As we come into the final few months of 2019, we’re constantly asked what are the best budget 3D printers, especially for newbies looking to join our community. When we originally posted this article in 2018, the popularity of 3D printing was really starting to pick up. Now that it’s even more affordable and with a host of new machines entering the fray, we’ve decided to refresh this article and update it to the current standard.
2019 has been a great year for the 3D printing industry, especially for beginners and enthusiasts looking to grab a bargain. It has never been cheaper to get into 3D printing. There is now so much more choice, especially with brands such as Flashforge, Creality3D, Copymaster3D constantly providing more compelling options.
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:
*Prices are correct at the time of writing the article
Creality3D Ender 3
The first printer we have featured on our list is the Creality3D Ender-3. This machine is one of our best selling printers, and it’s no surprise. The Ender-3 offers a very generous print size (220 x 220 x 250mm) and superb print quality, all for under £200. It is an incredibly good value for money and is suited to both passionate 3D Printers and newbies starting fresh.
This is our top recommendation for the Best Budget 3D Printer on the market, especially with all the features it brings and the low price point it retails at.
Creality3D Ender-3 Pro
If you like the look of the Ender-3 but want a bit more power, the Ender-3 Pro is your best bet. This is the upgraded version of the Ender-3, giving you more features such as a magnetic print bed and an improved extruder and Y-axis, giving you a more consistent print quality.
The most common feedback we receive from this machine is how easy it is to set up and go, you can easily set this up and get it running within 30 minutes!
Since we first stocked this machine in August 2018, it has never been too far behind the Ender-3 in popularity. The Copymaster3d 300 features an incredibly large print size (300 x 300 x 400mm) and has a host of features that you would come to expect on printers over £500. The best of these features include; Run-out detection for filament, Dual Z-axis threaded guide rods and a magnetic, removable print bed.
Looking for a bigger printing size? There are a few variants of the Copymaster3D, giving you up to a 500 x 500 x 500mm print size!
Flashforge Adventurer 3
The Flashforge Adventurer 3 is one of the newest budget machines to come from Flashforge since 2018, but it is also one of the best they have made. The Adventurer 3 is great value for money, for under £300, you’re getting an attractive, compact desktop 3D printer with Auto-levelling and high-quality prints.
One of everyone's favourite features about this machine is the built-in camera, allowing you to check the print progress in real-time. No more waiting around needed!
The Creality3D LD-001 is a light-curing 3D printer, that is known for being one of the best budget light-curing 3D Printers on the market right now. It features an innovative feeding process that minimises the waste of money on re-fuelling and wastage. It is also up to 5 times faster at slicing when compared to other printers.
If you're looking for a budget 3D Printer, perfect for creating jewellery, architecture and game models, this is the one for you.
The JGAurora A3S is a looker, it features a slick, futuristic design with a durable, full-metal frame. The intuitive 3.2-inch full-colour touchscreen makes the A3S user-friendly and easy to use and comes as standard. The A3S also features a generous build volume of 205mm x 205mm x 205mm, Semi-Automatic Levelling Control and power failure detection.
A very high-end printer at an affordable price.
The CR-10S is probably the most well-known budget 3D printer on this list, after all, it is one of the most popular 3D Printers on the market. The CR-10S has an amazing print size, ranging from 300 x 400 x 400mm to 500 x 500 x 500mm. Partner this up with its wide filament compatibility and great print quality, this printer can be the powerhouse that you're looking for.
All this for under £350...
Flashforge Inventor 2
The Flashforge Inventor 2 is the natural successor to the fan-favourite Flashforge Finder. The Inventor 2 is a very high-quality, easy to use 3D Printer, featuring a whole host of features to make 3D Printing, as easy as possible. Thanks to its enclosed chamber design, it is very quiet but also very safe while printing, making it great for learning the younger ones!
The updated Flashprint software is also brilliant and easy to use.
The last printer on this list has to be the Anycubic Photon. The Anycubic Photon DLP is a 3D printer equipped with an easy to use 2.8-inch colour touch screen and has an amazing print quality. The in-built slicer is extraordinary when compared with its rivals, getting slicing jobs done within minutes. It also offers stable offline printing and a high-resolution 47µm.
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. If you want to save even more money, why not check out our Refurbished 3D Printers range?