How to Choose the Best 3D Printer for You

How to Choose the Best 3D Printer for You

You’ve reached the decision that you now want to get into 3D printing and you might feel overwhelmed by all your options, but don’t let that get to you because we have listed the best 3D printers on the market.

Hopefully, this article will help aid you in your decision of which 3D printer you will purchase.

Important Factors to Look for

  • Printing Speed
  • Extruders 
  • Connectivity 
  • Assembled / Kit
  • Additional Features

Below is listed the top 3D printers available on the market today for you to choose from:

1: MakerBot Replicator+

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The MakerBot Replicator+ is easily one of the best 3D printers on the market.
It is fast and very user-friendly. It is a great 3D printer if you are just starting out and what to dip your toes into the world of 3D printing.

The MakerBot Replicator+ is the MakerBot Replicators successor; it does everything the previous model can do, and some. What is most noticeable, is how quiet and faster it is compared to the previous model. This printer can be a bit on the pricey side but is completely worth it if you want high-quality 3D prints.

Specs:

  • Technology: FDM
  • Minimum Layer Resolution: 100 microns
  • Maximum Layer Resolution: 400 microns
  • Weight: 22.8 kg
  • Dimensions: 528 x 441 x 410 mm

2: M3D Micro 3D Printer

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If you’re wanting to save space and money, then the M3D Micro 3D Printer might be an attractive option for you.
This printer is excellent for people starting out with 3D printing. Its low price makes it a reasonable purchase.
Don’t be fooled by its size because the M3D Micro 3D Printer means business.

The M3D Micro 3D Printer is another printer that supplies very high-quality prints and is extremely quiet; you might even forget that it’s there. It is not recommended that you purchase this printer for big projects because its only capable of printing small objects such as figurines. It’s an excellent first 3D printer.

Specs: 

  • Techonology: Fused Filament Fabrication
  • Minimum Layer Resolution 50 microns
  • Maximum Layer Resolution: 350 microns
  • Weight: 1kg
  • Dimensions: 185 x 185 x 185 mm

3: FlashForge Creator Pro 2017

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If you’re on the hunt for a 3D printer that is reasonably priced and can produce one of the best quality prints on the market, then go for the Flashforge Creator Pro 2017.

The Flashforge 2017 is priced well between cheap and expensive 3D printers and delivers the excellent quality that you expect in a  3D printer. It may not be the cheapest 3D printer on the market, but it delivers some of the highest quality prints; almost mimicking the MarketBot Replicator + in terms of quality prints.
Another cool thing about the Flashforge creator pro is that it already comes pre-assembled with only a few things needing to be attached. The Flashforge Creator Pro is a step up from its predecessor and comes with an upgraded levelling system and has dual extruders.

The only downside to the Flashforge Creator Pro 2017 is that it can be a tad noisy. Apart from that, this is a great option to go with if you wish to delve deeper into 3D printing.

Specs: 

  • Technology: FDM
  • Minimum Layer Resolution: 100 microns
  • Maximum Layer Resolution: 500 microns
  • Dimensions: 526 x 360 x 389

4: CubePro Trio

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This awesome printer is best for people that wish to produce 3D prints with multiple colours. This is a cool feature because most home 3D printers only allow for one colour to be printed.

As great as this printer sounds, it doesn’t produce the highest quality of 3D Prints and it can be expensive to run.The CubePro Trio 3D printer is a go-to option for people that like to create objects that have moving parts.

Specs: 

  • Technology: FDM
  • Minimum Later Resolution: 70 microns
  • Maximum Layer Resolution: 300 microns
  • Weight: 41kg
  • Dimensions: 578 x 591 x 578 mm

5: Ultimaker 2+

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The Ultimaker 2+ is a popular choice amongst professional. This 3D printer can produce some of the highest quality material out there. It is incredibly reliable and unbelievably accurate when it comes to printing,

This is the perfect 3D printer for seasoned users as opposed to beginners. It is very expensive, but it is a great investment if you know exactly what you are doing and have been printing in 3D for a long time.

This printer is better suited in a professional environment instead of at home.

Specs: 

  • Technology: FDM
  • Minimum Layer Resolution: 20 microns
  • Maximum layer resolution: 600microns
  • Weight: 11.3 kg 
  • Dimensions: 342 x 493 x 588

These are in my opinion,  the top 3D printers out there that you can purchase. There are many more 3D printers being sold but these are the best options if you are new to 3D printing or are looking for a new upgrade.