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In recent years, 3D printing technology has gone from a cutting-edge novelty to a growing and popular industry for new startups. Entrepreneurs and consumers alike can use 3D printers to create useful products ranging from jewelry and light fixtures to replicas of human tissue.

This revolutionary manufacturing process allows startups to create fast, affordable prototypes to attract investors and set ideas in motion. Here are 10 startups blazing the 3D printing trail.Natural MachinesCredit: Natural MachinesTheNatural Machines Foodinicreates, as the company says, real food. 3D printed. Foodini uses real, fresh ingredients that are prepared before printing, with the main idea of promoting cooking with fresh ingredients. The company hopes to encourage people to create homemade food, when they would otherwise be discouraged to do so because it can be difficult and time-consuming.

Foodini connects to the internet and has a built-in touch screen that allows users to choose recipes. Once the recipe is chosen, Foodini will instruct what food to put in each capsule, and then the printing begins. While Foodini is not available to the public yet, you can sign up for email notifications about the companys progress.SOLSCredit: SOLSSOLSuses 3D printing, computer vision and data mapping to measure and analyze feet to make returning shoes for size issues a thing of the past. The company developed a system called SIZERIGHT that matches customers unique anatomy to the perfect shoe.

SOLS has teamed up with RYKA to design a custom fit insole for the RykaFit Professional, and they hope to work with even more companies in the future to collaborate and create custom insoles for customers using their MAPP3D technology. Interested customers can sign up for exclusive access to the companys private beta.Banneya LondonCredit: Banneya (Allegra Hicks Olive Branch Collection)Launched in January of 2016,Banneyais a contemporary, customizable, made-to-order jewelry company that uses 3D printing for precious metals.

Banneya says it is creating the retailer of the future with its digital modeling technology because it allows designers to create unique jewelry pieces made to order for each customer. All pieces can be customized and feature design elements that are impossible to create with traditional fabrication methods.Food InkCredit: Food InkYouve never seen a restaurant kitchen like this one:Food Inkhas created the worlds first 3D-printing restaurant, meaning that everything from the food you eat to the furniture you sit on has been created using a 3D printer.

The restaurants are in the pop-up stage, and had been solely in Europe until this year. They are planning a world tour, with major cities in the U.S. making the list. The dates havent been announced yet, but you can be sure the experience will be worth the wait.MakiesCredit: MakiesEver wish your kid could have a doll thats completely custom-made to their liking?Makiesuses 3D printing and other nu-manufacturing techniques to deliver customized and unique toys on demand.

As the company relocates its manufacturing process to the U.S., online orders are temporarily suspended, but when its back up and running, customers can name their dolls, pick out their clothes, and any unique features that are desired. The company advises checking its website or contacting its customer service department to find out when Makies will be available again.OrganovoCredit: Based on San Diego,Organovois a biotech startup focused on the development of 3D printed biological materials, particularly human tissues. Since the companys founding in 2007, it has pioneered research in 3D bioprinting, creating synthetic tissues that function just like real human tissues.

Materials printed at Organovo help researchers study diseases and allow them to test the effects of drugs on human tissue without putting anyone at risk. The company is also working on printing materials like liver tissue that can be used to medical implants or replacements.Pirate 3DCredit: mAnother startup making waves in the 3D printing world isPirate 3D, a Palo Alto-based company with dreams of bringing 3D printers into everyones home office.Another startup making waves in the 3D printing world is Pirate 3D, a Palo Alto-based company with dreams of bringing 3D printers into everyones home office.

After a Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $1.5M, the company recently launched its Buccaneer desktop printer, which makes it easy for first-timers to print their first 3D project. With the Windows, Android or iOS app, users can print objects wirelessly via their home WiFi network.SpuniCredit: Spuni.comNo one has ever been accused of being born with a 3D-printed spoon in their mouth until now.Spuni, the ergonomically designed baby spoon, was created by two MIT grads fed up with the mess that accompanies feeding a baby from a regular spoon.

To make their Spuni dreams come true, the products creators used 3D printing to design and perfect a prototype that they could test on hungry babies. After a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2016, the company raised enough money to produce its first round of spoons, which can be ordered online and shipped to your doorstep.XJetCredit: XJETXJetis an Israel-based 3D printing company focused on creating metal parts for manufacturing purposes by employing sealed cartridges of liquid material. Other metal printers rely on dust filings, which are loaded into the printer by hand, while XJet has pioneered the use of liquid metal as a more affordable alternative.

The companys vision is to revolutionize the manufacturing industry by replacing the current methods of printing metal parts, bringing more cost-effective components to the market. XJet first released its Nanoparticle Jetting technology in May 2016.ShapewaysCredit: Shapeways.comFounded in 2007,Shapewaysis a virtual 3D printing marketplace for making, buying and selling 3D-printed creations. Shop owners- or anyone else with a 3D-printable idea- can build a virtual model of their product and have it printed by Shapeways.

From sterling silver jewelry to the worlds tiniest Rubiks cube, Shapeways has a host of beautiful- and weird- items for sale. When you order something from a shop, Shapeways prints it, ships it and compensates the shop owner.

This modern marketplace is popular with 3D enthusiasts all over the world and provides a great platform for designers that want to create innovative products or prototypes without spending all their money on manufacturing.

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Open Source 3D Printers for Small Business

Open Source 3D Printers for Small Business

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You may have heard of 3D printerstheyve been all over the news. But you may not know that they represent real opportunity for small business owners. While 3D printers have been around since the 1980s in manufacturing (they were more commonly known as industrial robots), the big change came just a few years ago, when affordable models for hobbyists hit the market. Savvy small business owners take note: were witnessing the start of an affordable technological revolution, and its just the beginning.

It all starts with a 3D software model, which controls the printer. Equipped with nozzles that spew material in layers, the printer builds up layer upon layer to form an object. The material can be made of pretty much anything that flows and then solidifies.

The biggest immediate impact is on manufacturing, because 3D printing makes sophisticated prototyping and production affordable and many times faster. Perfecting a prototype or retooling a production line suddenly becomes a matter of changing software code, rather than ripping out entire production lines of machines or machining new tools. It affects the entire supply and delivery chain.

Figure 1: The Makerbot Replicator, Mini, and Z18.

As 3D printers and materials continue to drop in price and grow in sophistication, youll be able to build multiple manufacturing sites cheaply. You could set up a large number of geographically diverse sites and run them from a central location, manage each one individually, or some combination of both. You could easily relocate to meet changing markets or supplier conditions. Instead of shipping goods, perhaps the time will come when shopping means downloading and printing items.

3D printing also has the potential to bring manufacturing back to the United States. It can allow a new generation of artisans and craftspeople to produce unique goods at lower prices, because they wont have to rely on economies of large-scale production runs operated by overseas, low-wage factories. It will likely also reduce waste, as giant runs of goods wont have to travel halfway across the planet.

For many small business owners, 3D printers represent opportunity. Startup costs are dropping, and opportunities expanding. Just what, exactly, can you make with a 3D printer? It depends on the capabilities of the printer and whatever raw materials its designed to use. Here are a few things people already make with 3D printers:clothing,musical instruments,prosthetic limbs,body parts,desserts and confections, and anentire house.

Many vendors make and sell 3D printers. Take advantage of the large, creative open-source movement that has emerged to share code, printers, and product designs that anyone can use and share. This roundup will give you a taste of some of the possibilities.

One of the first commercial manufacturers of 3D printers for hobbyists and small-scale users, Makerbot sells several models that range in price from about $1,400 to $6,500. The least expensive model, the MakerBot Replicator Mini, is great for beginners. The compact printer includes a camerafor monitoring and sharing the printing processand a USB port to connect your computer. The Makerbot software runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows. You can create original designs in Makerbot Printshop, or you can use compatible designs from other sources.

The Makerbot Mini uses spools of PLA (polylactic acid) thermoplastic filament. Thermoplastics provide amazing versatility: theyre soft and moldable when heated, and they solidify when they cool. You can heat and cool them repeatedly. Even better, PLA plastic is called the green plastic; its made from plants, its recyclable, and it doesnt emit toxic fumes like petroleum-based thermoplastics, so you wont need ventilation.

The top-of-the line MakerBot Replicator Z18 will pluck $6,500 from your purse, plus consumables. Its several times faster and larger than the Mini, and it can print multiple objects at the same time. It also has a camera, and it includes both USB and wired Ethernet. The Z18 prints at a resolution of 100 microns, in contrast to the Minis 200 microns, for a smoother finish and finer detail. The Z18 also uses PLA filament.

The original MakerBots were open hardware, and the company published specs so that you could try to make your own printer. However, thats no longer the case; hardware for the newest models is not open; only the software is open source.

A company calledCubifyalso makes excellent 3D printers.

RepRap, the first self-replicating replication machine, is the ultimate do-it-yourself project. You cant print 100 percent of a new printer yet, because it needs motors and circuit boards. But you can print a lot of the parts, and its a great educational tool for engineers, children, and hobbyists.

Figure 2: The RepRap Prusa DIY 3D printer.

You can also purchase kits, finished machines, and accessories from vendors like3DStuffmaker. Maybe someday youll expand your operations by designing custom printers, and then use them to replicate themselves.

TheTantillus, based on RepRap, is sturdier, more portable, and it has more printable parts.

We use scanners to digitize documents, but there are also 3D scanners that you can use to digitize objects and create models for printing. MakerBot sells a stationary scanner, theMakerBot Digitizer. It comes with software for making print-ready models, and it costs about $1,000.

Figure 3: The MakerBot desktop 3D scanner.

TheSense 3D portable scannerscans anything you can get close to: your precious art objects, your cat, or your kids. It offers a lot of functionality for $400. You can also find do-it-yourself 3D scanners, such as theMakerScanner.

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The Best 3D Printer for Business Fusion3 F400

3D printing is transforming businesses, ranging from startups to multinationals, in a variety of industries. Discover why companies use the Fusion3 F400 3d printer in a multitude of ways to drive innovation, while reducing time and expense.

3D printing helps companies accelerate product development, producing conceptual models and/or functional prototypes, more quickly and inexpensively, than traditional methods.

Manufacturers and businesses now have an affordable alternative for low-rate / short-run / low volume production of plastic parts. Companies can implement 3D Printers in a production role, with lower up-front tooling cost and reduced lead times.

Business 3D printers allow businesses and their manufacturing teams to create tools to improve production and assembly steps quickly and inexpensively. Lean out your production process and improve quality with 3D printed fixtures and tooling.

The F400s patent-pending technology enables printing ofhigh-quality objectsat layer heights as low as .02mm and speeds up to 250mm/sec. Your team will spend less time waiting and more time designing, testing and using their finished parts. The F400 is the 3D printer for small business to large corporations that youve been waiting for.  Stop wasting time and step up your 3d printing business game.

Unlike consumer printers, the F400 withstands use and abuse in production environments and if you have an issue,youre protected by thelongest warrantyin the industry.The F400 3D Printer for Business is affordable, fast,anddurable so youre never wasting time waiting for prototypes or expensive repairs.

The F400 professional 3d printer and its large print volume lets you print like a pro.  Featuring alarge 1.43 cubicfoot print volume (14x14x12.6), the F400 empowers users to print their large projects in one piece, saving time and frustration. Companies get the benefit of increased throughput, combining multiple parts into one print job.

With a price of only $4,499 (F400-S), the F400 is an affordable way to add high-performance 3D print capabilities to any business. Fusion3 also providescompetitive leasing optionsand volume discounts for orders of 4 or more. Never before has a commercial 3D printer been so affordable.

Ouropen material philosophyprovides Fusion3 customers with the widest variety of 3D printing plastics on the market from many quality manufacturers of filament. With a Fusion3 professional 3D printer youll be able to print with classic materials like PLA and ABS, but youll also be able to print advanced plastics as the F400 is optimized to 3d printcarbon fiberand more.The F400s enclosed, stable temperature environment and proprietary multi-zone heated print bed makes the F400 the ideal platform for manufacturing parts with high temperature and high strength requirements using engineering grade materials.

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For the Enchanted Cottage project I decided to make the mechanism for moving the figures using a 3D printer.

I thought that ABS plastic would be a good material as the parts would be light weight and by printing them I could fine tune the design as I went along.

As the parts needed to move in respect to each other I needed a way of joining them. My first idea was to have a springy clip.

There were a couple of issues with this approach. Firstly the tiny clips were problematic to print, I might have persevered with that had it not been for the second issue. The clips were also easily broken, this was because the bending force on them was in line with the laminations of the 3D print.

My solution to both of these issues was to use bigger holes and pins to connect the parts. The joints were held together with a self tapping screw which also provides additional strength to the pin. When printing the pins I used the facility in Automaker to slow down and printed them at half speed. This composite design also allowed me to smooth the pins and holes with sandpaper before assembly.

Conveniently I found a large number of tiny self tapping screws that I had salvaged over the years from old computer parts. As I was using screws for the joints I also decided to use screws to attach the mechanics to the wooden frame. For this I designed small 3mm diameter holes into the mounting parts.

When printing these parts the software first instructs the printer to draw the outline of the holes then the outline of the part and finally it fills in, in between. As the print head tried to draw the small circles on the bed the angle was too great and the movement of the head pulled the filament back off leaving a little bundle of filament wrapped around the nozzle. This in turn caused more problems when it tried to print the next part.

My solution was to stop the holes short of the surface. This means that the printer first prints the outline, then fills it in, then on the next layer it starts to draw the holes.

This version of the design printed reliably and I used a sharp bradawl to punch through the holes.

I do like the simplicity of the clip together version so I may revisit that in the future if I have a larger design that can use them.

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The new open-source 3D metal printer cost less than $1200 to make.

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Anyone with access to a welder and the Internet soon could make his or her own replacement parts or tools with a new 3D metal printer that can be built in any garage.

Until recently, most of the3D printinghype has swirled around plastic 3D printers, which have been used to make everything fromclothingtoart. And while 3D metal printers do exist, their price tag starts at a half million dollars.

Now, scientists have built an open-source 3D metal printer that costs under $1,200, sharing their design and software with the maker community.

We have open-sourced the plans, in the hopes of accelerating the technology by allowing others to build upon the design, said project leader Joshua Pearce, a materials engineer at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. [The 10 Weirdest Things Created By 3D Printing]

The snazzy device is modeled after a RepRap (short for replicating rapid prototype), a 3D printer that can print most of its own components. The printer uses a metal inert gas (MIG) welder to lay down thin layers of steel, much like plastic printers do, and build complex geometric objects. All of the parts needed to build the metal printer are things one could buy or print using a plastic 3D printer, Pearce told LiveScience.

Pearce envisions the printer being used to make replacement parts for things such as bicycles or to print scientific tools, which could radically reduce the cost of lab equipment, he said.

I hope to see a large number of small companies starting up to make specialty parts, he said.

Of course, theres always the chance that someone will use the technologyto make gunsor other weapons. The standard design files are already out there, and Pearce said hes sure someone will make weapons from them.

Every single technology humanity has ever developed, we have found a way to abuse, he said,

But Pearce said the technology has greater potential to be used for good. In the developing world, for example, the printer could be used to make water pumps or windmill components.

The printer takes about a day to build, and it is inexpensive and simple enough to be built in a garage by someone without much welding experience. But the technology is better suited for use by a small shop business or maker space, because of the safety gear required to operate a welder.

Higher-end metal printers are still much more precise than the one made by Pearces team. We are definitely not there yet, Pearce said, but he added that the resolution and speed will only improve with the involvement of the maker community.

The new printer design was detailed Nov. 25 in the journal IEEE Access.

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20 Best Cheap 3D Printers Under $300 $500 and $1000

Looking for the best cheap 3D printer that fits your budget? Here are the 20 best 3D printers under $300, $500, and $1000 that you can buy today.

Just a decade ago, the average 3D printer cost more than $100,000. Today you can easily find a good cheap 3D printer for under $1000 or $500, even $300! Thats pretty amazing, isnt it?

Of course, the lower you go in price, the greater the limitations. Some of the cheap 3D printers on this list wont have a heated print bed, for example, and the build volume will be smaller. Plus, the print quality simply of most cheap 3D printers cannot compete with the more expensive machines out there.

But with some patience and tinkering, its possible to fabricate quality objects with a cheap 3D printer costing less than half the price of a flagship smartphone. How cool is that?

To help you stay afloat in this widening sea of cheap 3D printers, weve put together a list of the best 3D printer under $300, $500, and $1000, along with a boatload of alternatives that will also get the job done without breaking the bank.

Important Note:Each cheap 3D printer on this list comes fully (or in some cases mostly) assembled. If youd like to spend even less money but invest more time and effort then take a look at20 Best Cheap DIY 3D Printer Kits of Spring 2018.

Did we miss your favorite budget 3D printer? Let us know in the comments, and well add them in a future update.

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The Best Cheap 3D Printer Under $300

The best cheap 3D printer under $300 on this list is the Monoprice MP Select Mini V2. Why? Because its an impressive machine with a smart, compact design thats retailing for an unbelievably low price. It has a quick release steel gear filament feeder, a nozzle cooling fan, a color LCD, a heated build plate, plus microSD and USB connectivity.

The heated build plate and wide extruder temperature range offer incredibly good value here because it means this cheap 3D printer can work with most types of filaments; from basic filaments like ABS and PLA to more exotic or dissolvable materials like conductive PLA, wood and metal composites, and PVA.

For those brave folks who are unconcerned about voiding their warranty and at this price why would you be? the unit is also easy to hack for upgrades like a new hot-end, glass bed, and wi-fi connectivity.

Monoprice will release a new and improved version of this highly popular cheap 3D printer soon.

But theres a limitation with the print dimensions, which are ridiculously small at 120 x 120 x 120 mm. This small size will be keenly felt as your printing ambitions grow.

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Just from a first glance, its easy to see that the da Vinci miniMaker is an attempt to market 3D printing towards children and education. This cheap 3D printer is designed to be as user-friendly as possible, equipped with a single-button print design and 5 colored LEDs to indicate the status of your print job. Moreover, this cheap 3D printer features wifi connectivity so it can be managed over the network in your home or classroom.

Although the low price makes this machine a worthwhile addition to our best cheap 3D printer list, the miniMaker is quite limited in functionality and size.

As is customary with low-cost XYZprinting machines, the filament is proprietary which means youll have to buy additional consumables from the same manufacturer. A proprietary filament is roughly 20 percent more expensive than a regular one. But the company tries to take the sting out of the tail by asserting their non-toxic PLA credentials.

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Another cheap 3D printer with a strong reputation is the Monoprice Maker Select V2.

This machine is a rebadgedWanhao Duplicator i3, which itself is a clone of the open source Prusa i3 (one of the most popular 3D printer kits on the market). But all that you really need to know is that the printer is painless to use and can produce consistent results.

A unique design feature of the Maker Select V2 is that the power brick and control panel are housed separate from the main body of the printer, and it features a huuuuge build volume of 200 x 200 x 180 mm. Oh, and its extraordinarily good value for money.

From young upstarts New Matter, the MOD-t is an intriguing proposition with smooth lines and a clean design. This cheap 3D printer features wireless network connectivity so you can select, customize, and print wirelessly from your computer, tablet or smartphone. It also has a clear cover that projects the 150 x 100 x 125 mm build space and reduces noise. But really, its the $299 pricetag that captures the attention. All in all, this affordable 3D printer is an absolute bargain.

Most of the cheap 3D printers on our list are Cartesian-style machines, we figured wed introduce you to this little devilish Delta 3D printer by Monoprice. The Mini Delta is incredibly affordable, and offers a unique twist to what most are used to seeing with FDM 3D printing technology.

A Delta printer consists of three arms on rails that move up and down independently to move the print head. This process poses various advantages over Cartesian, including a circular print bed that uses space more effectively, lightweight frame, and increased print speed.

While this type of printer is usually a bit more complicated to put together properly, Monoprice makes this tall task easier with this pre-assembled Mini Delta. This machine is brand new, and so its just now coming to the market. Although we havent had much hands-on experience, we cant help put salivate at the idea of a Delta printer with auto-calibration, heated bed, WiFi connectivity, and more all for under $200.

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After the M3D Micro 3D Printer raised more than a few eyebrows when it debuted on Kickstarter a few years back, the 3D printer manufacturer M3D has been working on bigger and better models, all while trying not to increase the initial $300 price tag.

The company seems to have succeeded in that goal with the Micro Plus, an improved version of its predecessor that costs the same price.

The first thing that will catch your eye with this printer is the sleek and compact design, which comes in many color options. It has a 109 x 114 x 167 mm build volume, and is essentially an enhanced model of the first Micro.

The Micro Plus includes a more advanced ARM processor core, which doubles the print speed and makes the printer more compatible with third-party software. While M3D produces its own line of filament, you can still use third party filaments without worry.

You can buy the most recent Micro edition direct from the company or Amazon for $299, and it comes with a 12-month warranty.

Much like the TEVO Tornado, the Anycubic i3 Mega doesnt come fully assembled, but most of the printer is put together by the time it reaches your doorstep. After spending a little bit of time with the finishing touches, youll find yourself with a decent Prusa clone at a fraction of the cost.

Available across the internet around the $300-400 range, the Anycubic i3 Mega provides a sizable print volume, a heated bed, and is essentially a plug and play machine. This makes it a great option for beginners on a budget, particularly for those who dont mind tweaking a bit to improve the overall outcome of their prints.

The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus is a major enhancement of their popularWanhao Duplicator i3(which in turn is a derivative of the open source Prusa i3).

Topline features of this cheap 3D printer is a generous build volume of 200 x 200 x 180 mm, a steel frame, an integrated electronics cabinet (whereas before it was housed in a separate brick), a full-sized SD card slot, and a touchscreen control interface.

The FlashForge Finder is one of the newer models on list; its a cheap 3D printer that offers a median build volume of 140 x 140 x 140 mm.

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The new Finder has a compact, open-face design, with a full-color display and wireless connectivity. The package also includes starter filament and a USB stick, which is basically all you need to get printing right away.

When it comes to popular Chinese 3D printer brands like TEVO, Anet, or Creality, most of these 3D printers come in the form of grueling DIY kits (which is why most of them didnt make the cut). These unassembled machines are better suited for 3D printing enthusiasts or hobbyists seeking a challenging weekend project.

However, TEVO does offer an almost fully assembled 3D printer95 percent according to the companyand so we thought the Tornado deserved to twist its way onto our cheap 3D printer list. With a similar style to the Creality CR-10, the assembled TEVO Tornado takes about 20 minutes to setup for printing.

With a sturdy aluminum frame, a generous 300 x 300 x 400 mm build size, and wide ranging filament compatibility, this 3D printer is ideal for those who are on a strict budget but dont want to face the usual limitations that cheap 3D printers present.

If youre willing to spend a bit more tweaking to find the perfect print, the TEVO Tornado could be the cheap 3D printer for you. However, if you end up owning this 3D printer, be prepared to rely on the TEVO community to help solve potential problems.

The 3D printer manufacturer XYZprinting has a huge range of low-cost machines on the market. And while the value is appealing, sometimes it can be difficult to tell them apart.

We like the XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. Mix 2.0 for a radical feature; the ability to print with two filaments and mix them into color gradients. Its a sophisticated 3D printing technique rarely available at this price point, and one thats worth exploring if youd like to move on from single filament extrusion.

For this cheap 3D printer, however, theres a bit of a catch. The filaments used for the da Vinci Mix are proprietary. That means youre locked into buying replacement filaments directly from XYZprinting, and third party suppliers are off limits.

dForget just being an affordable option, the Original Prusa MK2S one of the best 3D printers you can buy, period. All parts are open-source and part of the RepRap project, so there are a lot of clones around but none are as good as the original.

What really makes this 3D printer shine is its ongoing development and support. Founder Josef Prusa constantly adds new features, software and hardware bits for improvement like multicolor 3D printing that make 3D printers in the $1000-3000 range look mediocre.

Although the Czech 3D printer manufacturer recently released the newPrusa i3 MK3, the assembled version is just outside of our lists price range. Fortunately, you can still purchase the equally capable MK2S for under $1000.

The Prusa i3 Mk2S comes with a heated bed that compensates cold corners, auto-calibration, and solid documentation. It is extremely versatile when it comes to filament and prints materials like PLA, PET, HIPS, Flex PP, or even Ninjaflex with ease.

Needless to say, if 3D printing performance is a more important factor than price, look no further than the Original Prusa.

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The Monoprice Maker Select Ultimate is a curious beast, fusing design elements from two of the leading brands in 3D printing today Zortrax and Ultimaker. Specifically, it features the perforated aluminum print bed that we have previously seen on the Zortrax M200 which is beneficial for cooling without warping and software interface pretty much identical to that used for the Ultimaker 2 which is great for ease-of-use.

Where this best cheap 3D printer diverges, meanwhile, is on two critical points. Firstly, it dispenses with the Bowden tube setup for direct drive extrusion. That should make for more reliable operation and fewer failed print jobs (though perhaps at the expense of speed with the added weight on the print head). Secondly, it costs a fraction of the price of the top-shelf 3D printers it so obviously tries to emulate.

The UP mini 2 is a cheap 3D printer with some impressive high-end features. For starters, the touch screen controls and wifi connectivity are rare at this price point.

But even more attractive are safety-conscious features like power failure protection so the print can resume after an abrupt stop and built-in HEPA air filtration to maintain a healthy working environment. Theres also automatic nozzle height detection, and a separate, enclosed spool container to prevent the material from spoiling from exposure to moisture in the air.

Overall a very tidy package. Its just a pity that the 120 x 120 x 120 mm build volume is so puny.

TheRobo C2is a 3D printer with a small form factor and a dizzying array of connectivity options. Using a dedicated smartphone app, you can monitor the status of a print from a phone or tablet. It can also be connected to a Chromebook; thanks to an onboard slicing feature, users dont need to download a program to print.

Perhaps most impressively, theres integration with Amazon Alexa. Users can pause, cancel, and check the status of prints in real time using voice commands.

What else does this best cheap 3D printer offer? It can fabricate parts up to 127 x 127 x 150mm, with a print speed of 300 mm/s, and print resolution as high as 20 microns. The C2 also includes a built-in 3.5 color touch-screen, filament run-out detection, automatic calibration and a removable self-leveling print platform. The only drawback is a non-heated bed, which leaves you with PLA filament and its derivates.

The Duplicator 4S is a dual extrusion 3D printer, and a clone of the classic MakerBot Replicator. Within the steel frame is a MK10 filament feeding mechanism thats reputedly one of the easiest and the most reliable on the market, allowing for quick and easy loading and unloading.

Other features include a precision-forged drive gear, which feeds the filament to the hot end at a consistent speed. This cheap 3D printer comes equipped with 0.4mm precision nozzles fitted to ensure even and precise extrusion of filament.

Stop us if youve heard this one before; theFlashForge Creator Proclosely resembles the Makerbot Replicator 2X. This cheap 3D printer is capable of dual extrusion and comes with a metal frame and enclosed chassis.

Other features include a platform-leveling system with a metal build plate and a guide rod to help with stabilization and durability. The design is starting to look a bit long in the tooth, but the Flashforge Creator Pro is held dear by the maker community for its reliability, versatility, and ease of use.

TheIdea Builder 3D20is a fully enclosed plug n play 3D printer from home improvement specialists Dremel. This cheap 3D printer has a full-color touchscreen and a generous build volume, but unfortunately, it doesnt have a heated bed. On the flipside, however, this missing feature makes it more child-friendly and suitable for use in the classroom.

ThePrintrbot Simple Prois a substantial upgrade to the original Simple. It carries over the same open design that shows the printer functioning from every angle. And like its predecessor its compact and portable, with a sturdy metal construction to withstand dings and dents.

Where it differs is the addition of a built-in color touch screen, plus wifi connectivity and a free cloud service (which is optional) to simplify the printing experience. The Simple Pro is also powered by a 32-bit motherboard that provides a smooth and speedy motion. Remarkably, with all these advanced features it still qualifies as a cheap 3D printer with a low price tag of $699.

As weve noted with other XYZprinting 3D printers on this list, the Taiwanese companys biggest downfall is lack of third party filament compatibility. However, the manufacturer seems to have taken this criticism to heart, leading to the da Vinci 1.0 Pro, the first XYZprinting printer that works with non-proprietary materials.

Thats not all This cheap 3D printer also comes with a heated aluminum bed, auto-calibration, WiFi connectivity, and even the possibility to use laser engraving and 3D scanning.

This machine is a bit bulky, so it might not be the right choice for those with limited space. But for those primarily concerned with a budget, the da Vinci 1.0 Pro offers a banging build volume, third-party material capabilities, and versatility that is rare for cheap 3D printers at this price point.

The XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 in 1 is perfect for novice makers who believe thatthe more features, the merrier.

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Finding the Best 3D Printer can be overwhelming and really depends on your personal needs. We put together thisbuyers guideto help you find the best 3D printer for you. This guide has 10 categories and each category has a no. 1, the best 3D printer.

What is the best 3D Printer? is one of the most common questions we get here at m. Its a difficult question and it has multiple answers because there are at leastseven different 3D printing technologies & processes. Within these processes there numerous different brands, models, types, etc. Long story short: you cant just pick 1 best 3D printer.

And so, it really comes down to your personal needs. Looking for a huge build volume? Fast print speed? High detail? Mechanical strength? Or maybe you want to 3D print something extraordinary like food or wuuuut human tissue?

Weve used our own experience and the experience of our network of experts to create this top 10. These are the best 3D printers to buy in 2018.

We constantly update this list, so you can always check back to find out what the best 3D printers in each category are.

The category large format desktop 3D printers has increased in popularity in recent years.

One of the biggest printers in this category is Raise3Ds N2 Plus. It has a build volume of 12 12 24 inches (305 305 610 mm), making this one of the tallest commercially available desktop 3D printers on the market. While technically still a desktop 3D printer, the N2 Plus is so huge you might want to just put it on the ground. Luckily, thebuilt-in castersmake it easy to move around.

The N2 Plus hastwo extruderswhich enables you to print with two materials or colors in one print job. The closed print chamber, heated bed and high temperature extruders give you the ability to print with a wide range of materials. It has a resume feature so even in case of a power outage you can continue printing when the power is back on.

The machine has a 7 touchscreen display which you can access through WIFI, LAN, USB and SD card.

It can print with a layer resolution of10 Micronwhich is better than the Form 2 or Ultimaker 3.

Minor disadvantage we know of is that the Raise3D is very sensitive regarding filament diameter consistency. So dont go cheap when you buy filament for the N2 Plus.

Since 3D printing is becoming more accessible to everyone, there has been a clamouring for safe educational printers. Classrooms are already gearing up to use 3D printers as new teaching tools. The market has responded in kind by introducing a new class of 3D printers ideal for in the classroom.

The must-haves for educational printers can vary. However, a good general rule is anything that simplifies the system and makes printing safer. Think of assisted (or fully automatic) bed leveling and a closed print chamber. This category primarily judges the printers on ease-of-use, diversity of functions and versatility.

In comes XYZprintings da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro. It has a closed print chamber, assisted bed leveling and an automatic filament loading system, making it the perfect for the classroom.

Additionally it comes with its own slicing software and 3D model repository.

Dual head printers with an independent dual extruder system really took off last year. The entire concept has promotedsmall batch production printingand overall production speed for FFF / FDM machines. They also enable complex, multi-color prints and add options like sync and mirror modes to the arsenal of features that are already quite impressive.Independent dual extruders(IDEX) have also set the scene for more trust-worthy and consistent quality.

BCN3Ds Sigmax brings even more to the table than just IDEX. It has a large (read wide) print area, its easy to swap extruder blocks and is completely open source.

3D printers, like so many technologies today, are in a state of constant improvement. Open source hardware & software for 3D printers are a large part of moving us towards better technologies. Open source technologies have clear advantages: they are easy to upgrade, there are more resources to learn from and there are dedicated communities looking to help everyone on how make their prints better.

Open source runs through the veins of SeeMeCNC. They are known for the high quality parts they use for their machines and the Rostock MAX v3 is no different.

The HE280 hotend has thermal runaway protection and a built-in accelorometer probe for automatic calibration.

SeeMeCNC developed their own extruder the EZR Struder. This design allows for faster print speeds with increased pressure on the filament drive as well as a low friction feed path which is fully constrained for printing flexible filaments.

Searching for a 3D printer that is able to print with really high detail (e.g. for miniatures or jewellery)?, a resin based 3D printer is what you need. As research and development goes along, companies are finding faster ways to develop prints with light as a source.

DLP and SLA are already being used to make jewellery and dental endproduct appliances along with many other objects. While print fragility and speed are still issues, many industries have taken a shine to light curable raises and UV based methods of printing.

EnvisionTECs Aria DLP printer is powered with anindustrial-grade UV LED light engine. It runs on the same software and firmware as the EnvisionTEC industrial grade printers.  It has a build volume of 2.36 x 1.77 x 3.94 inches (65 x 40 x 100 mm) and in contrary to other resin printers its easy to swap materials without waste.

The Markforged Mark Two Enterprise edition is a revolutionary 3D printer that has the ability to strengthen your designs by adding fiber composite material while printing. Print light weight objects with the strength of aluminum.

The Mark Two is equipped with two printheads. While one prints with nylon, the other continuously adds fiber composite material to reinforce your print. The Mark Two Enterprise edition is the first and only 3D printer capable of printing with High Temperature Fiberglass, as well as kevlar, regular fiberglass, and carbon fiber.

The retail prices of SLS 3D printers are dropping fast. Having released the highly successful Form 1 and Form 2 SLA printers, Formlabs is now diversifying into the SLS territory. The Fuse 1 is an exciting addition to their portfolio. While there are many new noteworthy aspects of the printer, the price is certainly the main attraction.

Aside from the economic advantages, the Fuse 1 also positions itself as a complete SLS solution. It features a benchtop SLS printer, post-processing capabilities and print management software. Additionally, it remains compact because it doesnt require specialised gases or specialty equipment. This will allow users to set it up without any special print environments or safe rooms.

3D food printing offers a range of potential benefits. Its green because it can help convert alternative ingredients such as proteins from algae, beet leaves, or insects into tasty products. And its custom because it can help tune up with individual needs and preferences.

byFlows Focus is a portable food printer. It goes from briefcase to printer in seconds.

The machine extrudes via a syringe system which enables you to print in a range of paste materials.

The printer has a heated bed that goes up to 176 F / 80 C and a build volume of 8.19 x 8.98 x 5.91 inches ( 208 x 228 x 150 mm )

Bio printing still sounds really futuristic, but did you know that printing of human tissue has been around since the early two-thousands?

Nowadays scientists are in the midst of moving from printing tiny pieces of tissue to entire 3D organs.

Does this mean you can print a new kidney at home with the Biobots Allevi 2? Nope, this printer prints cells and bioinks.

It has two syringe extruders and uses visible blue light to cure biomaterials rapidly without damaging cells. The printer is easy to use and can print with a layer height of 100 Micron.

Additionally, The Allevi 2 supports the use of standard lab dishes, whether thats circular petri dishes or 96 well plates.

Desktop Metals Studio System utilizes a Microwave Enhanced Sintering technique. This technique enables the printer to merge metals and alloys to create structures with a wide range of materials. Amongst available materials are: steel, titanium, aluminum and copper.

The Studio System doesnt use lasers and powders which makes it safe for any office / workplace. Unlike other systems, there are no requirements for third party equipment or special facilitiesjust power and an internet connection.

Did we forget a 3D printer that we should really add to this list? Let us know in the comments below orcontact us.

A very interesting list which certainly opened my eyes as to the direction and limits that are available.

It might have been interesting to see a section on 3D printers that can 3D print buildings. I am certainly interested to see what is currently available (not that I want to buy one!) And what the future may hold for housing.

Wheres Fusion3s F400 in this mix? Crazy to leave it out and give Raise3D the trophy. The F400 is faster, better print quality, more reliable, and a killer 2 year warranty and real LIVE customer support.

The Raise3D N2 Plus is first in the sub-category large format desktop 3D printers F400s build envelop is not big enough to be part of this category

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