Having a 3D printer in your home can be a transformative experience. Being able to easily manufacture the things you imagine is a powerful tool, not just as a hobby but as a means of income. We've been using 3D printers for 6 years now and have pulled together a list of our favorites for you to peruse.
Best for large prints
The Creality Ender 3 is the perfect balance between price and quality and makes some fantastic models.
- Quick setup
- Massive community support
- Lots of upgrades
- Takes some tweaking for perfect prints
The Ender 3 has been a fan favorite in the 3D printing community for years. Known for its cheap entry price, easy setup, and continued support, the Ender 3 is the perfect place to start your 3D printing journey.
The Ender 3 is an FDM printer, meaning it uses filament plastic to produce its models. This means you will need to buy yourself some filament to start printing. This roll of PLA will give you a nice selection of colors to start.
Setting up the printer is easy, just a few screws to tighten up and you will be printing straight away. The printer itself is simple to use with an LCD display to help you navigate the menus. Just choose the model you want to print, slice it on some software, and print it using the Ender 3! Simple.
You may want to take your time to learn about the Ender 3 while you wait for the printer to arrive. The printer itself can take a little tweaking out of the box to really get the most of it, but 3D printing is a process and we all learn to tweak our printers to get that perfect print!
Resin printing is fun
If you are looking to create detailed 3D prints then a resin printer is your best bet. The Elegoo Mars 2 is the leading resin printer and has a killer price point. I have been using the Mars for a long time now and I never get anything but perfect prints every time.
Safer for kids
If you are looking to use different materials, like ABS or flexible materials, or you are a family looking to use a 3D printer then the Digilab is the perfect choice. The enclosed printing area means you can print hotter filaments, and you can do it safely away from reaching little hands.
Compact and easy to use
For a first time printer you can't go wrong with the Select Mini V2. While the print bed is a little small, the Select Mini is ready to go as soon as you take it out of the box and will give you excellent prints every time.
A different style of printer
For a different style of printer that is affordable and portable look no further than the Monoprice Mini Delta. It has a compact form factor that can take a bump or two — due to the delta print head — and it is incredibly easy to set up and use. If you have never used a 3D printer before, the Mini Delta is an excellent entry point.
Imagine it, then make it!
3D printing is one of my favorite things to do. Having the ability to think of an object and bring it to life is incredibly powerful and can lead to a worthwhile career if you work at it. Many people have been able to create jobs by using a 3D printer and rapidly prototyping an idea they have had.
If you are looking for your first 3D printer, or you are looking to expand your print farm then the Creality Ender 3 is an excellent choice. The price point is fantastic for a printer of this size and the quality of the prints can be amazing if you spend the time to dial it in. All in all the Ender 3 is the best printer for you to buy right now.