3D printing is a great technology. Looking at an item that shows up for stock is something that was science fiction a short time ago but today you can get started with it for less than $ 200.
While we are sure that you are happy to look at printers and maybe even buy one for your home 3D print adventure, let's dig into some relevant terms before entering our top picks so you can make it An informed decision about your first purchase of 3D printers.
Consumer 3D printers use one of two technologies. SLA resin printers, which use an ultraviolet cured liquid plastic resin, are messy, smelly, and generally not the best choice for a beginner. The second technique, Fused Filament Fabrication, or FFF, uses a thin plastic filament melted by a heated extruder head and layered layered layers on the printer's building platform. This extruder head is moved in three dimensions while the plastic is laid down and builds up the object.
Some of the lower FFF printers are specifically aimed at younger users, but all printers shown here are suitable for beginners. If the printer you choose does not have a heated building platform, you will be limited to biodegradable PLA printing. The printers with a heated building platform can also print with ABS filaments. This is because ABS shrinks during cooling, and without a heated bed, the layers will shrink at different rates, leading to printing twisting and pulling off the construction platform during printing. Keep in mind that all these printers have heated and moving parts, so be sure to keep your hands (or kids) away from these areas when using the printer.
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Monoprice Mini Delta ($ 160)
One of the best finds in the 3D printer, Delta Mini is the lowest price-mounted mounted model that comes from a larger supplier. With a metal construction, it looks different from most other 3D printers due to its delta-three-arm extruder motion mechanism. While it looks and works somewhat differently from many other printers, the end result is the same. A good 3D print on 4.3 x 4.7 building platform.
Delta Mini has many features for the price. The heated construction platform allows you to use all types of standard 1.75 mm filaments, including PLA, ABS, and Filled Filament (Wood, Copper, Steel and Bronze). And unlike some other cheap novice 3D printers, you don't have to use proprietary filaments, you can buy filaments from many places. Delta Mini uses the open source CURA disc program, so there is a lot of help online if you need it. Connection to the Delta Mini is easy. It supports USB, Wi-Fi and microSD cards, and a free microSD card is included with models so you can get started printing right away. And the printer has automatic calibration, making it very easy to use. A color LCD screen makes it easy to control the printing process if you print from the microSD card.
Finally, the printer weighs only 10.2 pounds and has a handle at the top of the printer that makes the Delta Mini quite easy to move from place to place. But the Delta Mini has no protection around the parts of the printer that get hot, so you have to look at your hands and supervise younger children.
XYZprinting da Vinci Nano ($ 170)
While all printers in this round are suitable for beginners, da Vinci Nano is the most directly targeted at children. With its completely closed design, it helps keep curious fingers away from hot surfaces. Nano weighs just 10 pounds, so it's easy to take anywhere else, and measures only 14.9 x 11 x 14, it's small enough to fit pretty much everywhere. Although Nano is small, the construction area is a generous 4.7 x 4.7, so there are many models that can be built on it. Software for creating 3D models and printing them is included and quite easy to use. Connecting to a PC or Mac is by using a standard USB printer cable and Nano has an automatic leveling print bed, so there is no difficult calibration needed to start using the printer.
Nano does not have a heated building platform, so you are limited in what filaments you can use. ABS is out, but you can use PLA, Tough PLA and PETG. Keep in mind that like any XYZPRINTING printer, Nano uses filament coils that have an RFID chip in the coil, so it cannot be printed with filaments that you get from another provider. Filament prices are just a little higher than anywhere else, but there are lots of colors to choose from. Surprisingly, even though the construction platform is not heated, it is removable. It makes it easy to remove stubborn objects.
Finally, da Vinci Nano is simply sweet. It is difficult not to imagine a child who is not happy to have it. Just prepare to run big money for light bulbs for all the pressure your child and friends will do.
Monoprice Mini Select V2 ($ 190)
Monoprice claims that Mini Select V2 is the best-selling 3D FFF printer in the world. We can't verify it, but the printer is popular enough to have its own wiki and many users make heavy upgrades and modifications to the printer, so it's really a credible requirement. The current model is the second iteration of the printer. Mini Select is available in black or white if this is important to you.
It is clear that you are using the right packaging, since Monoprice calibrates the printer from the factory. You have to recalibrate it unless the printer was properly handled in freight. The printer comes with a microSD card that is already loaded with models and uses the popular open-source CURA cutter included on the card. The Mini Select comes with a 1.75 mm PLA filament so that you are ready to print the minute you release the printer and connect it. No USB interface included, but you can cut a model on the microSD card and print from it or connect the printer to a computer or Mac via Wi-Fi.
The Mini Select not only provides a readily available metal print bed, but the writing bed is heated so you can use all kinds of wires beyond PLA as ABS and advanced materials such as conductive PLA and wood and metal filled wires. The coils are standard without an RFID chip, so you can buy new filaments from dozens of sellers.
While it is an affordable printer to get started with 3D printing, the Mini Select is versatile to be useful even after you have the basics down. A 3.7-inch color panel gives you control over the printing process, even if you're not connected to a computer but printing from the microSD card.
XYZprinting mini w + ($ 180)
XYZprinting was one of the first suppliers to get an affordable FFF printer to the market – da Vinci 1.0 , which is still sold. The Da Vinci mini w + is much smaller and does not look impressive, but at 5.9 x 5.9 inches it offers the largest print area for all printers in this compilation. Mini w + is larger than da Vinci Nano, measuring 15.4 x 13.2 x 14.2 and weighing just over 15 pounds. It needs little space in operation, but can easily be moved if you want it out of the way when not in use.
As with most other da Vinci printers, mini w + chips use instead of standard generic thread, but while XYZprinting takes out a small premium for them, it's not a scandalous amount. The metal plate bed is not heated so you can experience twisting with other filaments than the PLA. An optional hardened steel extruder is available that allows you to print with carbon fiber filaments, the only printer in this report that can do so (although it costs you an additional $ 80). Mini w + s pressure bed is automatic leveling, so you do not have to worry about leveling the bed before printing.
As with all XYZprinting models, the mini w + comes with the vendor's own modeling and disk software, XYZmaker Suite. Both Windows and Mac operating systems are supported, and you can connect the mini w + with Wi-Fi or a USB cable.