3D printers are the future, and only those who have seen what they are capable of understand their importance. In a few years we can print what we want from our printer, so having one right now is somehow experiencing the future a little earlier – or at least that’s how I feel.

Whether you have an unlimited budget or not, in this article we will show you the best 3D printers of the moment in different price ranges. In this way you can choose and compare the one that best suits your needs.

I also want to tell you that, if you have any doubts at any time about which printer to buy, do not hesitate to leave us a comment, we will answer you right away 😉

The Best Professional Printers

Zortrax M200

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 345 x 430 x 430 mm
  • Weight : 25 kg
  • Print space : 200 x 200 x 180 mm
  • Hot bed : yes
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution : 90-400 microns
  • Electric consumption : 200 W
  • Connectivity : SD card reader;
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

It is a printer that received support in a Kickstarter campaign in 2013, which promised quite ease of use as well as professional print quality. Four years later, in 2017, this printer was launched, which is, for many, the best of the moment.

Its aluminum construction gives it a robust appearance, at the same time it will allow you to print times without an account without having to calibrate. Also, as it is already built, you just have to plug it in and start using it. Its print quality is enviable, and since last year it allows printing with third-party materials.

Ultimaker 3 Extended

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 342 x 505 x 688 mm
  • Weight : 11.3 kg
  • Print space : 215 x 215 x 300 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: singular (or dual)
  • Print resolution 20-600 microns
  • Electric consumption : 221 W
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi, USB connection
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Ultimaker has completely improved its Ultimaker 2+ by adding different extras that can justify its price, especially for those who want quality printing with minimal effort. Just like the previous one, it is a printer that is already mounted, and you just have to plug it in to start printing.

The UM3 Extended manages to print objects that the printers with individual extruder, since it uses interchangeable printing cores optimized for materials of construction or soluble support – If you do not know what I mean, look at this video . It also has a lift switch that allows the second nozzle to be raised when it is not in use, and an automatic leveling system for the bed.

Raise3D N2

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 493 x 342 x 588 mm
  • Weight : 11.3 kg
  • Print space : 305 × 305 × 305 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution 20-600 microns
  • Electric consumption : 600 W
  • Connectivity : USB connection, SD card, Wi-Fi
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Raise3D is an American brand that you have probably never heard of, but specializes in the creation of 3D printers for professionals. This particular printer comes with a closed design, which allows creating pieces using different types of materials, such as PLA, ABS, PC, PET-G, Ninjaflex, T-glass, Alloy910, among others.

It is a printer that can be printing days without stopping without needing any kind of special maintenance. It also has a large print area of ​​305 × 305 × 305 mm, which means that you can create large pieces in a single print.

MakerGear M2

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 533 mm x 610 mm x 420 mm
  • Weight : 12 kg
  • Print space : 200 × 250 × 200 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: Singular or Dual
  • Print resolution : 50 micron
  • Electric consumption : 360 W
  • Connectivity : USB connection, SD card.
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

The previous 3D printer is great, but the Makergear M2 is also one of the most recommended at the moment for its accuracy and reliability. Its structure in steel and aluminum construction will allow you to create excellent 3D prints at its base of 254 × 203 × 203 mm. It also has a warm bed, perfect for printing with either PLA or ABS, although you can use other materials.

In addition to all this, the M2 has an open source firmware that users can adjust to their liking. The nozzles are interchangeable and there is the possibility of incorporating a double extruder, which transforms it into a quite configurable printer. Yes, it is a bit noisy, as are usually all open printers.

CraftBot PLUS

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 400 x 460 x 450 mm
  • Weight : 14 kg
  • Print space : 250 x 200 x 200 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution : 100 microns
  • Electric consumption : ???
  • Connectivity : USB connection
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

It may not be the prettiest 3D printer on our list, but believe us that it is one of the most resistant and easy to use, since it does not require any kind of extra configuration: plug and use. Its printing base of 250 x 200 x 200 mm is also hot, which will allow you to use different materials.

The printing firmware, CraftWare, is quite simple to use and offers a good experience for both professionals and novices in printing. In addition, its color touch screen also improves and facilitates navigation between different menus. Hopefully in the next printer of the brand add the possibility of double extruder and reduce noise.

BQ Witbox 2

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 508 mm x 485 mm x 461 mm
  • Weight : 34 Kg
  • Print space : 297 x 210 x 200 mm
  • Hot bed : No (but it is possible)
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution : 20 microns
  • Electric consumption : 150W
  • Connectivity : USB connection, SD card.
To buy

Finally a printer designed and built in Spain. It is a printer with a closed design quite safe that will allow you to print with different types of materials. The company has also managed to achieve impressive print resolution, but to achieve excellent results, you must know how to make many adjustments to get the perfect settings.

It is a printer already built that you just have to plug in and start using. All the electronics have been built by BQ, and they have a pretty complete blog that will help you take the first steps.

The Best Cheap 3D Printers quality / price

3D Geeetech Prusa I3

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 450 x 440 x 680 mm
  • Weight : 8. 5 kg
  • Print space : 200 x 200 x 180 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution : 100 microns
  • Electric consumption : ???
  • Connectivity : USB connection, SD card.
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

As well as other printers on this list, for less than € 1000 it is best to buy a printer that you have to assemble. This 3D printer for example is highly recommended for beginners of 3D printing, as it will allow you to know each of its components when building it.

The assembly is simple, since all the pieces are marked and there is documentation in Spanish on its website. The print quality is quite good for the price, it allows you to put a double extruder and you can even print with different types of filaments. For less than € 300, it is one of the best on the market.

FlashForge Finder

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size 420 x 420 x 420 mm
  • Weight : 20 kg
  • Print space : 140 x 140 x 140 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution : 100 microns
  • Electric consumption : 150 W
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi, USB connection
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

It is one of our favorite printers for its excellent construction but also for its low price. It is totally “Plug & Play”, which means that you will not have to mount it like the other cheap 3D printers. According to the manufacturer, it is only necessary to calibrate it once before the first impression – although if you want the best results, you must calibrate it from time to time.

However, it has its limitations. The first of all is its small print size of just 140 × 140 × 140 mm. The second is that you can only print with PLA. But if this is not a problem and you want a first printer to take your first steps, this is a pretty safe bet.

Creality CR-10

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 615 x 600 x 490 mm
  • Weight : 10.3 kg
  • Print space : 300 × 300 × 400 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution : 100 microns
  • Electric consumption : ???
  • Connectivity : USB connection, SD card.
To buy

As 3D Geeetech, this printer requires a mount, but it is so basic that in 1 hour you will have it completely assembled. Best of all, its construction volume is 300 × 300 × 400 mm and its printing resolution is 100 microns. So pay attention to where you put it, because it takes up a lot of space.

The Creality CR-10 is one of the best-selling printers of the moment for its low price. Although it can be purchased from Amazon, it is best to buy directly from a Chinese store, since it will cost € 200 less.

BQ Hephestos 2

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 347 x 281 x 58 mm
  • Weight : 13 Kg
  • Print space : 210 x 297 x 220 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution : 50 microns
  • Electric consumption : 100W
  • Connectivity : USB connection, SD card.
To buy

BQ has also released a second version of the Hephestos, an improved version of the Prusa i3. Although it is a good printer, we believe that its price is too high to compete with the others on our list. However, if you want to support a Spanish company, here you have it.

It is a 3D printer much more resistant than the previous version, with a new design, a greater volume of printing and a new extruder. The plastic parts were exchanged for metal parts made of aluminum and steel, which gives it greater stability and improves its printing.

Monoprice MP Select Mini

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 343 x 287 x 190 mm
  • Weight : 4.5 kg
  • Print space : 120 × 120 × 120 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution 20-600 microns
  • Electric consumption : 120 W
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi, USB connection, microSD card.
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

It is one of the cheapest printers on our list, which you can get for € 200. This particular model comes assembled and calibrated from the factory, something that we do not usually see in 3D printers for this price range. In addition, it also has wireless (Wi-Fi), something unusual also for these prices.

Being so cheap, it would also have to have some limitations. The first is its small print space of just 120 × 120 × 120 mm; while the second is its printing speed. But if none of this matters to you, then go ahead.

XYZprinting da Vinci Mini

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : 390 x 335 x 360 mm
  • Weight : 6.85 Kg
  • Print space : 150 x 150 x 150 mm
  • Hot bed : Do not
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution : 100 microns
  • Electric consumption : 60 W
  • Connectivity : USB connection, Wi-Fi
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

It’s another fairly compact printer, but with a slightly larger print base. This XYZprinting is still one of the most affordable ways to access 3D printing, and also the easiest, as it comes mounted, self-calibrates alone and its interface is easy to use.

Having no warm bed, has some limitations, but still is able to create good results. Something you should keep in mind is that you must buy the PLA rolls of the brand, although there are some ways to overcome this limitation.

BQ Prusa i3 Hephestos

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : xxx
  • Weight : Xxx
  • Print space : 215 x 210 x 180 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution : 60 microns
  • Electric consumption : XXX
  • Connectivity : USB connection, SD card.
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

The Hephestos of BQ is an improved version of the well-known Prusa i3 , a printer that you can find by less than € 200 on Amazon and that for many people it may be worth more.

It is true that it does not have a closed design and its materials are not as good as that of the Hephestos 2. However, it also costs € 400 less. We have to recommend this printer because in addition to quality, it has a community and a company that takes care of it and always improves it. This may not matter before you buy it, but after doing it you will appreciate it.

da Vinci Jr.

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Specifications
  • Size : xxx
  • Weight : Xxx
  • Print space : 150 x 150 x 150 mm
  • Hot bed : Yes
  • Extruder: singular
  • Print resolution : 100 microns
  • Electric consumption : Xxx
  • Connectivity : USB connection, SD card.
To buy

The best 3D printers for all pockets

It is a somewhat expensive printer, but its closed design may be what you need. Its printing base is somewhat limited, but at least its quality is not bad. It has a self-calibration system and best of all it also has an integrated 3D scanner and an optional laser engraver.


What is a 3D printer?

3D printers are not yet common devices that can be found in all your friends’ houses. It is possible that for its higher price than conventional printers or because they seem more complicated to use. Nevertheless, Nowadays 3D printers are much simpler and cheaper than they appear.

The best 3D printers for all pockets

A 3D printer is a machine that creates objects in three dimensions with different materials. It is a machine that allows you to create what you want. But to be able to print something, a 3D model is necessary, that is, a digital representation of what we are going to print using some modeling software

What materials are used?

The most common are PLA and ABS. However, you can already find some 3D printers that print with metal, photopolymers or liquid resin.

There are other alternative filaments that allow to achieve special textures, such as:

  • Laybrick – texture similar to stone
  • Laywoo-D3 – texture similar to wood .
  • Soft PLA (FLexible PLA) – allows printing flexible objects.
  • Nylon- alternative to ABS and PLA, but more resistant and flexible.
  • Bendlay- It is flexible (like the Soft PLA) but with the peculiarity of being transparent.

The best 3D printers for all pockets

But how is it possible to create a piece with these materials?

Most printers incorporate FDM technology Fusion Deposition Modeling This technology allows to create 3D models through the deposit of the molten material by the extruder in the base. The extruder is heated to a certain temperature, and when the material passes through it, it is melted, and exits through the extruder towards the base. It cools very quickly, which allows to create solid pieces in 3D.

There are other technologies such as Stereolithography (SLA) or Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which work with a laser. However, the printers that we present today do not incorporate this technology, so we leave the explanation for another time.

Before buying a 3D printer

The best 3D printers for all pockets

Before acquiring a 3D printer you have to know what kind of use you are going to give it to and people will use it. Also, keep in mind the following parameters:

  • Resolution: The more resolution, the better the final result will be. The finer the printing line, the more detail it will have. It is measured in microns, and can range from 20 to 100 or 200.
  • Print volume: It is measured with HEIGHT * WIDTH * DEPTH. This determines the size of the objects that can be printed.
  • Number of extruders: By having several extruders you can create objects with several colors quickly. The printers that are in this article come with just one extruder, but you can replace it with a double one.
  • Materials it supports: The most common materials are ABS and PLA plastics. The main difference is that ABS is more resistant, but PLA is less harmful and more natural. This is also important in case you have the printer in a closed or open place with ventilation.
  • The company: It is very important that before buying a printer you see if they care about the after-sales service and if they improve their printers constantly.

I hope you liked our list and you know that if you have any questions or questions about the previous printers, do not hesitate to leave us a comment. Also, if you have any suggestions or there is a printer that is not in the guide, and should, let us know 🙂

Facebook Comments