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Best Budget 3D Printers

3D printing has completely changing the way we manufacture plastic prototypes. Using 3D printer prototypes can be manufactured within hours. In this article we will discuss best budget 3D printers and their features.

List of Budget 3D Printers

Manufacturers are selling 3D printers at very cheap rate. Anyone can buy a budget 3D printer with starting price of approx 200 USD. These printers are not as good as industrial printers. But still they are very useful for students, hobbyists and small scale industry.

This article covers the list of Desktop affordable budget 3D printers available in market. These budget 3D printers gives very good quality 3D prints 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/ ₹749000.15mm120x120x120Education 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. Price in “$” and ₹ are prices in USA and India respectively.

FlashForge Finder

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 downsides of this printer is, It is open-face design and does not have a heated bed.

Features
  • 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

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

This cheap 3D printer for professional is capable of dual extrusion, comes with closed metal frame design and heated bed. It helps in maintaining constant temperature inside 3D printer. Therefore It 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
  • 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+

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 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
  • 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 

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

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
  • 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

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
  • 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

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 best choice for hobbyist and school children’s.
Features
  • 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

Creality3D Ender 3 is a cheapest 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 best choice for hobbyist and school children’s.

Features
  • 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

Conclusion

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

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