Best Budget 3D Printers (Under £400)
Not too long ago, the cheapest 3D printers available to consumers cost thousands of pounds. Even at that price, they weren’t particularly good or user-friendly. Today, though, you can easily find one for less than a couple hundred quid and it will pack more of a punch than you might expect.
Naturally, the print quality of a cheaper printer won't be as refined as a more expensive alternative, but it will still be capable of producing quality prints.
If you're looking to enter the world of 3D printing for the first time or you're just not looking to spend a fortune then we're here to help. In no particular order, here are some of the best budget 3D printers you can buy for under £400 in 2018:
*prices are correct at the time of writing the article
Creality Ender 3
The Creality 3D Ender 3 is widely regarded in the industry as being the best budget 3D printer out right now. Currently on sale for under £200, it offers incredible value for money. It boasts great performance, especially for the price, and it is small and compact making it a perfect entry-level printer for beginners or those looking for a bargain.
£199.00 (inc. VAT)
The Flashforge Finder has been around for a while now, but it is still one of the best budget 3D printers you can buy. It is a fantastic looking machine with excellent build quality. The open-framed design with gorgeous rounded edges and red and black bevel all contribute to the wonderful aesthetic.
The Finder is easy to use with the help of a clear and responsive 3.5-inch full-colour touchscreen and the renowned Flashprint software. It also has additional safety features making it ideal for use at home or even in a classroom.
It does have a fairly small build volume of 140mm x 140mm x 140mm and it is limited to only PLA filament, but that is ideal for beginners. It prints quietly and reliably when in operation and the print quality is brilliant for the price.
£345.00 (inc. VAT)
Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus
The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus is another iteration of the popular i3 series, which are currently the best selling 3D printers on the Technology Outlet website. Wanhao printers have a great reputation for being simple and excellent value for money. The i3 Plus does not disappoint.
It comes equipped with a heated bed plate and an easy to use 3.25-inch touchscreen. It is compatible with a wide range of filaments including PLA, ABS and PVA and has a generous build volume of 200m x 200mm x 180mm thanks to the Prusa-style design, giving you more flexibility with your prints.
The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus offers fantastic print quality for the price.
£349.12 (inc. VAT)
Creality 3D Cr-10 Mini
The Creality 3D CR-10 Mini is a smaller version of the popular CR-10 series. Despite being "Mini", it boasts a huge build volume of 300mm x 220mm x 300mm as well as a number of unique, additional features.
It has a setup of time of just 10 minutes so you can get to printing as soon as possible. There is a resume printing feature in the event of a power failure and it has a linear bearing system ensuring high accuracy and precision as well as quiet printing.
£369.98 (inc. VAT)
Creality 3D Ender 2 Mini
The Creality 3D Ender 2 Mini is another great value 3D printer and is the second on this list to be priced under £200. It is simple, cheap and compact making it an excellent entry-level printer.
It comes with a heated bed as standard and an easy to read LCD screen that clearly displays printing information. It has a modest build volume of 150mm x 150mm x 200mm and it is limited to PLA, ABS, soft rubber and wood filament.
£199.00 (inc. VAT)
Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini
The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini is another member of the very popular family of Wanhao i3 printers. It is a similar size and price to the Creality 3D Ender 2 Mini. In fact, it is actually a little bit smaller with a build volume of 150mm x 150mm x 115mm making it ideal to put on any desktop.
The filament is held on an open spool, which means that the i3 Mini does not restrict your choice of filaments.
£199.99 (inc. VAT)
Createbot Mini Touchscreen
The Createbot Mini 3D Printer has an attractive all-metal enclosed design. It has a modest build volume of 150mm x 150mm x 220mm and a full-colour touchscreen to operate it.
Technology Outlet can give a personal recommendation for this printer as we use it in-house. From our experience, the Createbot Mini is extremely reliable as it has done hundreds of hours of printing without fault.
£298.99 (inc. VAT)
The JGAurora A3S is part of the latest range of 3D printers we stock at Technology Outlet. It has a slick, futuristic design with a durable, full-metal frame. The intuitive 3.2-inch full-colour touchscreen makes the A3S incredibly user-friendly and easy to use. It has a build volume of 205mm x 205mm x 205mm and a whole range of smart print features, making it a great entry-level 3D printer.
£379.00 (inc. VAT)
The demand for budget 3D printers is growing all the time as the technology becomes more mainstream. And with so many options available to budget buyers for home and classroom use, there has never been a better time to invest in a 3D printer.
At Technology Outlet, we are proud of our wide range of affordable 3D printers from some of the biggest brands. No matter what your budget is we will have a printer to suit you.
If you're looking to spend a bit more than £400, then be sure to check out our list of the best mid-range 3D printers.