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Best 3D Printers Under $1000

Best 3D Printers Under $1000 August 16, 2017 1:30 pm

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There are hundreds of 3D printers in the world nowadays, something that seems crazy when looking back at just decade ago. Because of this influx of technology, the 3D printer is no longer something that only a handful of people can own. There are many inexpensive 3D printers that do a respectable job and are available for anyone. We’ll look at ten of them to help you determine if one is a good fit for you.

 MD3 Micro


The MD3 Micro comes with a filament spool, instructions, and a limited warranty. One of the most unique factors of the Micro is that there are many color options so you can choose something that fits your personal aesthetic. The printer itself is an open-frame cube with round corners. It weighs a light 2.2 pounds and measures 7.3 inches on each side.

The Micro is quiet and inexpensive, something that is helping with its popularity. It’s not as fast or reliable as some other options, but it’s a great budget printer for someone who is just getting started with printing. In addition, the design makes it a great talking point.

MD3 Micro, $456.75, available at Amazon

Printrbot Play 1505


The Play 1505 is an example of amazing printer quality for a low price. Even without adjustments, the printing can come out looking better than many other printers at the price point. It’s consistent, as well, especially for an entry level printer. That said, it doesn’t offer a heated bed or allow printing with ABS, which might be cons for some users.

You can add a heated bed, but will need a more powerful power supply if you decide to go in that direction. Honestly, the price is great compared to other kits or assembled printers. It also gives you the perk of being able to use all of Printrbot’s design files.

Printrbot Play 1505, $245.06, available at Amazon

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0


The Da Vinci 1.0 is a machine that offers the ability to build large 3D objects. It also works as a 3D scanner, as well. For either purpose, it works well and is easy to use. The machine uses proprietary filaments and other equipment to ensure compatibility. In addition, the printer has a pretty reasonable price for someone looking to get started with 3D printing.

The printer comes precalibrated and preassembled so you only need to unpack it. You will also need to calibrate it before first use. Being a single extruder design, the machine can only use one filament at a time, which means the objects will be a single color.

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0, $549, available at Amazon

Printrbot Simple


The Simple comes as a kit or an assembled version and offers a great price point with either choice. The printer is small, coming in at 11 x 10 x 8 inches and less than 10 pounds. One of the ways that the company keeps prices down is by using a wooden frame, rather than metal. The belt also uses a string instead of rubber. It’s great for small printing projects however, including things like gears, figurines, and comparable items.

This machine is perfect for someone making their first 3D printer purchase. It may not be as aesthetically pleasing as some printers, but that’s another reason it can sell for so little.

Printrbot Simple, $749, available at Amazon

FlashForge Finder


The FlashForge Finder is a cube-shaped 3D printer with an open-frame and single extruder. Setting it up is simple courtesy of the included user guide and quick-start guide. You can print over Wi-Fi or through a USB connection, as well as from a USB thumb drive. That said, it may take a few attempts to get everything working properly.

The price on this product is reasonable and the machine has excellent print quality. It’s a wonderful choice for anyone who is looking for a budget 3D printer that will still offer better than average quality.

FlashForge Finder, $499, available at Amazon

UP! Plus 2


The Plus 2 offers both PLA and ABS printing and is designed to produce high-quality small object prints. The small size of the printer itself makes it easy to store and print from in the privacy of your own home. However, because of that small size, there is only a single print head, so it can print in only a single color at a time.

With the printer package, you will also receive a USB cable, power supply, filament cartridge, and maintenance tools. Software does not come packaged with it but it is available on the company website.

UP! Plus 2, $500, available at Amazon

Robo 3d R1 Plus


The R1 Plus from Robo is an easy to use printer with a large, self-leveling bed. It can also print from several different plastic filament types. The printer measures about 18 x 17 x 15 inches and weighs approximately 28 pounds. The build area, on the other hand, is 8 x 10 x 9, which is pretty good for the price when compared to competitors.

With the Robo, you get versatile software, consistent operation, a spacious print area, and the ability to use all sorts of nonstandard filaments, in addition to PLA and ABS. The print quality is decent, but there is better out there. However, for someone looking for a decently priced printer with plenty of versatility and reliability, you won’t do wrong purchasing a R1 Plus.

Robo 3d R1 Plus, $949, available at Amazon

Dremel DigiLab 3D20


The DigiLab 3D20 comes with a preloaded SD card, adhesive build surfaces, print removal tool, and bed leveling tool. Users will have everything they need, including filament, to start printing. The device is simple to set up, with a touchscreen UI that pops up on the first boot. It walks the user through getting everything ready and starting their first printing.

The device does not have a heated bed and doesn’t have the largest build area, but it does offer a great printing quality. It comes with lots of teaching aids and projects, making it an excellent choice for a novice printer.

Dremel DigiLab 3D20, $798,32, avilable at Amazon

FlashForge Creator Pro


The Creator Pro has a metal chassis with a polished look and feel. The front features a clear acrylic panel, which allows users to watch the printing process. There is also an LCD panel under the window, which allows users to assign tasks and gauge progress of projects. It features an SD slot and a USB interface will connect the printer to your computer.

You can expect some high-quality objects from this machine as it has the aluminum plate, dual-spool feeds, and a steel body. It’s simple to use two distinct colors of plastics or even assign separate tasks for each extruder. It’s also reasonably priced and comes with a 4 GB memory card with lots of great software.

FlashForge Creator Pro, $899, available at Amazon

Qidi Tech 1


The Qidi Tech 1 is a fully-enclosed printer with a metallic body, making it more durable than many PVC and wooden frame printers. It features a build plate made of aluminum and the system has been updated to avoid static that can be produced while printing is occurring. It is a dual extruder printer, which means it can print design with assorted colors easily.

The printer does not have Wi-Fi connectivity but can be connected by using a USB cable. It’s an excellent option for a beginner just getting into 3D printing and will last a good while without costing a pretty penny.

Qidi Tech 1, $699, available at Amazon

After looking at these ten printers, it seems clear that 3D printing is going nowhere. The average person can choose an entry-level printer which will offer them features that wouldn’t have been imaginable a few years ago. Depending on your needs, we hope that our top 10 list as led you closer to finding the right 3D printer for you and your household or business.