The Best 3D Printers Your Money Can Buy in April, 2020

Experience the Ultimate 3-D Printing Technology

What would you make if you could build anything you wanted? Sure, it sounds surreal, but 3D printers are in fact real. In the past few years, it’s been used to produce everything you could dream of including gadgets, toys, jewellery, food, and body parts.

What is 3-D printing?

Good question. 3-D printing also goes by the name “additive printing”. It takes a three dimensional digital model and then prints a physical object by adding thin layers of material one by one. In contrast to all in one printers, initially 3D printing was highly specialized tech used to manufacture complex parts at a fraction of the normal cost. Now this mind-bending technology is available to anyone.

How do I buy a 3D printer?

As you can imagine, there are A LOT of 3D printers on the market. Models vary on price, build and size. Some machines can handle hard materials like metal while others cannot.

Our team reviewed the best 3D printers of April, 2020:

 

1) LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer

LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer

Overview

There’s a lot of things we like about the LulzBot TAZ 6. It’s easy to use, reliable and sturdy. That makes it ideal for beginners and professionals alike.

What We Like

It offers a print area of around 11in x 11in x 10in, which is larger than most comparable models. You’ll definitely get value for money by being able to make lots of small prints or one very large print instantaneously. The next great thing about this 3D printer is that it comes with open source software. It means you never have to pay for software or upgrades (!). That’s important to avoid those creeping costs… It’s also got decent speed so you can do mass-printing in a jiffy. The machine is built from a mix of aluminum and metal parts so this is a sturdy machine that will print at full throttle. This makes the Lulzbot ideal for modern school environments where students can have fun making their own prototypes.

What Needs Improving

This is a big machine so you’ll need to have ample space in your home or garage to operate it properly. Be prepared to do some DIY assembly on arrival.

9.3Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This is a very good 3D printer. Creating bespoke designs is fun and straightforward, as are the customization options. If you’re looking to do a ton of printing fast, this printer is dead on reliable.

LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer

1 used from $2,500.00
Last update was on:
April 4, 2020 12:36 pm
$2,500.00

 

2) MakerGear M2

Overview

First things first: We love the black, futuristic design of this 3D printer from MakerGear. As with the Lulzbot, this printer is solid. The frame is constructed from steel and cast aluminum parts that are perfect to withstand heavy use.

What We Like

The machine is ready to use straight out of the box so you don’t have to mess around like with IKEA furniture. Once the machine is set up, we would even go so far as to say that this machine feels sturdier than the Lulzbot. We see the difference when we go to print. The print bed on this machine is secured by four points. That makes it easy to level and you don’t have to do any manual z-compensation or “auto-levelling” to get a good result. Similarly to the Lulzbot, the MakerGear offers open source software. This is a big win because it gives you much more creative freedom. You should still take the time to learn the machine inside out and to get your settings tuned up just right.

What Needs Improving

If we were to nitpick, the fans could be more effective. This is a beast of a machine so if your room isn’t ventilated, you’ll get very hot.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

The MakerGear offers professional-grade prints with an easy, user friendly interface. Allowing creative customization via the open source software, this is a machine that’s well worth considering.

MakerGear M2 Desktop 3D Printer

Last update was on:
April 4, 2020 12:36 pm
$1,999.00

 

3) ADIMLab Gantry-S 3D Printer

ADIMLab Gantry-S 3D Printer 32bit Main Board 230X230X260 Build Size with Resume Printing Function Filament Detector 24V15A Power Metal Extruder Modifiable to Upgrade to Auto Leveling and WiFi Enablin

Overview

Work in a school or looking for a compact 3D-printer to have fun with in your garage? Our best budget choice is that ADMILab 3D printer. Coming in at a bargain price, this 3D printer is amazing value for no-fuss printing.

What We Like

Let’s start with the unboxing and assembly. This 3D printer comes almost ready built, which is a sigh of relief. It only takes 15-20 minutes to get everything connected up and calibrated. Each component feels sturdy, including durable glass and an aluminum plate. The printing size is a generous 310 x 310 x 410mm, which will allow you to easily print larger items. Speaking of the printing process, the ADIMLab feels sturdy enough that it doesn’t require constant babysitting. You can leave it to do it’s thing, while you catch a break. Everything is completed equally as fast as the high end models.

What Needs Improving

This is a relatively basic 3D printer. It’s ideal for anyone who is getting into 3D printing or simply loves experimenting with relatively simple designs. It would be great for school pupils, for example. The leveling of the printing bed is a little off at times and requires manual correction, but the company offers an upgraded version, which is well worth investing in.

9.5Expert Score
The Final Verdict

ADIMLab have delivered on making 3D printing more affordable. If you’re after a straightforward and reliable 3D printer on a shoestring, grab it now. There is also a full 1-year warranty with customer support included for peace of mind.

ADIMLab Gantry-S 3D Printer 32bit Main Board and Power Resume...

Last update was on:
April 5, 2020 5:39 am
$219.00 $299.00

 

4) FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro

FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro, Metal Frame Structure, Acrylic Covers, Optimized Build Platform, Dual Extruder W/2 Spools, Works with ABS and PLA

Overview

Another great mid-range 3D printer, the Flashforge doesn’t disappoint. Encased in a strong metal frame, this 3D printer comes with a warp-resistant aluminum bed that performs well under almost all conditions.

What We Like

Right away you can tell the quality of this 3D printer. The company, Flashforge, have released multiple models but this one stands out for its fair price and upgraded features. There is an LCD screen at the front, which is very easy navigate. There is also an SD card slot, which makes importing designs a breeze. Moreover, printing from an SD card is much more secure as you won’t have to worry about your computer crashing mid-print! The printing process is controlled by a strong guide rod (z-axis), which ensures accurate movement. The print bed is lit up with LED lights, which is not only highly practical but makes the machine look ultra modern.

What Needs Improving

Patience is required as this printer can take a couple of hours to complete one cycle, so it’s not the fastest machine you can buy. However, for the quality, this certainly isn’t a deal breaker.

9.3Expert Score
The Final Verdict

The FlashForge is an excellent 3D printer for novices and professionals alike. It's blissfully easy to use, produces high quality, precise prints, and very impressive for the price point.

FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro, Metal Frame Structure, Acrylic Covers,...

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Last update was on:
April 5, 2020 7:35 am
$640.00 $899.00

 

5) QIDI Technology 3D Printer

QIDI TECH 3D Printer, X-Pro 3D Printer with WiFi Function, Dual Extruder, High Precision Double Color Printing with ABS,PLA,TPU Filament,9.1x5.9x5.9 Inch

Overview

Next is a super slick, well-priced, 3D printer from popular brand QIDI. The quality of the printer is outstanding, with hard-wearing materials used throughout. This 3D printer can be used to produce anything from complex designs to practical homeware.

What We Like

The QIDI has a lot of the same features that you’d expect to find in an exclusive professional-grade 3D printer. This is a flagship model that has been completely re-designed. As a result, you get a higher 12mm axis that gives better control over the print. The printing plate is made out of metal (not cheap plastic!), and is removable, which makes extracting your final product much easier. The heating bed works flawlessly and is made out of top quality CNC machined aluminum. As with most other brands, you can use ABS and PLA filaments. Finally, the 4.3” touchscreen and QIDI Tech 3D printer software work without a glitch and are quick to learn.

What Needs Improving

There is only one fault to pick with this highly efficient model. It is on the noisier end of 3D printers we’ve tried. Nevertheless, this quality printer is an easy recommendation.

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

If this 3D printer was described in a few words, it would be: Great all-rounder. It proves that you don't always have to pay thousands of dollars for an efficient high quality machine.

QIDI TECHNOLOGY 3D Printer Newest Model: X-Pro,Breakpoint Printing,Dual Extruder,High Precision...

Last update was on:
April 4, 2020 10:35 pm

Did you know? Even NASA are big fans of 3D printing and use it to build unique parts for the International Space Station (ISS)!

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