With the wide range of 3D printers that you have available to you we decided to rank them whilst looking at build quality, price, sales and ease of use. Although these printers are ranked as the “top 5 3D printers” this does not necessarily mean they will necessarily be the best buy for your requirements.
5. XYZ da Vinci Colour
Although the printer is yet to be released the technology that is packs along with the print quality deems it to be number 5 on the list. This new launch from XYZ printing offers you the ability to inject ink into your print and therefore colour your print without changing filament. Furthermore, the printer is also relatively easy to use due to XYZ’s Maker Design software which cannot only let you design your own prints but the software also offers you to download other prints. The only thing that could be said negatively against this printer is its price. The da Vinci Colour 3D is set to retail for around $3000 once it is released in November. This might possibly be one of the reasons why people are reluctant to buy it especially those who are new to 3D printing. Alternatively, if you are experienced with 3D printing or just find the concept behind the XYZ da Vinci Colour better than the tradition 3D printer and are willing to look past the price point then it is a great printer to get your hands on.
4. CEL RoboxDual
Small in stature but not in quality. The main benefit of the CEL RoboxDual is its dual extruder paired with its compact size which makes it the number 4 on our countdown. The dual extruder allows another filament to be loaded which helps to save time since you do not have to empty out the previous extruder and therefore making prints easier to complete. Additionally, with the dual extruder you have the chance to make multicoloured prints since you have the option to switch between filament. There are a few drawbacks to the printer, one of which is the small build volume which is a direct result of the small size of the printer. Also, compared to other printers the print quality isn’t as clean. Saying that, the software and hardware provide for a great user experience with the normal Robox winning best Plug ‘N’ Play of 2017 you already know that RoboxDual is not going to disappoint. The CEL RoboxDual is not only great for those with experience but with people who are new to 3D printing this is easily one of the best on the market to begin printing in the shortest time possible.
3. CraftBot 2 3D Printer with Wi-Fi module
Straight away the immediate benefit of using the CraftBot 2 is the fact that it’s Wi-fi connected which allows you to print wirelessly. In order for this wireless connectivity to work, you need to have CraftUnique’s application installed on your PC which is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux. Although it may not have a dual extruder like the CEL RoboxDual, it is able to create high quality prints with a 100-micron resolution. When looking at the ease of use of the CraftBot, the LCD touch screen helps to make the printing process as painless as possible. The screen provided an option for you to stop and resume your print if you aren’t able to oversee the duration of the it. However, this isn’t the only thing that can be done whilst printing. There is also a feature that allows you to change the printing parameters whilst the printing is still going on. Even though the CraftBot 2 does not have a bigger build size compared to the CraftBot XL, it does make up for it on usability. The CraftBot 2 is great for beginners due to its ease of use but it is also catered for more advanced 3Ders since it has the ability to print such precise layers.
2. XYZ da Vinci Mini
When looking for things to buy we tend to follow the misconception that if you pay more you will get a better-quality product or service. In most cases this is true that is why it may be surprising that a 3D printer that costs under £250 is at number 2. This is due to the value you are getting for your money. No, you do not get a dual extruder like you do with the RoboxDual or an LCD screen like you do with a CraftBot 2 but you do get a fully functional 3D printer with reasonable build quality. The build quality may not be the best you have seen, although you are still able to create some decent prints. There is one drawback to the Mini, it only takes XYZ Junior filament which is locked to the printer but this ensures that there is a lower chance of the head becoming jammed creating the cleanest print possible. Furthermore, the XYZware software lets you move the objects you are printing around on a virtual print bed giving you the option to do two prints at a time if they are small enough. Even though the software doesn’t let you break down each layer like other company’s software it still does the job. Overall, even though the print quality may not have the best resolution, it is still an amazing printer for being below £250 thus deserving a spot at number 2.
1. Makerbot Replicator+
At the top of our list is the Makerbot Replicator+. The printer has a 30% faster print time than its predecessor and also a 25% larger build volume. These were not the only upgrades, Makerbot redesigned the gantry and z-stage rails which helped to increase precision. Therefore, this has resulted in the printer being able to print with finer detail and also being able to do multiple prints at a time if they all fit within the build plate. Additionally, the printer has a built-in camera which allows you to check in on your printing from your device. When the machine is out of the box, it is easy to set up with its LED screen as well as the factory-levelled build plate so you can get printing straight away. Another tool that can help you to print is Makerbot’s community Thingiverse which offers users thousands of designs for them to download and print making your printing possibilities endless. However, on really intricate designs the printer may struggle but this problem would arise with a majority of printers and can be addressed by making the print slightly larger. With a price point of approximately £2,500 there is no denying that it is more on the expensive side but the quick set up, wireless connectivity, upgraded aspects, build in camera and factory levelled plate along with its good print quality make this printer worth at least three quarters of its price point helping it to secure number 1 on the countdown.
As a whole, all of these 3D printers on the list can be good purchases for you or your business. Nevertheless, there may be printers that are not on this list that would be more beneficial to your needs. Therefore, before you buy your 3D printer I would advise that you do your research. If you are still unsure on which 3D printer to buy then call us on 01753 552 222 and we will help you to decide which model is the best.