The 3D printing technology was first introduced in 1980s and available commercially after 2010. There are many 3D printer companies but the problem is the high price for personal use. This technology is still very expensive but some crowdsourcing ventures have developed it at a less price tag. The manufacturers of these printers have many models and their prices vary according to their model and features. Some of them are already hitting the market while others are on a preorder position and they will come in the next year. Here are 12 cheapest 3D printers that you can have to turn your 3D creations in reality.
12. Deezmaker Bukito Mini
The Bukito Mini is a very steady and accurate printer. It is light, portable and weighs roughly six pounds. It has a very small printing area of 5″ x 6″ x 5″. In a crowdfunding campaign, Deezmaker raised more than four times the minimum funds required to start the production. Deezmaker launched this model particularly for the commercial and educational market. There are many other models that are available at higher prices with lots of advanced features.
11. PortaBee 3D Printer
The PortaBee Company, founded in 2011 with the aim of bringing personal 3D printers to every home. It is a unique mobile printer to create small objects. It has a build volume of 4.7″ x 6.3″ x 4.7″ with an error accuracy of 50 microns. It comes with the features of automatic calibration which automatically detects a level plane. You can also fold and take it anywhere with you.
Rigidbot was funded by Kick Starter crowdfunding campaign. Rigidbot sells 3D printer as a kit or fully assembled. It has a wide range of printers up to $950. Rigidbot allows you to customize your printer according to your needs. It is fully expandable in X, Y and Z direction. There are thousands of free designs available online which are compatible with the Rigidbot printers.
9. The Buccaneer
The Buccaneer comes with mobile printing and cloud WiFi printing which allows you to control it using an Android or iOS app. You can also customize its size to print the desired object. It can build the object of maximum size of 15 x 10 x 12 cm and has a minimum later width of 100 microns. All the raw materials used by it, is food safe, so you can also print plates or cups for home use.
Romscraj is a Singapore based company which manufactures and sells fully aluminium made printers. They are more resistant to climate change including temperature change and corrosion. It can build the maximum object of 20.2 x 16.2 x 16.2 cm. It also features a heated printbed which is controlled by the software to provide more flexibility.
7. Phoenix Printer
Phoenix 3D Printer is a fully functional basic printer for families that comes with its own unique 3D printing software. It has a large build volume of 9.8″ x 8.5″ x 7.9″. It is popular in printing industries because it gives one of the lowest costs per cubic inch print area. It has many unique features such as it allows you to pause the printing in the middle and you can rewind it to correct the point and continue from there.
6. Printrbot Simple Maker
Printrbot is one of the best 3D printers that work with both ABS and PLA filament. You can also buy a DIY kit for less than $350. Printrbot has four different kinds of printers according to their price and technical specifications. It can build up to object of 4″ x 4″ x 4″ and has a print speed of 60 mm per second. If you want to try 3D printing as soon as possible then this is the best option because they claim to ship the product same day.
5. Cobblebot Printer
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Cobblebot Printer features a 15″ x 15″ x 15″ build space and a hot end that can handle a very high temperature up to 400 degree Celsius. Cobblebot is a crowdfunded company and gets almost four times the minimum target amount. It is a very reliable 3D printer and prints in professional quality. With the raised fund, Cobblebot Company has made around 400 printers and deciding to build more printers with more funds.
4. Micro 3D Printer
Micro 3D Printer is the only printer that has Micro Motion Technology, a next generation innovation in 3D printing industry. It comes with plug and print feature and a unique printing software interface that allows you to scroll through printed digital objects. It is very lightweight and one of the fastest printers in the market available for personal use.
The MakiBox printer is very easy to use and is a good option for who wants to try out the 3D printing for the first time. It is capable of using all three types of raw materials including ABS, PLA and PVA. It is very compact and light weighted machine that brings simplicity and durability. It has a printing dimension of 15 x 11 x 9 cm, this means that it only print small objects.
2. MendelMax 1.5 RepRap Printer
The MendelMax 1.5 RepRap Printer is an open source 3D printer and you can print almost every machine parts or even a new machine. It has a very large build volume of 21.5 x 23.5 x 19 cm and has the highest number of colors of filament than any other 3D printer manufacturing company. The minimum selling price set for this printer is $150 but you can also get it as low as $105 from many online sources.
1. Peachy Printer
The Peachy Printer has a unique printing technology of liquid light sensitive resin that solidifies from a laser beam. This new method is very inexpensive and gets more than 13 times the initial funds from Kickstarter campaign. It can print a cube of side 1 cm in only 20 minutes and has a minimum accuracy of 0.2 mm. It comes with non-assembled parts but don’t worry, you don’t need to have experience in electronics to assemble it.