Best Budget Affordable Low Cost Desktop 3D Printer

3D printing has completely changed the way we manufacture plastic prototypes. Using 3D printers, plastic prototypes can be manufactured within hours. In this article we will discuss how to select the best budget 3D printers for your application. Don’t miss this article on the difference between PLA ABS and Nylon materials for FDM 3D Printing..

Selection Criteria for best affordable 3D Printer

These days 3D printers are available at a very cheap rate. You can buy the best budget 3D printer starting from $200 /-. These printers are not as good as industrial printers. But still they are widely used by students, hobbyists and small scale industry.

Following points should be considered before the selection of the best budget 3D printer for your applications. We recommend you to analyze 3D printers on these parameters to select the best 3D printer for your application.

  • 3D Printer bed Size and build volume.
  • Open or close structure.
  • Does the printer have a heated bed
  • Availability of filament.
  • Compatibility with different materials.
  • 3D printing technology.
  • Connectivity

List of Budget 3D Printers

Here is the list of various affordable budget 3D printers available in the market. These budget 3D printers can print very good quality plastic prototypes at low cost.

3D PrinterApproximate Price (USD/INR)Layer ResolutionBuild Volume (cubic mm)Print SpeedRemarks
Flash Forge Finder$349 / ₹309990.1 mm140x140x14040-200 mm/secFor Home or Classroom
Flash Forge Creator Pro$1999 / ₹740000.1 mm227X148X15010-100 mm/secDual Color Print
Da Vinci Mini w+$199.95 / ₹366050.1 mm150X150X150120 mm/secFor Hobbyist
Anycubic Photon SLA  $259 / ₹440000.025 mm115x65x155----
Tiertime Up Mini 2$500/ ₹749000.15mm120x120x120--Education Market
Prusa i3 MK3S$749 / NA0.05mm250x210x210200 mm/sec--
Monoprice MP Select Mini$169/ ₹460160.1 to 0.3 mm120x120x12055 mm/sec--
Creality3d Ender 3$189.99/ ₹159990.1 to 0.4 mm220x220x250180 mm/sChinese company

Note: Prices shown in above table are for indicative purpose only. Prices in "$" and ₹ are prices in the USA and India respectively.

FlashForge Finder is a budget 3D printer with a build volume of 140 x 140 x 140 mm and equipped with 3.5 inch color LCD for user interface. This printer is available at an affordable price of less than $350. One of the disadvantages of this printer is, It is open-face design and does not have a heated bed.

Features of FlashForge Finder
  • Connectivity : Wifi, USB, Flash Drive
  • Resolution : 0.1 mm
  • Build Volume : 140 x 140 x 140 mm
  • Filament Compatibility: PLA, PLA Color Change, Pearl, Elastic, TPU, Flexible Filament, Metal Filled Filament, and Wood Filled Filament.
  • Positioning Precision: 0.00254 mm on Z axis and  0.01 mm on XY plane

FlashForge Creator Pro is a mid range budget 3D printer with a build up volume 227x148x150 mm. It is an updated version of FlashForge Creator. This printer is available at a relatively high price of $1900.

This cheap 3D printer for professionals is capable of dual extrusion, comes with closed metal frame design and heated bed. It helps in maintaining constant temperature inside the 3D printer. Therefore this printer prints high quality 3D prints. Flashforge creator pro is the best choice for professionals or small scale industry who can not afford professional 3D printers.

Features of FlashForge Creator Pro
  • Reliable and easy to use.
  • Platform leveling system.
  • Heated aluminum bed.
  • Capable of dual extrusion.
  • Connectivity : USB, Flash drive.
  • Resolution : 0.1 mm
  • Build Volume : 227x148x150 mm
  • Filament Compatibility: PLA, TPU 95A, ABS, PETG
  • Positioning Precision: 11 micron on Z axis and  2.5 micron on XY plane

da Vinci mini w+ is a budget 3D printer with a build volume of 150 x 150 x 150 mm. This printer is equipped with an NFC chip for optimized material profile. Therefore you can not use PLA filament from other companies. de Vinci mini w+ 3D printer is available at an affordable price of less than $200.

One of the downsides of this printer is, It is open-face design and does not have a heated bed. To compensate for this, masking tape is included in the box and XYZ recommends to apply Pritt Stick type glue if the room temperature is below 25C.

Features of da Vinci mini w+
  • PLA Filament from XYZ can only be used
  • Connectivity : Wifi and USB
  • Resolution : 0.1 mm
  • Build Volume : 150 x 150 x 150 mm
  • Positioning Precision: 0.001 mm on Z axis and  12.5 microns on XY plane
  • Filament Compatibility: PLA / Antibacterial PLA / PETG / Tough PLA / XYZ Carbon Fiber* / Premium Metallic PLA* (*Optional Extruder)
  • Non-Heating Plate

Anycubic Photon SLA 3D Printer is the cheapest available budget SLA based 3D printer with a build up volume 115x65x155 mm. This printer is available at a relatively high price of $255. SLA based resin 3D printing provides better print quality and resolution compared to FDM.

Features of Anycubic Photon SLA 3D Printer
  • SLA Based 3D Printer
  • Better print quality and Resolution
  • Connectivity : USB
  • Resolution : 0.025 mm
  • Build Volume : 115 x 65 x 155 mm
  • Material : 405nm photosensitive resin
  • Positioning Precision: 47 microns on XY plane
  • Supports off line Printing

Tiertime Up Mini 2 is a budget 3D printer with a build volume of 120 x 120 x 120 mm and equipped with 4 inch touch color LCD for user interface. This printer is available at an affordable price of less than $500.

UP Mini 2 budget 3D printer is capable of reducing exposure to particle emissions with the built-in HEPA filtration system. It also has an auto-leveling and auto height detection feature.

Features of Tiertime Up Mini 2
  • Equipped with 4 inch touch screen LCD
  • Connectivity : Wifi, USB, Flash Drive
  • Resolution : 0.15 mm
  • Build Volume : 120 x 120 x 120 mm
  • Filament Compatibility: ABS, ABS+, PLA, PLA Composites, Conductive, Wood, Bronze, Flexible, Nylon, Polycarbonate, Carbon Fiber, PET, ASA and more
  • Non-Heating Plate
  • Recirculating HEPA Filter and activated carbon

Original Prusa i3 MK3S is a mid-range budget 3D printer with a build volume of 250 x 210 x 210 mm and equipped with LCD for user interface. This printer is available at an affordable price of less than $750.

Features of Original Prusa i3 MK3S
  • Connectivity : USB and Flash Drive
  • Resolution : 0.05 mm
  • Build Volume : 250 x 210 x 210 mm
  • Filament Compatibility: PLA, ABS, PET, HIPS, Flex PP, Ninjaflex, Laywood, Laybrick, Nylon, Bamboofill, Bronzefill, ASA, T-Glase, Carbon-fibers enhanced filaments, Polycarbonate
  • Print Surface: Heated bed with cold corner compensation
Monoprice MP Select Mini is a cheapest budget 3D printer with a build volume of 120 x 120 x 120 mm. This printer is available at an affordable price of less than $170. This affordable printer is the best choice for hobbyists and school children.
Features of Monoprice MP Select Mini
  • Equipped with multiple color LCD
  • Connectivity : Micro USB and Micro SD Card
  • Resolution : 0.1 mm
  • Build Volume : 120 x 120 x 120 mm
  • Filament Compatibility: ABS, PLA, Wood Fill, Copper Fill, Steel Fill, Bronze Fill
  • Open Structure
  • Non-Heating Plate

Creality3D Ender 3 is a cheap budget 3D printer with a build volume of 220 x 220 x 20 mm. This printer is available at an affordable price of less than $190. This affordable printer is the best choice for hobbyists and school children.

Features Creality3d Ender 3
  • DIY Kit
  • Connectivity : Wifi, USB, Flash Drive
  • Resolution : 0.1 mm
  • Build Volume : 220 x 220 x 250 mm
  • Filament Compatibility: ABS/PLA, TPU, WOOD, FLEXIBLE, Carbon firber, PA
  • Positioning Precision: ±0.1 mm
  • Non-Heating Plate

To sum up, With the advancement of additive manufacturing technology, Desktop 3D printers are becoming more affordable and in the reach of the common man. 

I will keep adding more 3D printers to the list of best Budget 3D Printers. Please add your comments or questions on Best low cost 3D Printers. We suggest you also read this article on various types of metal 3D printers.

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