Best Budget 3D Printers (Under £400)
2018 has been a great year for 3D printing, especially for beginners and enthusiasts looking to grab a bargain. It has never been cheaper to get into 3D printing and there is so much choice. Flashforge, Creality3D, Copymaster3D - the list of affordable 3D printer brands goes on and on.
Since we first posted this article back in March 2018, the landscape of the budget 3D printer market has advanced considerably. Less than 9 months on, our original list appeared noticeably outdated. So with 2019 around the corner, we thought it would be a great time to update our list of the best budget 3D printers.
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 2019:
*prices are correct at the time of writing the article
Creality3D Ender 3
First up we have the Creality Ender 3. It’s no surprise to see Creality3D dominate this list. They offer a great range of budget options for the savvy buyer and to start this list off, we have the famous Ender 3.
When it came out the Ender 3 was widely regarded in the industry as being the best budget 3D printer available to buy. It can be commonly found on sale for under £200, which 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.
£219.00 (inc. VAT)
In the few months that the Ender 3 has been out, there have been 2 slightly modified and upgraded versions, which arguably offer even better value for money:
Creality3D Ender 3-X
The Ender 3-X comes with a tempered glass bed and 5 extra nozzles at no extra cost.
£219.00 (inc. VAT)
Creality3D Ender 3 Pro
This upgraded version of the Ender 3 has been by far our best selling 3D printer at Technology Outlet, especially during the Black Friday sale when it was discounted by a further £50. The Ender 3 Pro has been such a hit with budget buyers because of the nice additional features over the standard Ender 3. It has a magnetic print bed, an improved extruder and Y-axis, which contributes to better and more consistent print quality.
£229.00 (inc. VAT)
Copymaster 3D 300
Copymaster 3D has certainly made a positive impression since its introduction in August. Currently has a huge £200 off discount as part of our pre-Christmas sale at Technology Outlet. Even at its RRP of £499, it still offers fantastic value for money with its consistently high-quality prints, enormous build quality and impressive reliability.
£299.00 (inc. VAT) *normally £499.00
The famous CR-10S was the printer that put Creality3D on the map as a brand to be reckoned with. Available in 3 large sizes - even the base model was pretty big:
- 3S (300 x 300 x 300mm)
- 4S (400 x 400 x 400mm)
- 5S (500 x 500 x 500mm)
The wave of large build size printers from other brands that followed in 2018 can be directly attributed to this great trend that the CR-10S started. It is still a solid choice for a 3D printer.
Although some reported having issues with reliability and a language barrier with Creality’s customer service, it cannot be denied that the impressive print quality and huge build volume has revolutionised the budget market.
From £348.00 (inc. VAT) (comes with 1KG of filament and 3DLAC)
The JGAurora A3S has a slick, futuristic design with a durable, full-metal frame. It’s certainly a contender for the most attractive 3D printer of the year. The intuitive 3.2-inch full-colour touchscreen makes the A3S 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 at an affordable price.
£329.00 (inc. VAT)
Flashforge Adventurer 3
The Adventurer 3 is a new showing from FlashForge and it is an attractive, compact desktop 3D printer. It is the only one on featured on this list that has an enclosed chamber design. This does limit the print size to 150mm x 150mm x 150mm, but it does make it more suitable to use at home and in classrooms.
It has a range of excellent features which you would typically find on more expensive printers. The pick of the bunch is a built-in camera so you can check the progress of your printing job in real time. It is a fantastic looking machine with excellent build quality.
£334.00 (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.