3D printing is an incredibly feat of technology, and a decade ago it was only an option for NASA scientists and mechanical engineers. Now, anyone can print their own models at home. This large and growing hobby isn’t as hard to get into as many think, and there are now plenty of reliable and affordable 3D printers on the market. Not to mention, there are a plethora of websites and forums eager to welcome newbies and help you secure exceptional 3D designs — which you can print on your shiny new system. So, whether you’ve yet to dive into this burgeoning community and you’re shopping for your first printer, or you’re already a salty veteran looking to take your prints to the next level, our roundup of the best 3D printer deals is sure to have something to please.
The Creality Ender-3 Pro is so massively popular you may not realize that the “3” indicates that it is a part of a series. Stepping back from one of today’s favored 3D printers to take a look at its predecessor reveals just how cheap a 3D printer can be obtained in the current year. This filament-based printer has no built-in shielding, no camera, and utilizes a very simple interface, but if you’re wanting to save a ton of money and play around with 3D printing without a big overhead charge, this is probably the best pathway to do so.
The Monoprice MP Cadet 3D Printer is a fantastic entry-level 3D printer that will help you learn the ins and outs of the field, get your hands dirty, and make a few good prints. This 3D printer is tiny, which means a smaller printing area (3.9 x 4.1 x 3.9 inches), but also less storage area. As such it is perfect for kids, with its 8.5 x 7.9 x 10.6 inch body (which is only 6.6 pounds) fitting perfectly in their hands and, when not in use, their bookshelves. To further its simpleness, the MP Cadet 3D Printer has an auto-leveling bed and uses PLA and PLA Pro filament, which is by and far the best filament (a 3D printer’s version of ink or toner) for beginners to use.
The Mars 4 Max is a 6K resolution 3D printer that uses resin to make figurines and other objects. It’s print volume is 7.71 x 4.81 x 5.9 inches, making it adequate for small tabletop armies, roleplaying characters, your D&D avatar, and jewelry. It utilizes the VoxelDance Tango slicing software, which allows for different printing modes depending on your aim, speed or accuracy of the print. It’s a minor point, but the machine is boxy, compact, and covered by a striking red cover. More than just a tool, this one can certainly be a conversation starter.
The Creality Resin 3D Printer Halot-Mage is an 8K printer that uses resin as opposed to filament. When we compare FDM and SLA 3D printers (the Halot-Mage and all resin printers are SLA printers), we see that SLA printers make better resolution prints but also tend to be more expensive than their FDM counterparts. The Halot-Mage gives us a counterbalance to that price claim, and especially so while on sale. Acting as a sort of entry portal to the land of SLA printing, the Halot-Mage has a printing area of 8.97 x 5.03 x 9.05 inches, printing at an impressive planar detail level of 29.7 microns. With the kit also comes 3 months of free access to Chitubox Pro (~$48 value) for preprocessing your prints.
The Anycubic Photon M3 Max is a one of the most powerful 3D printers you can get. It has an impressive 11.7 x 6.5 x 11.8 inch printing area and does so in 8K. SLA printing, which uses lights and lasers, is dependent upon light to print. The Anycubic Photon M3 Max uses an array of LED lights to get the light not only just right but also evenly distributed. The effect? Fast printing. And, the Anycubic Photon M3 Max won’t let that fast printing get the best of you. How so? By automatically feeding more resin into your well when it gets low, kinda like those automatic plant waterers. The result is a hassle-free print that doesn’t have to be babysat to the utmost degree.
There are a lot more 3D printers out there, including ones on sale. Take a look at these, too:
- Anycubic Kobra 2 Neo —
- Creality Ender 3 Neo —
- Flashforge Finder 3 —
- Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro —
- Anycubic Kobra Max —
- Elegoo Saturn 3 Ultra —
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