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The Best Cheap 3D Printers for 2022

While we'd hesitate to call 3D printing a mature technology, you might say it has reached its teenage years. Through their first decade-and-change, 3D printers have come down in price, grown easier to set up and operate, and become more reliable. And you may pay less than you expect: Many once-high-end features have migrated down to inexpensive models.

PC Labs has been reviewing 3D printers since 2013. Today, the state of 3D printing is strong, but that wasn’t always the case. For the first several years, it was often an adventure getting one of these printers up and running, let alone successfully through our testing regimen. Issues with filament-based—aka fused filament fabrication (FFF) or fused deposition modeling (FDM)—printers were abundant.

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Original Prusa Mini

4.5 Outstanding

Best Overall Budget 3D Printer

Bottom Line:

It requires assembly and calibration care (plus shipping from the Czech Republic), but the Original Prusa Mini is a compact, open-frame 3D printer that consistently produces superb-quality output for a great price.

Pros

  • Top-notch object quality
  • Supports a variety of filament types
  • Useful, professionally printed user guide
  • Great support resources
  • Versatile, user-friendly software

Cons

  • First-layer calibration can be tricky
  • Only includes starter packets of filament
  • Requires monitoring if young children or pets are around

Read Our Original Prusa Mini Review

XYZprinting da Vinci Mini

4.0 Excellent

Best Budget 3D Printer for Schools, Community Centers

Bottom Line:

The XYZprinting da Vinci Mini is a consumer-oriented 3D printer that provides a winning combination of low price, ease of setup and use, solid print quality, and smooth, misprint-free operation.

Pros

  • Very low price.
  • Reasonably priced filament.
  • Good print quality.
  • No misprints in testing.
  • Easy setup and operation.
  • Quiet.
  • Prints over a USB or Wi-Fi connection.

Cons

  • Occasional problems in trying to launch prints.
  • Removing printed objects from the print bed is sometimes tricky.

Read Our XYZprinting da Vinci Mini Review

Toybox 3D Printer

4.0 Excellent

Best Budget 3D Printer for Children

Bottom Line:

The Toybox 3D Printer works well as a model designed for children, offering reliable printing from a browser or mobile device and a few thousand toys to print, plus creative options to output drawings or photos. Just bear in mind the tiny build area.

Pros

  • Reliable, misprint-free printing
  • Easy setup
  • One-touch operation
  • Well-composed help resources
  • Access to more than 2,000 printable toys and projects
  • Lets you create your own printable designs

Cons

  • Tiny build area
  • Not ideal for importing 3D files created elsewhere

Read Our Toybox 3D Printer Review

Monoprice Mini Delta V2 3D Printer

4. 0 Excellent

Best Budget 3D Printer for Beginners, Non-Techies

Bottom Line:

3D printing gurus will be intrigued by the Monoprice Mini Delta V2's use of the delta rather than Cartesian coordinate system, but beginners will just enjoy its low price, ease of use, and speedy printing.

Pros

  • Sub-$200 price
  • Quick, nearly misprint-free printing
  • Easy setup and operation
  • Sturdy steel-and-aluminum frame
  • Supports multiple filament types

Cons

  • Tiny build area
  • So-so print quality
  • Mere one-year warranty

Read Our Monoprice Mini Delta V2 3D Printer Review

Anycubic i3 Mega S

3.5 Good

Best Budget 3D Printer With an Open Design, Big Build Area

Bottom Line:

The Anycubic i3 Mega S, an inexpensive open-frame 3D printer, produced decent-quality prints in our testing. To get the most out of it, though, may require precise calibration.

Pros

  • Modestly priced
  • Large build area for an inexpensive printer
  • Supports a variety of filament types
  • Generally solid print quality
  • Uses well-known Cura software

Cons

  • Finicky print-platform alignment
  • Supported coils of filament are small
  • Poorly placed spool holder

Read Our Anycubic i3 Mega S Review

Anycubic Vyper

3.5 Good

Best Budget 3D Printer for the Biggest Build Area Possible

Bottom Line:

Anycubic's modestly priced Vyper whips up large 3D prints on its open-frame design, and provides automatic print-bed leveling. Just know that some minor assembly is required—and printed objects may require a bit of cleanup.

Pros

  • Relatively large build area
  • Automatic bed leveling
  • Simple assembly

Cons

  • Short (one-year) warranty
  • Includes only a small starter filament coil
  • Using Cura software with the Vyper requires tweaking a couple of settings
  • Test prints showed some "hairy" filament residue

Read Our Anycubic Vyper Review

Creality Ender-3 V2

3. 5 Good

Best Budget 3D Printer for Tinkerers and DIY Types

Bottom Line:

Hands-on tweaking defines Creality's budget-price Ender-3 V2, an open-frame 3D printer that you build from a kit. It produces generally above-par prints, but its print bed can be tricky to keep leveled.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Slightly above-average print quality
  • Good-size build area for its price
  • Supports several filament types

Cons

  • Manual print-bed leveling can be tricky
  • Setup instructions could be deeper, more legible
  • Questionable quality control on some parts

Read Our Creality Ender-3 V2 Review

Flashforge Finder 3D Printer

3.5 Good

Best 3D Printer for the Very Tightest Budgets

Bottom Line:

The Flashforge Finder 3D Printer is moderately priced and offers good print quality, but it proved tricky to get up and running in our tests.

Pros

  • Quiet.
  • Good print quality.
  • Connects via USB 2.0 cable, USB thumb drive, or Wi-Fi.
  • Reasonably priced.

Cons

  • Some objects pulled off the platform during testing.
  • Poor documentation.
  • Modest build volume.
  • Limited to printing with polylactic acid filament (PLA).

Read Our Flashforge Finder 3D Printer Review

Polaroid PlaySmart 3D Printer

3.5 Good

Best Budget 3D Printer for Dabbling in Small Objects

Bottom Line:

The Polaroid PlaySmart 3D Printer is a compact, stylish 3D printer with above-par overall print quality, but, alas, a tiny build area for the money.

Pros

  • Small, lightweight for a desktop 3D printer.
  • Easy to set up and use.
  • Supports PLA, PETG, and wood composite filaments.
  • Multiple-color support.
  • Wi-Fi camera monitors print jobs.
  • Prints from USB drives, SD cards, or mobile devices.

Cons

  • High price for its capabilities.
  • Small build area.
  • Too-brief warranty.

Read Our Polaroid PlaySmart 3D Printer Review

XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 A Pro

3.5 Good

Best Budget 3D Printer With Closed Design, Roomy Build Area

Bottom Line:

The XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 A Pro is a moderately priced closed-frame 3D printer with a large build volume and overall good performance, but a potentially balky filament-feeding system.

Pros

  • Spacious build area
  • Works with third-party filaments
  • Self-leveling print bed

Cons

  • Build plate is not heated
  • Limited to PLA- and PETG-based filaments
  • Guide tube is prone to detaching

Read Our XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 A Pro Review

Monoprice Voxel 3D Printer

3. 0 Average

Best Budget 3D Printer for Cheap Filament

Bottom Line:

The Monoprice Voxel is an under-$400 3D printer that's easy to set up and use. It exhibits generally good print quality, but it was unable to print two of our test objects.

Pros

  • Easy to set up and use.
  • Budget price for printer and filament spools.
  • Supports PLA, ABS, and several composite filament types.
  • Versatile software.
  • Prints over Ethernet or Wi-Fi, or from a USB thumb drive.

Cons

  • Frequent misprints on certain test objects.
  • Slightly balky touch screen.

Read Our Monoprice Voxel 3D Printer Review

Filament feeders had to be coaxed into delivering filament from the spool to the extruder. Print beds had to be manually aligned. The extruder or hot end had to be positioned just right to minimize the gap between the nozzle and the build plate (the flat surface on which the object is printed). Objects frequently stuck to the build plate, and required careful, sometimes unsuccessful, efforts to pry them off. These and other issues required painstaking effort to resolve, often combined with calls to tech support.

Not so much anymore. While they can still be rebellious at times, 3D printers have grown up a lot, and achieving the 3D printer basics has gotten a lot less likely to end in a shouting match over small things.


What to Look for in a Cheap 3D Printer

The big difference is the change that has come to the cheaper models. Nowadays, many of those ornery 3D-printing issues have been resolved (most of the time, anyway), even for consumer and bargain-priced 3D printers. Automatic print-bed leveling is the norm, and you can usually remove 3D-printed objects from heated and/or flexible build plates with a minimum of coaxing. Most 3D printer manufacturers have either developed and refined their own software, or have adapted an open-source printing platform such as Cura(Opens in a new window).

What separates more expensive 3D printers from cheap ones ("cheap" defined as $500 or less, for the purposes of this article) is often a select group of features. These include the build volume, the type of frame, the varieties of supported filament, the software, and the connectivity mix. Let's run through those in turn.

What's the Right Build Volume for a 3D Printer?

A 3D printer’s build volume is the maximum dimensions (HWD) of a part that it can print. (We say “a part” because a 3D-printed object can consist of multiple parts that are printed, then glued or otherwise pieced together.) While the smallest build volume of any 3D printer we have tested is 3.9 by 3.9 by 4.9 inches, we consider any build volume smaller than 6 by 6 by 6 inches to be small, any between that and 10 by 10 by 10 inches as medium, and any printer with at least one build dimension of more than 10 inches as having a large build volume.

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As a general rule, inexpensive 3D printers have small build volumes, while more expensive ones have larger build volumes. This depends in part on the type of printer. Closed-frame 3D printers—and most semi-open models, which have a rigid top, base, and sides but are open in front and, often, back—tend to have small build volumes, while open-frame printers, lacking as rigid a physical structure, often have relatively large build volumes for the price. You'll want to weigh the build volume against the kinds of objects you will print.

Should I Get an Open-Frame or Closed-Frame 3D Printer?

Which brings us to the frame "form factor" question: open-frame versus closed-frame. Closed-frame 3D printers are boxlike devices, with a rigid base, walls (with a see-through door in front), and top. Among their advantages? They muffle the operating noise, as well as reduce the odor from melted filament (which is potentially an issue with ABS plastic), and they provide some protection for people or pets who might inadvertently touch the hot extruder. A downside: They tend to have smaller build volumes than open-frame 3D printers, which have fewer (often, no) walls to constrict them.

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Low-cost 3D printers include both open-frame and closed-frame models, as well as a few stereolithography printers. If a relatively large build volume is a priority, you’re likely to get more bang for the buck with an open-frame model. Open-frames do have some clear downsides by definition: They tend to be noisy, emit odors when certain plastics are melted, and provide little protection for someone who might touch the hot extruder.

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Also, recognize some potential negatives of open frames, depending on the model. Some require assembly, being essentially kits, and most require more setup care than a closed-frame printer, plus more maintenance to keep them running smoothly. Still, these very traits should not deter—and may even appeal to—hobbyists and DIY folks.

What Should I Look for in 3D Printer Software and Connectivity?

Gone are the days when tinkerers had to cobble together several different programs to get a 3D printer to run. Manufacturers either include their own 3D printing program or modify an existing platform such as the open-source Cura.

3D printing software performs three main functions: processing an object file (resizing, moving, rotating, and in some cases duplicating it), slicing it (into virtual layers, based on your chosen resolution), and printing it. These are almost universally combined into a seamless process. Some high-end printers have software that supports a wider range of settings you can tweak, but even the basic suites work at least reasonably well.

More likely to vary among the cheaper set is the array of connection options from model to model. Nearly all have a USB Type-A port to fit a thumb drive for printing from document files. Most also have a USB Type-B port for connecting directly to a computer, and some offer Wi-Fi, too (or as an alternative), while a handful let you connect via Ethernet to share the printer across a local network.

Some printers support storing 3D files on an SD or microSD card (which may also contain the printer’s system files). Most 3D printer manufacturers (even the discount ones) have a mobile app to launch and monitor print jobs, and a few provide access to cloud services from which you can print.

While high-end 3D printers tend to have an abundance of connection choices, discount models vary widely in their choices. Some are generous and some are basic, so it pays to assess what a given model offers.

What Should I Look for in Filament Support?

Filament support tends to be a key area that separates the cheaper models from the higher-end ones. (See our guide to understanding 3D printing filaments for more particulars.) Inexpensive 3D printers tend to support a limited number of plastic filament types, some of them only PLA and/or ABS.

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PLA (polylactic acid) is a biodegradable, plant-based polymer, while ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is the same tough plastic that Legos are made from. Objects printed from ABS are durable and nontoxic, though the material can be tricky to work with. ABS can emit an acrid, unpleasant odor during printing, and the bottom corners of objects being printed with it have a tendency to curl upward a bit, especially if you are using a non-heated print bed. This can lead to unsightly prints, and/or prints prematurely pulling off the build plate, ruining them.

Many entry-level and low-price 3D printers stick exclusively to PLA. If you want to experiment with a larger variety of filaments—which include water-soluble filament, wood- and metal-laced composites, and both tough and flexible varieties—you may have to pay more, although a few discount models support a wide range of materials.

Should I Consider a 3D Printing Pen Instead?

Although they aren’t printers per se, inexpensive 3D pens are close kin to 3D printers—using the same filament types and a similar extrusion system—and we include them in the 3D printing category. Rather than tracing out a programmed pattern, you use the 3D pen much like a normal pen, except that you draw with molten plastic. You can trace a pattern or draw freehand, and even draw in three dimensions as the plastic quickly solidifies and hardens once extruded.

Most 3D pens cost less than $100, and some cost $50 or less. At a glance, 3D pens may appear to be toys, but some artists and craftspeople have taken to them, as it is possible to make quite complicated and beautiful objects with them. If your aim in 3D printing is something closer to freehand design and free expression than computer-centric, structured, and repeatable output, you might give one a try.


So, Which Cheap 3D Printer Should I Buy?

Buying a budget 3D printer needn’t mean a world of sacrifice. Plenty of capable and reliable models sell at less than $500, and while they may not be as feature-rich as their more expensive cousins, there's no sense in paying for things you don’t need.

Many casual 3D-printing experimenters will be fine with printing over a USB cable or from a thumb drive, and sticking to PLA may be the best choice for a starter 3D printer. If you focus just on the features you want, you may be pleasantly surprised at what you find. Here we feature the best under-$500 3D printers we have reviewed. Also check out our guide to our favorite 3D printers overall.

8 Best Small, Compact, Mini 3D Printers You Can Get (2022) – 3D Printerly

Many people who are after a new 3D printer don’t necessarily want the latest model, or the largest machine out there. Sometimes they just want a simple, compact, mini 3D printer behind them that doesn’t take up too much room.

With this in mind, I decided to write an article on 8 of the best mini 3D printers on the market right now, some very cheap, and others a little more premium, but packed with features.

If you fall into this category of wanting a smaller 3D printer, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to help you make a decision on what mini 3D printer to get for yourself.

In this article, we will unwrap 8 best mini, compact 3D printers, their features, specifications, pros, cons, and reviews.

When you survey the printing market, you will see a variety of 3D printers – with different sizes and different features, coming at different rates. But it is better to learn about the product before buying it, and that exactly is what we are doing here. Let’s get started.

“Best printer to give a start to your 3D printing journey.”

Strong and Efficient Body

Flashforge is a very notable brand of 3D printers. Their all-new model Flashforge Finder is a brilliantly compact 3D printer made with a strong body. Its slide-in plates are built in a way that easily allows the printed objects to be removed.

Moreover, print quality is very stable because of the sturdy, plastic-alloy construction. With its safely placed, not-heated print plate, Flashforge Finder is an amazing printer to start with.

Well-Featured 3D Printer

Apart from its highly functional body, Flashforge Finder is backed by powerful features. Its 3.5-inch large full-color LCD Touchscreen is very intuitive and helps a lot in operations.

More than that, the Wi-Fi connection enables online printing – with the availability of offline printing through USB.

Pros

  • Strong, sturdy body
  • Easy operations
  • Simple for beginners
  • Great connectivity
  • Compact size
  • Very low price
  • Has firmware updates for improvements

Cons

  • Non-heated print bed so cannot print with ABS

Features

  • Plastic-alloy body structure
  • 3.5-inch full-color Touchscreen
  • Intuitive display icons
  • Slide-in build plate
  • Wi-Fi available
  • USB connectivity

Specifications

  • Brand: Flashforge
  • Build Volume: 140 x 140 x 140mm
  • Weight: 24.3 pounds
  • Voltage: 100 volts
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • USB: Yes
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Heated bed: No
  • Warranty: 90 days

Check the price of the Flashforge Finder from Amazon and get yourself one today!

“Awesome printer for this price.

Easy to Launch and Run

Qidi Tech is a familiar name in the world of 3D printers. Their models have always marked the record and the X-One2 is another miracle from Qidi Technology. It is a compact, mini printer that is quite easy to set up and use.

In fact, this printer is designed on the plug-and-play approach, which makes it easy to use. Just within the hour of unboxing, you can start printing without lag.

Preassembled and Responsive

The X-One2 is great for beginners. It comes preassembled, and on the screen, this printer shows easily recognizable icons and functions, which erases many complications.

The interface also shows a couple of indications, such as temperature rising alert, being a perfect printing assistant.

These intuitive indications seem small and ignorable, but they help beginners and newbies, thus contributing to 3D printer’s productivity.

Amazing Features

Although users claim that X-One2 is best for beginner’s level, its features tell otherwise. This machine is backed by various features.

Its modern features include open source filament mode, making it able to run on any slicer.

With the connectivity of the SD card, you can print offline. The slicer software is also the best one in this printer and in addition to that, its heated bed is the cherry on top, making it open to all types of filaments.

All these features denote that this is one of the best and well-featured 3D printers in the market.

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Amazing features
  • Best-quality prints
  • Easy to operate
  • Preassembled
  • Open to all filaments

Cons

  • No automatic bed-leveling

Features

  • 3.5-inch full color touchscreen
  • SD card supported
  • Plug-and-play
  • Heated bed
  • Open-source
  • Powerful slicer software
  • Supports ABS, PLA, PETG

Specifications

  • Brand: Qidi Technology
  • Build Volume: 150 x 150 x 150mm
  • Weight: 41. 9 pounds
  • SD Card: Yes
  • USB: Yes
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Heated bed: Yes
  • SD Card (included)
  • Customer Support: 6 months

“It’s exceeding my expectations for build quality and output.”

Excellent Quality Print Support

The Monoprice Select Mini V2 is a one-of-a-kind printer. Its wide range of features that incomparably support printing quality makes this 3D printer included in this list.

For starters, the heated plate is itself a nice feature that is enough to increase range of printing filaments. It is accompanied by an adjustable extruder temperature.

To be clear, several kinds of filaments will work on the Monoprice V2. Unlike other printers in this price, this printer comes totally assembled and ready to use.

Compact Size

As for the size, Monoprice V2 has a perfect, compact size. Its design is sleek and sturdy, which also makes it durable. Its small footprint and open-frame build make it easy to fit on your desk without occupying too much space.

Pros

  • Ready to use
  • Preassembled
  • Professional print quality
  • Compact size
  • Advanced machinery
  • Low price
  • Great value to money

Cons

  • No automatic bed leveling

Features

  • All-metal nozzle
  • 3.7-inches large LCD Touchscreen
  • Heated plate
  • Open source filaments
  • Wide range extruder temperature
  • USB, Wi-Fi supported
  • Works on Windows and Mac

Specifications

  • Brand: Monoprice
  • Build Volume: 120 x 120 x 120mm
  • Weight: 14.10 pounds
  • SD Card: Yes
  • USB: Yes
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Heated bed: Yes
  • SD Card: Yes
  • Compatible with: Windows, Mac, Cura, Repetier.

“Easy setup and amazing prints.”

Smooth Runner

The Anycubic Photon S is an upgraded model, succeeded by Anycubic Photon (without S). And let me tell you, that upgrade was totally worth it.

Its 3D printing is exemplary. Apart from its features, it is a quick starter, as quick as lightning. Almost preassembled, Photon’s configuration does not take any time, and it launches smoothly.

Dual Rails

The stable bed of the Anycubic Photon S is set on a dual Z-axis rail, so you don’t have to worry about wobbling problems with this printer. The bed will stay away from any unforeseen movement. It improves the quality of the print, notably.

UV Lighting

The Anycubic Photon S is one of the few cheap and compact printers that offer UV Lightning for better print quality. It defines the resolution and accuracy, making the 3D prints excellently detailed.

Pros

  • Very compact
  • Detailed print quality
  • Great additional features
  • Easy to launch and run
  • Great value to money
  • Enclosed design

Cons

  • Flimsy design

Features

  • UV Touchscreen LCD
  • Aluminum-made body
  • Air filtration system
  • Dual Z-axis rails
  • Offline Printing

Specifications

  • Brand: Anycubic
  • Machine Size: 230 x 200 x 400mm
  • Build Volume: 115 x 65 x 165mm
  • Weight: 19. 4 pounds
  • SD Card Reader: Yes
  • USB: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • CE Certified Power Supply

“A very sturdy 3D Printer.”

Smooth Functions and Machinery

Monoprice, as it is said above, is a brand that produces printers with certain qualities. The Mini Delta (Amazon) is nothing different. It is made with selected parts and designed with extremely easy functioning machinery.

The Mini Delta’s auto-calibration is brilliant; the printer self-calibrates itself, so you don’t have to worry about manual bed leveling. Furthermore, the printer comes fully assembled, just plug and play.

Durable Body

This machine is made up of a durable and robust body that is unique for a mini printer. Its steel frame and anodized aluminum frame bring a sleek look to the printer and makes it able to withstand rough-and-tough situations.

Well-Featured Printer

It is accompanied by good features. The prominent one is its open-source mode, which enables heated print bed and nozzle heat to a wide range of temperatures. The heated bed allows all types of filament to run on this printer, which is a great advantage.

In addition to that, the prints have detailed, professional quality, glamouring up to 50-micron layer resolution which is a good resolution for a small, compact 3D printer like the Mini Delta.

With the connectivity of USB, Wi-Fi, and SD Card, online and offline printing becomes amazingly easy.

Pros

  • Fully assembled
  • Whisper quiet operation
  • Easy functioning
  • Good machinery
  • Strong body
  • Great features
  • Good value to money

Cons

  • No on/off switch (confusing)
  • Cura profiles must be made.

Features

  • Auto-calibration
  • Steel and aluminum-made frame
  • Open-source
  • Wide temperature range
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • 50-micron resolution
  • Offline printing

Specifications

  • Brand: Monoprice
  • Build Volume: 110 x 110 x 120mm
  • Weight: 10. 20 pounds
  • SD Card: Yes
  • USB: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Touchscreen: No
  • SD Card included
  • Comes fully assembled

“Compact, portable and scalable.”

Portable Workhorse

The LulzBot Mini 2 (Amazon) is a versatile desktop 3D printer, small in size and high in performance. Due to its compaction, it is portable and lightweight – you can take it anywhere. It is perfect for classrooms, offices, homes, and anywhere else, providing excellent results with numerous upgrades.

Plug and Play Functionality

As soon as you unbox the LulzBot Mini 2, it will be ready to work. That is called plug and play approach, on which this printer is designed. After a quick start, you can connect with the Cura LulzBot Edition Software, which will make it easier for you to print 3D model files with over 30 materials.

Premium Quality Hardware and Machinery

The LulzBot Mini 2 is made of premium-quality imported parts. These parts require minimal maintenance and function exceptionally well.

A great thanks to Trinamic TMC motor, accompanied by premium igus polymer bearings, the printer makes little-to-no noise and keeps the room calm and welcoming.

Pros

  • Excellent quality of hardware
  • Plug and play design
  • Portable
  • Power-packed machine
  • Compact size, desktop
  • Low noise
  • High print bed & nozzle temperature
  • 1-year phone and email technical support

Cons

  • Uses 2.85mm filament (not as many options)

Features

  • Genuine Titan E3D Aero Hotend
  • Z-axis mode for accurate prints
  • Reversable PEI/glass heated build plate
  • Whisper Quiet operation
  • Self-cleaning, self-leveling technology
  • Automatic bed leveling
  • Built-in nozzle Self-cleaning
  • LCD Screen
  • GLCD Controller for tetherless printing

Specifications

  • Brand: LulzBot
  • Build Volume: 160 x 160 x 180mm
  • Weight: 26. 5 pounds
  • SD Card: Yes
  • USB: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • LCD Printing: Yes
  • 1-year technical support

“It is very useful to develop a sense of creativity in children.”

Ready to Use, Safe and Reliable

The CR-100 Mini is a unique, compact 3D printer manufactured by Tresbo Creality. This printer is all about being creative, developing the most detailed prints for beginners and young ones to enjoy.

Unlike other low-cost printers, the CR-100 3D comes wholly assembled and already calibrated. As soon as you unleash it out of its wrapping, it will be ready to use. Besides that, this creation of Tresbo is very safe and reliable, ensuring errorless work. Firstly, this printer uses non-toxic, environmental-friendly biodegradable PLA.

Moreover, it is safe from any electrical malfunctions because it consists of flame-retardant fuselage and high-end electrical parts. This also adds a great advantage to children’s safety, and they can use it without any worry.

Lightweight and Portable

The CR-100 is exceptionally lightweight, weighing around not more than 6.1 pounds, so it can be carried anywhere. When you are cleaning or organizing your desk, the 3D printer can be moved anywhere easily.

Moreover, it helps make it easier for kids. When beginners and children are using the printer to be creative, they do not have to go through heavyweight and immovability. 6 pounds is light enough for anyone to lift and move it. And because of its lightweight, it adds a lot to the portability advantage.

Great Variety of Features

Tresbo has ensured that every customer gets a free sample of PLA filament and a free MicroSD card with a CR-100 Mini printer, but that is just a start. This printer is backed by more and more great features upgrades.

The touch screen of the CR-100 is designed with a one-button manual that starts printing within 30 seconds. More than that, you can use the remote control, which is connected to the printer through infra.

In addition to that, automatic bed leveling, low voltage, and silent working mode make this printer the best one, and not only kids, but it seems like everyone can use it for their own creative work.

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Preassembled
  • Safety centered
  • Reliable and durable quality
  • Lightweight, portable
  • Low noise
  • Low price

Cons

  • No heated bed
  • No filament sensor

Features

  • Auto calibrated
  • Automatic bed leveling
  • Removable magnetic bed
  • Silent mode
  • Safety ensured
  • Easy-to-use touchpad
  • Non-toxic PLA-made filament

Specifications

  • Brand: Tresbo
  • Build Volume: 100 x 100 x 80mm
  • Weight: 6 lbs
  • Voltage: 12v
  • Noise: 50db
  • SD Card: Yes
  • Touchpad: Yes

“Excellent machine for this price.”

Perfect 3D Printer for Beginners

Labists is a brand that satisfies customers in every category, this means kids too. For beginners and kids, the Labists Mini is a perfect desktop 3D printer. It is accompanied by excellent features, and its structure is lightweight, portable, and adorable – all at a very affordable price.

Fast and Easy Functions

The Labists Mini 3D printer is easy to use and smoothly operated. Apart from its fast processing, its high-end power supply below 30W makes it a super energizer workhorse. It is safe from electrical malfunctions.

Pros

  • Perfect for kids
  • Easy to use
  • Small size
  • Lightweight
  • Ultra-silent printing
  • Quick assembly
  • Portable
  • Low price

Cons

  • Comes unassembled
  • Non-heated bed
  • Only prints with PLA

Features

  • DIY Project Printer
  • Electrically safe and reliable
  • High-quality power supply
  • Self-developed slicing software
  • Silent Work Mode
  • Fast temperature heater (3 minutes for 180°C)
  • Removable Magnetic Plate
  • Non-toxic PLA filament

Specifications

  • Brand: Labists
  • Build Volume: 100 x 100 x 100mm
  • Weight: 2. 20 pounds
  • Voltage: 12v
  • No connectivity
  • 1.75mm filament
  • PLA only

Mini, Compact Printers – Buying Guide

3D printers are a great revolutionary symbol in the world of technology. Instead of typical printers, 3D printers let you be fully creative. From their appearance to their features, everything is better.

There are several features that people compare when looking to buy a 3D printer, but for smaller, more compact machines, it isn’t as difficult a decision, though you still want to make a good choice.

During this decision making, this section will give you a little insight into what to be looking for when buying your ideal mini 3D printer.

Size and Weight

We are talking about mini and compact 3D printers here, so size matters. I do not mean “weight” by size. Because two printers with the same sizes can cause a difference of up to 10 pounds when it comes to weight – weight depends on the machinery.

For compact printers, choose the desktop one. They all have small, portable sizes. And they are also lightweight. Though, you may face some lack of features in them.

If you need a foolproof workhorse and power loaded machine, you will have to let go of the “lightweight” feature.

Heated Bed

A heated bed is a print plate that enables an open-source mode for all kinds of filaments. The most common filament is PLA, and that is what most printers use.

A heated bed enables you to use ABS, PETG, and other filament materials along with PLA.

Many mini 3D printers do not have a heated bed, but the higher quality ones do. If you really want to bring up your 3D printing game on an excellent level, a heated bed is what will allow you to be most creative.

LCD Touchscreen or Dial

Touchscreen displays do not seem like a valuable component of a printer, but for beginners and newbies, it adds a lot of levels of improvement. LCD can be touch or button-operated, it is upon how much you spend.

It enables an intuitive and creative way to access things, adds an air of relaxation (because you see printing status right on your screen), and adds a lot to the productivity and convenience.

Where LCD is not possible, go for a touchscreen.

Price

In the 3D printing field, you would be surprised just how much a cheap 3D printer can compete with a very expensive 3D printer.

Even on Amazon, I saw a machine worth around $5,000, but had a 1 star rating and several complaints about components breaking, not printing out of the box and so on.

Better than price, you should be looking at brand, reliability, and durability in a 3D printer. You can usually find out these important factors by doing a little research and looking through reviews of popular 3D printers.

When you go for a certain brand like Creality, Anycubic, Monoprice and many more, it’s hard to get a low-quality printer delivered to you. Depending on what features you are after, you’ll see an increase in price.

In other cases, a cheaper 3D printer has all the necessary features to operate smoothly and produce high quality prints, so don’t look too far towards price in your decision for picking a 3D printer.

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Bigger is not always better, which is why IDM LAB offers a very small stereolithographic 3D printer for those who are involved in testing photopolymers or 3D printing any laboratory, dental or jewelry little things. Nya!

This LCD Masked Stereolithography (MSLA or LCD-SLA) 3D printer is designed with very specific niches in mind. One is custom 3D printing of dental and jewelry models such as crowns, bridges, rings or earrings. From the second, everything is more interesting: many laboratories, developers of photopolymer materials and scientists working in the field of bioprinting need equipment to test photopolymer materials in practice and certify. In other words, they need 3D printers, but they don't need large systems. Verification requires only the small volumes of materials needed to 3D print small test samples, but even small desktop stereolithography systems have to fill in quite a lot of photopolymer - a hundred milliliters or more. All unused goodness then needs to be poured back into the container, and along the way it will collect extra photons and dust, and even the delicate cuvette needs to be cleaned.

In general, for convenience, something smaller is needed here, a kind of Petri dish instead of a bucket, and PicoFAB should fill this nominal niche. We are talking about a full-fledged stereolithographic 3D printer for photopolymers with a wavelength of 405 nm, but with a working area of ​​​​only 24x24 mm and a build height of about 50 mm. XY resolution is one hundred microns, Z-axis resolution is 25, 50 or 100 microns, and 10-15 milliliters of resin is enough for refilling, poured into a stainless steel bath, which can be sterilized if necessary. The dimensions of the baby itself are only 176x142x92 mm.

Early prototype PicoFAB 3D printer - still under the old brand

The miniature system was developed by employees of Lumi Industries, an Italian manufacturer of 3D printers and not only, known for a variety of exotic and eclectic projects of varying degrees of commercial success. In the piggy bank of this enterprise there are Lumi Pocket LT foldable portable photopolymer 3D printers with tablets as illumination modules, and VVD volumetric visualization devices (something like Star Wars holoprojectors), and a LumiBee mini-printer, which also uses mobile phones for illumination. devices and at the same time consisting mainly of 3D printed parts.

LumiBee 3D printer

The company eventually refused to bring LumiBee to the commercial market, most likely due to low demand, but its founder Davide Marin finalized the design and posted the documentation in the public domain.

Apparently, something similar happened with PicoFAB. There is already a built-in illumination module, but also a very small working area, and although this device was originally promoted under the Lumi Industries brand, now another startup is pushing the modified system to the market - IDM LAB, which openly recognizes the connection with Lumi.

The exact cost is not specified, but it is stipulated that “less than 150 euros”. If you are interested in such an idea, you can make inquiries on the official website.

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