Best 3D Printers

Buying the right 3D printer is an important step for anyone. It can be daunting seeing so many different brands and types so I’ve put together a simple, but effective list of the best 3D printers out there.

AnyCubic I3 Mega

This 3D printer really is an all-round great printer.  It has a large build volume of 210 x 210 x 205mm and a sturdy metal frame to reduce the vibration from the printer which will improve your print quality. It’s jam-packed full of useful features that you will love and only requires 2 steps to assemble which can take around 10-20 minutes.

The print bed is something that needs to be of quality so your prints have a good foundation. The AnyCubic I3 Mega has exactly that, with a micro-porous coating, great adhesion for easy removal, and has fast, even heating.

Functions

  • Responsive touch screen –  user friendly interface, multi-language, full color
  • Filament detection – auto pause when your filament runs out or breaks
  • Power loss resume – simple one-click to continue where your print left off

On top of this, there is a one year machine warranty for peace of mind.

When you purchase this printer, it comes with a lovely assortment of items to assist with your future prints. It comes with:

Test filament, 1kg filament (random colour), extra nozzles, nozzle cleaning pin, a scraper, tweezers, an extra print head, pliers, gloves, a tool kit and more.

Specifications:

  • Printing Technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)
  • Layer Resolution: 0.05-0.3 mm
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm
  • Support Print Materials: PLA, ABS, HIPS, WOOD, etc.
  • Build Dimensions : 210 x 210 x 205mm
  • Printer Dimensions: 405 x 410 x 453mm

Pros

  • Great price
  • Compatible with many materials
  • Easy setup
  • Package deal with many spares

Cons

  • Manual levelling rather than auto levelling
  • Wiring untidy due to design

This printer really is a great choice,  it’s an excellent starter 3D printer package that will give you great quality prints without the high price tag that you tend to see out there.

Creality Ender 3

The Creality Ender 3 printer is a staple in the 3D printing industry and probably the most popular out there. It has a whole host of features that go above and beyond for the user and really is a printer for the community.

It has a really smart design, with quiet and smooth operation, with a real focus on safety and performance.

Budget wise, the Creality Ender 3 is a great option and has the most numbers behind it so you have the social proof behind it’s quality. The build volume is 220 x 220 x 250mm which is very modest and a massive upside is that it’s open source. People have the ability to hack and modify this printer to it’s biggest potential.

Functions

  • Metal heatbed for fast heating (190° F in 5 minutes)
  • Control board with resume printing function
  • Open source printer
  • 200mm/s printing speed

It has improvements in the parts used to make this printer which make it an overall smooth, easy to use 3D printer. If you have kids who want to use a 3D printer, it’s great from STEM projects to help children discover their interests.

This printer does require some assembly, so depending on your DIY experience can take some time (an hour or so), but once it’s done you will really appreciate what this printer can do. It’s a very reliable and sturdy printer

The print quality of this 3D printer is second to none, with very solid, smooth builds at your request.

Pros

  • Most popular 3D printer
  • Compatible with many materials
  • Open source
  • Very reliable with great reviews all-round

Cons

  • Takes quite some time to assemble
  • Built plate is not totally flat, but this shouldn’t cause issues.
  • No auto levelling
  • No out of filament sensor