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Best 3d printers

3d printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file by laying down successive layers of material. While engineers and designers have been using large and expensive 3D printers for nearly 3 decades, over the years, this technology has become more and more affordable. Now, we are able to print almost anything right in our homes. President Barack Obama declared in his recent speech that 3D printing “has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost anything.” Compared to commercial 3D printers, these personal 3D printers are affordable and fit on your desktop.
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The world's best-selling desktop SLA 3D printer. Although on the pricey side ($3,299), the Formlabs Form 1+ 3D printer is elegant in its simplicity, and more capable of producing accurate models with detailed intricacy than any other 3D printer. Unlike more popular fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D desktop printers that melt and extrude layers of polymer filament, the Form 1+ employs stereolithography (SLA). The printer uses a highly accurate, 405nm-beam violet laser to draw a pattern in a ...
Based in Budapest, Hungary; CraftUnique is one of the newest manufacturers on the market. The company launched their first printer, the Craftbot, on Indiegogo in August 2014 and smashed their campaign goal by 614% after raising $245,547 during their funding period. The goal was simple: create an easy-to-use and affordable 3D printer. The CraftBot is a low-cost FDM printer with a relatively large 250 x 200 x 200 build volume. It prints with PLA, ABS and HIPS materials with a maximum resolut...
The Da Vinci 1.0 is a low-budget 3D printer of Taiwanese origin. It ships with a closed printing area to allow for a more stable printing temperature. ABS and PLA are amongst the printable materials supported by its filament cartridge system.
The open source Prusa Steel was originally designed as a remix of Twelvepro's redesign of Josef Prusa's i3. It was first presented as a prototype named Leonardo by Irobri in April 2013 after having attended a Maker show in Zaragoza, Spain. Made from 3mm laser cut steel for added durability, the Prusa Steel has several advantages over the standard (non-steel) Prusa i3. In addition to a simple assembly design that eliminates the need for unnecessary parts, the use of structural steel reduc...
The Makergear M2 is a well-designed and reliable 3D printer. Founded in 2009, Makergear manufactures its 3rd generation M2 3D printers in Beachwood, Ohio. The M2 printer is built on a solid steel chassis – a detail that gives it a reliable and sturdy structure. Thanks to the solid construction, Makergear owners unanimously praise the solid engineering and have called it “bulletproof” or “built like a tank” thanks to high precision rails and quality components. Equipped with a...
The Mini is the smallest FDM printer by Aleph Objects. It has a buildvolume of 15x15x16cm. The Mini prints with any 3mm filament. It reaches a maximum resolution of 50 microns. Lowest resolution is 500 microns.
With a white box design featuring a well-lit open front and semi-translucent sides, the unmistakable Ultimaker 2 is the flagship 3D printer from Geldermalsen, Netherlands-based Ultimaker. Exterior design elements aside, it is also one of the desired 3D printers for its balance of price and printing abilities, too. Considered by many to be one of the most solid all-around 3D printers on the market, the Ultimaker 2 is capable of printing at an accuracy of up to 20 microns, a resolution tha...
Are you looking for a desktop 3D printer with the reliability of an industrial machine? Polish manufacturer Zortrax prides themselves at manufacturing one of the top choices in 3D printers available today. After launching on Kickstarter in 2013, the company's M200 delivered on its original campaign promise of combining ease of use with professional quality. Made from sturdy aluminum, the M200 is capable of printing straight out of the box with very little setup. Thanks to an automated plat...
This Delta 3D printer kit originally started as a campaign on Indiegogo in 2012 and raised an impressive 777% of its initial target goal of $10,000. Since then, the Rostock MAX has only increased in popularity, and it's without a doubt one of the coolest looking machines out there with its insect-like structure. The main selling point of the Rostock is certainly the Delta style robot system instead of the traditional Cartesian style used by most other desktop 3D printers. This design off...

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Originating from a Kickstarter campaign, the CEL Robox was successfully funded (£280.891 raised on a £100.000 goal) on December 21st, 2013. Located in Portishead, U.K., CEL manufactures their award winning FDM printer with features like an interchangeable print head, a heated build plate and auto-leveling, to name a few.
The Factory 2.0 printer of the printing field of 500 milimeters in each axis will comply with expectations of even the most demanding users. It’s completely new construction guarantees stability and its big touchscreen allows for easy use, without the need of connecting the machine to a computer.