Top 6 3D Printers of 2018

Top 6 3D Printers of 2018

To find a suitable 3D printer can take a lot of time. Each user is interested in a variety of features: speed of printing, compactness, price etc.

The choice is truly huge, and so that you don’t spend too much time, we have made a list of the best 3D printers currently available on the market.

6) FlashForge Creator Pro

This printer creates models layer by layer. Its cost starts from $1050, which puts it somewhere in the middle between professional 3D printers and budget models. But in its price segment, it is one of the leaders. User gets high quality of assembly and accuracy of printing. The minimum resolution of the layer is 100 microns, while the maximum resolution is 500 microns. Printer dimensions: 526x360x389 mm.

Pros:

  • good price/quality ratio;
  • high quality of printing.

Cons:

  • loudness.

5) M3D Micro 3D Printer

The fifth place of our ranking of the best 3D printers is occupied by a small M3D. It costs only $480 and is designed primarily for beginners. Given its size (185x185x185 mm), it is capable of printing only small items. But this is the best choice for beginners: its price is low, you can safely put it in a room, and it looks pretty attractive. It creates objects by fusing filaments.

Pros:

  • small size;
  • nice price.

Cons:

  • low printing speed;
  • printing quality is not that great.

4) Formlabs Form 2

A list of the best 3D printers would be incomplete without this device. Yes, it is quite expensive: $3 299. But spending this money, user receives excellent printing quality by stereolithography. This printer is designed for enthusiasts who know what the money will go for. It is connected to computer via USB, Wi-Fi or Ethernet. It looks rather modern. With dimensions of 350x330x520 mm, it weighs as much as 13 kg. It's a lot, but the print quality is wonderful. The minimum resolution is 25 microns; the maximum resolution is 100 microns.

Pros:

  • perfect printing quality;
  • user-friendly interface.

Cons:

  • poor reliability;
  • high price.

3) Ultimaker 2+

This printer also costs a lot: about $3 400, but, like the previous one, it will provide user with excellent printing quality. A professional printer is also very reliable and accurate. This is one of the best choices if you need to make many models with high accuracy.

It creates products layer by layer with a minimum resolution of 20 microns, and a maximum of 600 microns. With a size of 342х493х588 mm, it weighs 11.3 kg. Yes, in whatever light we view it, it’s big. But this is one of the best 3D printers.

Pros:

  • excellent printing quality;
  • supports open source software.

Cons:

  • open frame design;
  • high price.

2) XYZprinting da Vinci Mini

Don’t be confused by the word ‘Mini’ in the title: the printer's dimensions are 390x335x360 mm, and the weight is 10 kg. And this is the best low-end printer you can find. Its price is only $280. And you get a printer with fusing filaments printing technology, minimum resolution of which is 100 microns, and the maximum reaches 400 microns. At the same time, the print quality is high, which is especially pleasing, given the low cost of the device. Even a child will understand interface, and the design will satisfy a lot of aesthetes.

Pros:

  • low price;
  • ease of use;
  • best price/quality ratio.

Cons:

  • it's difficult to take away an object because of design.

1) MakerBot Replicator+

Meet the best 3D printer on the market. With the cost of $2 499, it provides unsurpassed print quality by layer-by-layer fusing. Moreover, it copes with tasks much faster than its counterparts. It is quiet, and its design allows you to place it in any room without fear of ruining the interior. The minimum resolution is 100 microns, and maximum resolution is 400 microns. Its weight is impressive: 22.8 kg, as well as the dimensions: 528х441х410 mm. But thanks to this, even large objects can be printed on it.

Pros:

  • high speed;
  • ease of use;
  • excellent design;
  • high quality printing.

Cons:

  • high price;
  • high weight.

This rating of the best 3D printers is not the ultimate truth. As already mentioned, the user must choose a device based on the thickness of the wallet and needs.

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