Ultimaker 3d printer cost

How much does a 3D printer cost? (2022 update)

David Durbin13 January 2022


3D printer categoryAverage price
Low-cost 3D printers$100 - $400
Hobbyist 3D printers$400 - $1,000
Enthusiast 3D printers$1,000 - $3,000
Professional 3D printers$3,000 - $10,000
Industrial 3D printer price$10,000+

If you're wondering how much a 3D printer costs. Or, if a 3D printer is worth it. You're in the right place.

The good news is this: These days you can find almost any 3D printer for any budget.

And while the average 3D printer price across the market is around $400...

That average is pulled down because of the high volume of low-cost 3D printers sold.

So is it worth it to buy a 3D printer in 2022? If yes, what is the best 3D printer for the price? And are there price range “sweet spots” that you should look out for?

You can prepare yourself to answer these questions by asking yourself:

Am I looking for a hobby or a tool?

And you can get the full answers by reading below.

How much does a 3D printer cost? Low-cost 3D printer prices start from $100 to $400. Then hobbyist 3D printers will set you back by up to $1,000. The next level of enthusiast and professional 3D printer prices range between $1,000 to $10,000. After that, the sky’s the limit – with industrial 3D printer prices starting at $10,000 but quickly reaching $100,000 or $250,000 for specialist technologies.

If you're looking to find out exactly how much Ultimaker printers cost, you can request a quote to find out now.

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DIY / Low-cost 3D printer price $100 - $400

Low-cost 3D printers are all about the novelty of the technology. They exist for newbies who want to say, "Hey – check out what I just 3D printed!" Almost all will come as kits that the buyer puts together. And while these machines might have beginner-friendly price tags... It won't be a beginner who can get them to produce a good 3D print. That's because manufacturing problems are too common to overlook. And these lead to a painful setup and user experience. Also, when asking how much does a basic 3D printer cost? This tier can save you money. But expect to pay more for modifications, upgrades, and repairs down the line. That said, if it's a choice between "having a 3D printer" and "not having a 3D printer", this tier offers the biggest bang for your buck.

The Ultimaker Original was sold as DIY 3D printer that you put together yourself

Hobbyist 3D printer price $400 - $1,000

3D printers at this price range can produce some great parts and models. But that's only after you have set them up and dialed in their settings. In this way, they are aimed at hobbyists. (People who are happy to spend time watching tutorials and tweaking settings to improve their prints.) This also limits your flexibility. Over time, you might be able to 3D print well with a basic material like PLA. But don't expect to switch filaments too easily. While these machines are often delivered as kits, manufacturing problems are less common.

Enthusiast / Prosumer 3D printer price $1,000 - $3,000

Up until this price range, almost all the 3D printers will have had an open design. But now you will begin to see more partially and fully enclosed printers that increase safety and print reliability. This also marks the end of the hobbyist range. And the start of 3D printing becoming a useful production tool. Therefore, the enthusiast and prosumer category is great for lower and higher education customers who want to avoid spending time on maintenance. Plus, they present a smart option to 3D print cheaply at home. These machines can 3D print a handful of materials with good reliability. However, these will often be own-brand filaments with carefully tweaked settings. The best enthusiast 3D printers include hardware and software features taken from the professional 3D printer price tier. On which note...

Safer, more reliable, and low maintenance – Enthusiast 3D printers are a great option for schools

Professional 3D printer price $3,000 - $10,000

A lot changes at this price point. Instead of being a technology to tweak and adjust, these 3D printers focus on easy use and adoption. They become one tool among many in an engineer's or designer's toolbox – giving a growing number of businesses a new way to innovate. And that's why, at this price point, FFF 3D printing is at its most disruptive. The only way this can happen is for the 3D printer to work – and for it to work hard. Expect a factory-tested machine that you can leave running over the weekend and come back to a finished part on Monday morning. Plus, prints start being repeatable. For example, if you 3D print the same part on the same printer in two or more locations...the part quality should be almost identical. The user also has more flexibility. You can choose to print with a build material and a support material in the same print (called dual extrusion), offering more design freedom. And you gain a growing range of engineering-grade material options. These can include materials reinforced with carbon fiber or even metal.

Professional 3D printers are workhorse tools for an increasing number of engineers and designers

Industrial 3D printer price $10,000+

3D printers that cost tens or hundreds of thousands are made to do a few things at a high level of quality. This includes production technology for specific materials, like high-temperature polymers or metal. 3D printing these materials with a high success rate often requires you to stay within a manufacturer's material portfolio and software stack. If you are in the market for an enterprise-level machine, this will rarely be the first 3D printer your company buys. And you will know what's required to make the investment: a strong business case, competitor analysis, and a purchase order. You or your company may be happy to pay extra for increased speed, accuracy, and reliability. But also know that, the higher you go in this price bracket, the more you chase diminishing returns.

Is a 3D printer worth it?

These five price tiers cover the majority of 3D printers sold today.

If you consider 3D printing as a hobby, 3D printing successfully will largely be paid for with your time and patience. If 3D printing needs to be a tool for you, then you will pay extra for a user experience that saves time and attention.

But it's also in this second category where 3D printing offers significant business value. And the right 3D printer can end up paying for itself with substantial time and cost savings.

The total cost of 3D printing

Finding the best 3D printer for the price, then, is not only about the machine you buy. The picture is bigger than just the initial price tag.

It's also about the software, accessories, materials, and service that go with it. Together, these contribute to an easy-to-use, time and cost-saving 3D printing experience.

The Ultimaker platform creates a seamless flow between hardware, software, and materials

For example, every Ultimaker 3D printer works seamlessly with Ultimaker Cura, which is updated every few months. They also ship with a suite of free online tools and e-learning courses. Together these resources transform your ability to click-and-print with up to 239 materials.

So it's no surprise that hundreds of leading companies – from Ford to L'Oréal – 3D print day and night with the Ultimaker platform to drive innovation and sustain their competitive advantage.

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How much does 3D printing cost?

David Roberson21 September 2021


Once you understand how 3D printing works, it's important to talk money. A 3D printer should be a long-term asset for your organization that delivers value for years after you buy it. But how much does 3D printing cost?

This return on investment is a benefit that sets 3D printing apart from other solutions like outsourcing. But as with any long-term asset, it pays to be aware of all the associated costs that come with owning a 3D printer, and which expenses – including 3D printer material costs – you need to plan for into the future.

The list below should help you understand the costs involved, how they differ depending on the technology, and which are one-off or repeating. (Prices are indicative and subject to change – so we recommend doing your own research too.)

3D printer price

With products on the market for anyone from a home user to the R&D divisions of blue-chip companies, 3D printer prices vary a lot. Typically, FFF offers the greatest variation in price, from hobbyist machines costing a few hundred dollars to higher-performance desktop printers in the $2,000 to $6,000 range. Desktop SLA printers start from around $2,000 to $3,000, while an SLS printer typically costs $10,000 plus. Larger-scale industrial machines of any technology will cost significantly more.


These can add extra functionality, but also add extra expense your 3D printing costs. Post-processing peripherals are almost essential for SLA and SLS printers. For example, SLA prints will otherwise have to be manually washed in isopropyl alcohol and left in the sun to cure – so in practice, these printers often require purchase of post-processing stations unless that appeals to you! For FFF, peripherals can streamline workflows such as material handling, but are up to you depending on your needs.

Maintenance and service

Typically, this should only be the cost of replacing the odd consumable part over time. Check what support your seller includes as part of the price – they may offer installation and maintenance included. Some products also come with extended warranty options or an annual service plan. These plans can add certainty for some customers, but be sure to read the fine print in detail to understand the terms and exactly what support you get if something goes wrong.


For regular use for an Ultimaker 3D printer, we calculated this to be around $50 per year. But if you want a more precise figure, check the power consumption specs of a 3D printer and make a calculation based on your likely usage and local energy prices.


Think of material costs like gas for your car. While not considerable in isolation, over the long-term it will be one of the biggest running costs. For FFF 3D printing, 3D printer filament prices (for an everyday material like PLA or PETG) are around $20 to $50 per kilogram, or $60 to $120 for specialized engineering or support filaments. Entry-level SLA resins cost around $50 per liter, and most professional options cost around $150 to $400. SLS powder can cost around $100 to $200 per kilogram.


Most professional level 3D printers come with some software included, usually so you can prepare your prints and manage printers. Many cheaper 3D printers don’t come with adequate software, but luckily our Ultimaker Cura software is compatible with hundreds of machines and free to download. And if you really want to scale 3D printing in your business unit or even entire organization, consider an enterprise software plan with added features like direct support, online training courses, and cloud storage for your parts and projects.

You can learn more in our total cost of ownership white paper – available to download for free.

A 3D printer is part of an ecosystem that includes peripherals, materials, and software – either from the manufacturer or third parties

Need more info on 3D printing?

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The modern all-in-one Ultimaker S5 is a robust 3D printer that combines all the advantages of an industrial machine with ease of use and a personal desktop format. High precision, the largest build area in the Ultimaker line of printers and a friendly interface will make your work with a 3D printer as easy and enjoyable as possible!

3D printing properties

Print technology Printing with plastic thread (FDM/FFF)
Application Prototyping, Prototyping, Design, Architecture, For educational institutions, Mechanical engineering, Medicine, For business, Large print area, Industrial 3D printers, Advertising, For engineering, Professional
Maximum printing size (LxWxH), mm 330x240x300
Positioning accuracy along the axes (X:Y:Z), µm 6. 9, 6.9, 2.5
Platform Heated glass platform
Number of printheads 2
Thread diameter 2.85 mm
Nozzle diameter 0.25 mm
Media ABS, PLA, Nylon, Special materials
Printable file formats STL, OBJ
How to download a project USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet


Screen type LCD TFT

Operating system

Development environment Cura - Official Ultimaker

Power supply

Power consumption 500 W

Requirements for conditions of use

Operating temperature requirements 15~32°C

Storage Requirements

Storage Temperature Requirements 0~32°C


Width 495 mm
Height 457 mm
Depth 520 mm
Weight 20. 5 kg

Unsurpassed precision from first to last layer

Ultimaker S5 combines a dual extruder system, an intuitive interface, advanced communication options, a filament control system and a large build area: 330x240x300 mm - the largest in the 3D printer line Ultimaker, but still comfortable for desktop use.

The dual extruder Ultimaker S5 allows you to print in 2 colors or 2 different materials. Any complex geometric shape can be printed using PLA, nylon, or CPE, along with a water-soluble PVA backing. The 3D printer has a closed chamber and a new glass print bed. The classic glass table is also included.

Advanced 3D Printing Features

The 's advanced multi-point automatic calibration system and advanced filament feed control system let you go about your business while the 3D printer does its job. Advanced 3D printing environment The Ultimaker S5 features a closed chamber, new glass print bed.

Cura Connect is a software that allows users to significantly increase the efficiency of several 3D printers by combining them into 1 cluster.

Print via Wi-Fi, Ethernet or USB . Thanks to NFC technology, the printer will automatically detect the material of the installed original spool. The 3D printer supports all common types of third-party materials.

The Ultimaker APP makes it easy to control the 3D printing process on multiple printers from a common local network and receive notifications wherever you are.

Main advantages:

  • Construction area: 330x240x300 mm
  • Filament control system
  • Two extruders, smart cores
  • Friendly interface
  • Industrial quality 3D printing at an affordable price
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