Ready, Set, Print! Which 3D Printer do you think is the best?

 

3D printing has grown substantially over the last couple of years. Because of this,several 3D printer companies started popping up. Each of these companies have printers with special features and others that aren’t all that special. However, one reason why people are hesitant to buy one is the price.The common mentality for this is that you HAVE to buy a super expensive printer if you want a good one. As this is true for most printers, there are some cheaper printers that do more than some of the expensive ones. In this review, I will show the best 3D printers to get that won’t break the bank and are the best 3D printers for home use.

In order tochoose the right printer, you have to think about a couple differentfactors. An obvious factor is cost, which was one of my main factors. Because of high costs, some companies send you either partially orcompletely disassemble printers, which can drive costs downdrastically.

However, a factoralmost as important as cost is build space. This tells you how big ofa part you can make. Another very important factor is printingresolution. Similar to image resolution, it tells you how sharp ornatural the print will look. Max printing speed is also important toknow. 3D printers usually take a long time to print things, rangingfrom a few hours to a few days, depending on the print and theprinting speed of the printer. Choosing a printer with a fastprinting speed will let the printer finish parts quicker. With thesefactors in mind, I created a list of  the top 7 printers I found.

The Following listranks the printers in order from worst to best: Makerbot Replicator+,Artemis 300 ARP, Flashforge Finder, Robo C2  , M3D Printer, Prusia i3Anet A8, and the Creality CR-10 SR. As I said previously, I rankedthese for what you get at the price of the printer. For Example, theArtemis 300 ARP has the highest resolution, the biggest build spaceand a very fast time compared to the other printers on my list.However, the price of the printer is $1,999, which made it one of themost expensive printers as well. The M3D printer came in third simplybecause it offered high resolution, a moderate build space and amoderate speed for it’s price of $999. There were other printers thatcost less, but came with either a small build space, a slow speed, ornot a very good printing resolution. Second and first place fell toprinters that needed to be assembled, which significantly cuts costfor what you get. However, the small downside of building the printeryourself is about the only downside for these printers. They comewith big build spaces measuring almost a foot in some areas. Both thespeed and resolution of the printers are pretty moderate: not toofast or precise, but not too slow and inaccurate.

The market of 3Dprinters is ever growing and changing, both in a Technological andbusiness sense. So, it’s important to know what you’re looking for ina 3D Printer, before you look at prices. If you were to tell me thatyou were thinking of buying a 3D printer, I would not hesitate toshow you the Prusia i3 Anet A8 or the Crealtiy CR-10 SR.

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CrealityCR-10 SR

Prusiai3 Anet A8

M3Dprinter

RoboC2

FlashforgeFinder

Artemis300 ARP

MakerbotReplicator+ 

#4 Formlabs Form 2

A printer with a 6 x 6 x 7 inch build space, build speed is 3 cm/hour in a vertical direction, it prints using a light sensitive resin (instead of using filaments), and a printing resolution of 25 microns. The Price for this printer is pretty steep: $3,499. Based on the information and the commercials I have seen for this printer, it seems to be directed more at manufacturing than for home use. 

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#5 MonnRay Desktop Printer

A printer with a 4.3(D) x 4.7(H) build space, a printing speed of 1 in/hour in a veritcal direction, it prints using resin ( instead of using filaments), and has printing resolution of 20 microns. Although this is marketed as a "desktop printer" the price for this guy is $3,999. To me, this seems like an unequal ratio of features to money.  

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