With a deluge of new 3D printers released every year, there are so many options to choose from that buyers can get overwhelmed. After carefully researching all 3D printers on the market, we have narrowed down the options to these 10 3D printers. This compilation is the 3D Printer Buyer’s Guide For 2015.
This guide is an excerpt from my just released book:
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The Ultimaker 2 is still one of the easiest and most reliable 3D printers available on the market today even though it was released last year. It ships completely preassembled and comes with Cura, Ultimaker’s own open-source software. With a large build volume, heated glass bed, onboard OLED controls and illuminated interior the Ultimaker 2 is a feature rich 3D printer for all skill levels. Buyers looking for a high quality, ease to use 3D printer will do themselves a favor by picking up an Ultimaker 2.
Build Volume: 230 x 225 x 205mm
Ultimaker 2 3D Printer
Lulzbot Taz 4
The Lulzbot Taz 4 is the latest evolution in the line of versatile `Taz printers that are based off of the RepRap engine. The quality and consistency of this plug-n-play open source device has improved dramatically from previous versions. The Taz 4 has a large heated glass bed, which allows for big prints in a wide variety of filament materials. The design of the 3D printer won’t be winning any awards soon, but it is a production tool, created by engineers for engineers. This is the perfect 3D printer for makers, hackers and engineers.
Build Volume: 298 x 275 x 250mm
LulzBot TAZ 4 3D Printer
MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation)
The newest version in a pioneering line of 3D printers, the MakerBot Replicator is gem of a 3D printer with boatloads of features. Sporting an LCD interface with a sexy precision knob, cloud compatibility and an on-board camera makes the newest Replicator a powerful creation tool. The MakerBot Desktop software is incredibly easy to use and the prints are high quality as well. The MakerBot Replicator 5th generation is a quality 3D printing tool for all skillsets. While engineers and makers may have richer options, those looking for a high quality 3D printer to show off to friends that is easy to use can really not go wrong with the Replicator.
Build Volume: 252 x 199 x 150mm
MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer – 5th Generation
The Ditto Pro with its silky white finish and clean cuts is an aesthetically pleasing performance 3D printer. If anything, the unique C-shaped design sets it apart from the rest of the 3D printers. The machine has both an interchangeable extruder and print bed, a bright on-board graphic display and an SD card input slot. Not only is the print quality highly impressive, but the Ditto Pro is affordable. The Ditto Pro is designed for professionals and consumers, but is ideal for tinkerers.
Build Volume: 220 x 165 x 220mm
Ditto Pro 3D Printer
Printrbot Simple Metal
The Printrbot Simple Metal is a fun assembled 3D printer that has been upgraded significantly from previous versions. Its black powder coated all-metal construction will look slick on your desk next to your laptop and lamps. The bed is now warp resistant and leveling is simplified now with an auto-leveling probe included. Although the first Printrbots were entry-level DIY 3D printers, the Printrbot Simple Metal is a solid professional choice for an affordable price. Highly recommended for the budget conscious 3D printer shopper.
Build Volume: 150 x 150 x 150mm
Printrbot Assembled Metal Simple 3D Printer, Black, PLA Filament, 1.75mm Ubis Hot End, 6″ x 6″ x 6″ Build Volume
The BeeTheFirst 3D printer is a user-friendly printer with smart design. In fact, the machine has cleverly fused ergonomics and design in its portability. The leveling bed and spools are magnetically held together. The software is perfect for beginners and advanced users will find a repository of open-source software. The portability and usability of the BeeTheFirst 3D printer makes it a great choice for all users and skill levels.
Build Volume: 190 x 135 x125mm
BEETHEFIRST 3D Printer
Don’t let the alien name scare you, but the Zortrax M200 will print some divine things for you. Its large build volume provides for a superb printing experience. The aluminum body of the Zortrax M200 is engineered for durable prints. Although the software doesn’t allow for printing temperature control, the perforated bed and leveling system help to create a complete quality print. Overall, the Zortrax M200 is a fine machine that can print large and accurate prints.
Build Volume: 200 x 200 x 185mm
Zortrax M200 3D Printer
The Idea Builder from Dremel is the first 3D printer created by Dremel and is a product targeted towards the everyday consumer. It looks like a home appliance that you would have in your garage (or kitchen). This 3D printer is easy to get up and running. With an in-depth quick start guide, the Idea Builder is as simple to use as most of Dremel’s products have been. Price point, quality and host of features make the Idea Builder an ideal consumer friendly 3D printer for makers of all ages.
Build Volume: 230 x 150 x 140mm
Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer
Form 1+ is the upgrade over the original Form 1 from Form Labs. This time the sophisticated stereolithography printer feels and is high quality. The overall design is s suave and the prints that come out are some of the best you will be able to find in a consumer 3D printer. The prints come out faster and in even better quality before. Form Labs printers use stereolithography, which is a form of 3D printing that uses a laser to cure resin into a 3D shape as opposed to fused filament deposition where PLA or ABS plastic is layered on top of each other. The upgrades in the Form 1+ printer makes an unparalleled printer for those who want to print in high detail resign. The Form1+ 3D printer is ideal for those who are unyielding and only invest in high quality and precision.
Build Volume: 125 x 125 x 165mm
Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer
The ProJet 1200 is a professional machine targeted towards those who work in a small scale and use investment casting. The ProJet 1200 is also a stereolithography 3D printer, but how it differs from the Form 1+ is that the resin output can also be castable resin. Simple to use onboard controls and dependable quality makes ProJet 1200 an excellent professional printer. Its smaller highly detailed build volume makes it limited for those who work under such conditions like jewelers or dentists.
Build Volume: 43 x 27 x 150mm
ProJet 1200 3D Printer