimaker S3. This machine only prints in the size 2.85mm.
Ultimaker also has its own filament that they sell, specially-adapted for their particular machines.
In recent times, the price tag has fallen slightly compared with previous years, but is still high for private individuals. We recommend this 3D printer to companies, institutes or the like, whether you need to print continuously, or to provide your employees with something fun and innovative in the office. There is good support for the 3D printer, and it is easy to find spare parts and knowledge online.
Ultimaker S3 ranks 3rd in our list of the best 3D printers 2020.
4- FLASHFORGE ADVENTURES 3
Flashforge Adventurer 3 is one of the cheaper and pre-assembled 3D printers on the market that can handle both PLA and ABS plastic. This machine can basically be started by anyone in a few minutes, and is perfect for anyone who wants to experiment with 3D printing without spending a lot of time on the machine itself and its settings.
We have not received confirmation officially but this is considered by many to be the replacement for Flashforge Finder, which is a very popular machine that we have recommended to many. However, Finder will be discontinued shortly, which may be helpful to know here. In our opinion, Adventurer 3 is at least as good, and also contains more features.
This 3D printer has, among other things, a good construction volume, built-in camera, user-friendly interface, heated construction plate, fully encapsulated, handles lots of different materials, and has a good accuracy. There are already a lot of good tips and knowledge for this machine online.
What is worth mentioning is that third-party filaments need to be placed in the right way for it to be easy to feed the machine with the plastic, which is not stated in the manual. Flashforge Adventurer 3 ends up in 4th place among the best 3D printers in Sweden 2020 thanks to good reviews and a good price picture.
5- CREALITY 3D ENDER 3 (Pro)
Creality 3D Ender 3 is a very popular and lovable 3D printer. Reviews and ratings speak for themselves! There is no doubt that Creality’s cheap 3D printer Ender 3 is one of the most popular 3D printers globally. It is a great 3D printer that 3D enthusiasts cannot fail to love, with its low cost, usability, and amazing print quality.
As I said, the Ender 3 Pro is a very affordable 3D printer, but is not considered a professional machine. This machine is perfect for beginners, manufacturers and 3D interested hobbyists, and as long as you are willing to spend a little extra time on the 3D printer, you will get surprisingly good results.
The 3D printer comes in the form of kits, which with a very user-friendly manual can be assembled in about 2 hours. During the process, you learn a lot about 3D printers in general, which is also an advantage for beginners.
3D Ender 3 Pro ranks 5th in our list of the best 3D printers 2020.
6- ZORTRAX M200
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Zortrax M200 Plus is a reliable 3D printer that is ideal for home and office use, if you want something simpler and easier to use.
The machine has a fairly juicy price tag of about 25,000 SEK, which makes it a relatively expensive investment for those interested in hobbies, however, offices and companies may find it easier to invest within these price limits.
The 3D printer has a heated platform and good construction volume, which makes it easy to create exciting new 3D prints. With the heated building board comes opportunities with Filament materials such as ABS. Unfortunately, it does not have a dual extruder.
In addition, it is required that you use Zortrax’s own filaments for 3D printing, even if there is support for third-party filaments according to online instructions. However, there have been reports that third party filaments tend not to perform as well in the machine, as the hardware in this case is made to print their own filaments which have a different composition than most third party filaments.
In addition to the above-mentioned points, it is a good machine, which performs well for those who do not have problems purchasing all products and materials from the same supplier.
Zortrax M200 Plus comes in 6th place.
7- ULTIMAKER 2
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Ultimaker 2+ is another printer from the company Ultimaker in the Netherlands in the upper class of 3D Printers. Many companies and institutes choose an Ultimaker as it is a reliable machine that prints in good quality with a user-friendly handling.
This 3D printer supports PLA as well as ABS and other materials thanks to the heated platform and encapsulated design. The construction volume is also good, and if you want a slightly larger volume, you can buy the so-called 2+ Extended, which is slightly higher.
Unlike the Ultimaker 3, it does not have dual nozzles and thus no support for support materials and complex 3D prints.
Ultimaker 2+ ends up in 7th place, and is recommended for smaller companies and institutes that want a professional 3D printer.
8- XYZ DA-VINCI JUNIOR
XYZ Da Vinci Junior is one of the most popular and low-cost 3D printers on the market today. Unlike most other printers in this price range, it comes completely pre-assembled.
This 3D printer is small, compact, and can be easily placed in the office next to the coffee machine, or the desk without taking up too much space.
With this 3D printer you can use PLA filaments and create fine prints for all purposes. Whether you use the device for business or hobby purposes, the device is a good machine for hobbyists and even beginners.
XYZ Da Vinci Junior ranks 8th in our list of the best 3D printers 2020.
9- WANHAO DUPLICATOR i3 PLUS
Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus is a 3D printer with the goal of providing better and cheaper 3D printers to everyone. The manufacturer has been around since around 2012 and has a good knowledge of what is required of a good 3D printer.
The machine is very cheap with a price tag of less than 3000 SEK, and is very reminiscent of the 3D printer Prusa i3. In addition, it comes with a heated building board, which makes it possible to print ABS filaments. However, this machine requires some hand-laying and love to set up and get what you want.
Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus thus ends up in 9th place.
10- MAKERBOT REPLICATOR +
Makerbot Replicator + is one of the models from Makerbot, and here the manufacturer promises a 25% larger build volume and 30% faster print speed than its predecessors. The 3D printer is fairly well known when it comes to the brand, and the printer may be in tenth place in our list.
This printer comes with a build volume of 30x20x16 cm which is quite large. The filaments supported are 1.75mm, mainly for PLA prints. Unfortunately, there is no heated building board, nor dual extruder.
With a price tag of around 30,000 SEK, we think it is too expensive if you look at what you get for your money, not to mention that you expect to be able to print with ABS and support material, which this printer can not do.
This machine thus ends up in 10th place in our list.
Best 3D Printers 2020 Table
Below we present a list of over 50 different 3D printers and their specifications. You can easily compare them against each other to find the one that is right for you.
|3D printer||Filament Typ||Filament Size||Build dimension||Layer thickness, Resolution||Heated building board|
|Airwolf 3D AW3D HD||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||305 × 203 × 241||0.04||Yes|
|C2 Robo 3D||PLA / Other plastics||1.75||127 × 127 × 152||0.02||No|
|Creality CR-10S||PLA, ABS||1.75||300 × 300 × 400||0.1||Yes|
|Creality 3D Ender 3||PLA||1.75||220 × 220 × 250||0.1||No|
|Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D20||PLA||1.75||230 × 150 × 140||0.1||No|
|Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D40||PLA||1.75||255 × 155 × 170||0.1||No|
|Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D Printer||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||254 × 152 × 170||0.05||Yes|
|FlashForge Creator Pro||PLA / ABS||1.75||270 × 145 × 150||0.1||Yes|
|FlashForge Dreamer||PLA / ABS||1.75||230 × 150 × 140||0.1||No|
|FlashForge Finder||PLA||1.75||140 × 140 × 140||0.05||No|
|Geeetech Giantarm D200||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||300 × 180 × 180||0.05||Yes|
|JGAURORA A-3 Prusa i3 (Kit)||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||200 × 200 × 180||0.1||Yes|
|Leapfrog Creatr||PLA, ABS||1.75||230 × 270 × 200||0.05||Yes|
|LulzBot Mini||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||2.85||152 × 152 × 158||0.05||Yes|
|M3D The Micro||PLA||1.75||109 × 113 × 116||0.05||No|
|Makerbot Replicator +||PLA||1.75||295 x 195 x 175||0.1||No|
|Makerbot Replicator 2X||ABS||1.75||246 × 152 × 155||0.1||Yes|
|Makerbot Replicator Mini||PLA||1.75||126 x 126x 101||0.1||No|
|MakerGear M Series M2 3D||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||203 × 254 × 203||0.1||Yes|
|Monoprice Maker Select||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||200 × 200 × 180||0.1||Yes|
|Monoprice Maker Select Plus||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||200 × 200 × 180||0.1||Yes|
|Monoprice Maker Select Ultimate||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||200 × 200 × 175||0.2||Yes|
|R1 + Plus 3D Printer Robo 3D||PLA, ABS||1.75||254 × 228.6 × 203||0.1||Yes|
|Robox CEL||PLA / ABS||1.75||210 × 150 × 100||0.02||Yes|
|Sindoh 3DWOX DP200||PLA / ABS||1.75||210 × 200 × 195||0.05||Yes|
|Sindoh 3DWOX DP201||PLA||1.75||210 × 200 × 189||0.05||No|
|TarantulaTEVO||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||200 × 200 × 200||0.05||Yes|
|TAZ 6 LulzBot||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||2.85||280 × 280 × 250||0.05||Yes|
|Tiertime UP BOX||PLA / ABS||1.75||255 × 205 × 205||0.1||Yes|
|Tiertime UP mini Tiertime||PLA / ABS||1.75||120 × 120 × 120||0.2||No|
|Ultimaker 2 Extended +||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||2.85||223 × 223 × 305||0.02||Yes|
|Ultimaker 2+||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||2.85||223 × 223 × 205||0.02||Yes|
|Ultimaker 3 Extended||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||2.85||210 × 210 × 200||0.02||Yes|
|Wanhao Duplicator D5S||PLA||2.85||295 × 195 × 575||0.02||No|
|Wanhao Duplicator i3||PLA / ABS||1.75||200 × 200 × 180||0.1||Yes|
|Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus||PLA / ABS||1.75||200 × 200 × 180||0.1||Yes|
|Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini||PLA||1.75||120 × 130 × 100||0.1||No|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci 1.0||ABS||1.75||200 × 200 × 200||0.1||Yes|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci 1.0 AiO||PLA, ABS||1.75||200 × 200 × 190||0.1||Yes|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci 1.0 Pro||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||200 × 200 × 200||0.1||No|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||200 × 200 × 190||0.1||Yes|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci 1.1 Plus||PLA, ABS||1.75||200 × 200 × 200||0.1||Yes|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci 2.0 Duo||ABS||1.75||150 × 200 × 200||0.1||Yes|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci Jr. 1.0||PLA||1.75||150 × 150 × 150||0.1||No|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro||PLA||1.75||150 × 150 × 150||0.02||No|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci Jr. 1.0w||PLA||1.75||150 × 150 × 150||0.1||No|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci Mini||PLA||1.75||150 × 150 × 150||0.1||No|
|XYZPrinting Da Vinci miniMaker||PLA||1.75||150 × 150 × 150||0.1||No|
|Zortrax M200||PLA / ABS / Other plastics||1.75||200 × 200 × 180||0.09||Yes|
Expensive vs. Cheap 3D Printers
Price of 3D Printers varies, but what are the differences then?
In recent years, prices for 3D Printers have dropped significantly, while technology has also improved. The cheapest 3D printers usually come in kits , and can cost around SEK 2,500 and up. However, these types of 3D Printers in kits require more from the buyer than complete 3D Printers. For example, some computer skills, electrical skills, and general knowledge of CNC technology are needed.
Complete 3D Printers start at about SEK 4,000 and are usually ready to be used immediately after installation, which often comes with a user-friendly manual. These types of 3D Printers are generally preferred if you have the budget for it.
There are also more expensive complete 3D Printers that cost about SEK 20,000 and up, which are usually more suitable for companies and organizations.
Price differences on 3D printers
3D printers come in many different price ranges. Before, there were huge differences in what you got for your money, but today prices have fallen, and thus the opportunities have increased along with the properties. Now you can get a lot for your money, although there are some brands that maintain the price difference as a market ploy.
Below are some of the most common differences in 3D printers in terms of price:
The volume that can be built, ie the size of the printout, has a big impact on the price.
Filament / Raw material that can be used
The raw material places demands on 3D printers, and in this way the price is affected. Examples can be whether the building board can be heated or not, which is a requirement for ABS Filament.
How fast the printer prints is usually measured in mm / s if it is a FFF / FDM printer and affects the price. Accuracy, ie level of detail also affects the price.
Some printers have a higher level of security than others, especially when we talk about 3D printers that have a heated plate and may need encapsulated construction area due to unhealthy and foul-smelling fumes, which results in a higher price.
Software is usually included with the purchase of complete 3D printers, but in some cases you may need to purchase software separately, which may cost some and be worth checking out in advance.
The most important specifications
3D Printers have some important specifications to consider when buying, below we list the ones we think are most important:
- Double nozzlesDual nozzles are used by 3D printers when you want to print with more than 1 filament at the same time, for example if you want support material for a complex design.
- Heated building board3D printers use a so-called heated bed, or building board, to heat the substrate so that the material does not cool too quickly, or does not cause adhesion problems. ABS filament is a good example of a material that requires a heated building board.
- Resolution3D printers have a certain precision in positioning, and that accuracy can be measured in the form of Resolution or also called resolution. It is important that this is relatively low (for a high accuracy).
- Construction volumeDifferent 3D printers have different build volumes. The volume determines how large objects you can print. A large volume is obviously preferable, but not decisive for quality.
CAD Software for 3D Printers
These printers use software to work. The software can be divided into two parts, the first part is the design program, which is usually a form of CAD program, to design / create the 3D model.
Then there is also the second part, which consists of the slicer program used to convert the design (3D model) to codes that can be interpreted by your specific 3D printer.
Many printers have included programs for both, often integrated into one and the same program. Unfortunately, these programs that are free can also be quite limited (however, there are also very good free programs).
You should reasonably check out which program you would like to use, and acquire this to get the best results. Many programs that are available for download today also have preset profiles for the most common 3D printers on the market, which makes the job quite easy.
Material / Filament
Filament is the material used for 3D printers to create the model. The material comes in different types, such as ABS plastic, PLA plastic, PETG plastic or HIPS, to name a few.
There are also other plastics that have modifications of other substances, such as copper, metal, iron, aluminum, glass, ceramics or wood.
Which material you want to print with also determines which 3D printer you should choose.
Read about the materials and what filaments are
Read our large list of materials for 3D printers to see the properties of all the materials / filaments available for 3D Printers.
You can also read about What filament is to better understand how it all works with raw materials for 3D printers.
3D Printer with chamber / enclosure
3D printers with their own chamber are good if you want to print with materials such as ABS, which can create smelly odors / gases that are not very good to breathe.
With a fence, or chamber, you are protected from the dangerous gases. To add is that some of these printers require ventilation connection, while others have a filter that filters the odors.
3D Printers now have WiFi as a standard connection to the computer / PC in the office or home. This means that you can print models remotely, batch, or monitor the webcam that is built into the printer to see that nothing goes wrong.
These features are becoming increasingly important in today’s world, as we live in a connected environment, with cloud storage and WiFi as standards nowadays.
If this is a requirement for you, then it is worth checking out the possibilities for your machine in advance, to ensure that it lives up to your expectations.
Organizations and institutes
3D Printers are also becoming more common in organizations. More and more schools and institutes are starting to offer 3D printing for their students or colleagues.
We recommend a printer that can handle most different plastics and materials for organizations, and can also help with knowledge and information in cases where it is needed. These types of printers are usually advantageous as the end products vary more in organizations compared to individuals.
Rent a 3D Printer
3D Printers can be rented in some places, by those who want to try before they decide to buy one. Or maybe you just need to print a few individual models, and only need the printer for a couple of days.
At present, there are not many that offer rental of 3D printers , but it is still possible to do so in some individual places, through sites such as Hygglo , or Wematter.
If it is difficult to find a 3D printer for rent, you can also order 3D prints from various companies that offer this, for both individuals and companies.
Libraries are also a tip for those of you who want to try 3D printing, as it is becoming more popular for libraries to bring in these printers for testing by the public.
3D Printer in kit
It can be good to buy one like this if you want to learn everything about 3D printers, or want full control of all variables, and fine-tune every single feature before a 3D print.
However, this requires a lot of computer skills, and also an understanding of how CNC and 3D printers work in practice. It will take some hours to understand how to proceed to get the best results with 3D printers that come in kits.
The positive thing is that there are many guides, videos, forum posts, etc. that help one get started quickly.
3D Printer that is best then …
Which 3D Printer is best suited for you, or which 3D Printer to choose depends on which end product you are striving for.
One should have some general knowledge about 3D Printers before buying and using. You can learn everything directly here on 3DTechValley with a few minutes of reading.
Professional 3D Printers that can handle most things cost about 25,000 kronor and up, and are suitable if you need to print quite a lot, while 3D Printers between 3,000 – 25,000 kronor are usually more suitable for individuals, and smaller organizations depending on needs.
We have checked tests, reviews, reviews on the internet and compiled everything in a single top list according to the most common criteria for a 3D printer.
Buying 3D Printers – Things to Think About
What do you need to keep in mind when buying a 3D Printer? The answer is that it depends on what it is to be used for.
Different 3D Printers can handle different things, and in this way you get different end products. If you need to print in materials that can withstand different climates and are to be used outdoors, then you should invest in, for example, a 3D Printer that can also handle ABS Filament and has a heated building board.
If the construction volume is perhaps the highest priority for you, you should check this in the manufacturers’ specifications.
The important thing is that you should know what to use the 3D Printer for. Also read our guide on how a 3D Printer works , and also the guide on Filament for 3D Printers. After reading these guides, you will have a much better understanding of 3D Printers, and in this way also know which one you should buy.