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MakerBot Replicator+
#3 in 3D printers

MakerBot Replicator+

16 Reviews + 6 Awards(16)
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£898.80
Ultimaker 2+

Ultimaker 2+

19 Reviews + 4 Awards(19)
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£1,163.03
Up! Mini 3D Printer

Up! Mini 3D Printer

4 Reviews + 1 Award(4)
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£465.00
XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1
#1 in 3D printers

XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3‑in‑1

£871.51
£500.00
£371.51 (43%) cheaper
than 23 days ago
XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0S All In One 3D Printer with Built in 3D Scanner

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0S All In One 3D Printer with Built in 3D Scanner

1 Review(1)
£484.98
£439.89
£45.09 (9%) cheaper
than 15 days ago
3D Systems Gen3

3D Systems Gen3

£399.99
£349.98
£50.01 (13%) cheaper
than 5 days ago
Flashforge Finder

Flashforge Finder

1 Review(1)
£399.99
Ultimaker 2 Extended+

Ultimaker 2 Extended+

£2,354.36
Up! Plus 2 3D Printer

Up! Plus 2 3D Printer

1 Review(1)
£634.99
XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer

£474.45
Polaroid ModelSmart 250S
#4 in 3D printers

Polaroid ModelSmart 250S

1 Review(1)
£1,449.98
Dremel 3D20

Dremel 3D20

1 Review(1)
£789.99
XYZprinting Da Vinci Junior 1.0

XYZprinting Da Vinci Junior 1.0

£249.98
CEL Robox 3D Printer

CEL Robox 3D Printer

£920.82
XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3in1
#2 in 3D printers

XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3in1

£405.22
£395.45
£9.77 (2%) cheaper
than 16 days ago
3D Systems CubePro Duo 3D Printer

3D Systems CubePro Duo 3D Printer

£2,159.99
3D Systems CubePro Trio 3D Printer

3D Systems CubePro Trio 3D Printer

£2,291.98
XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.1 Plus 3D Printer

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.1 Plus 3D Printer

£598.59
£399.89
£198.70 (26%) cheaper
than 28 days ago
XYZ Printing da Vinci 2.0A 3D Printer

XYZ Printing da Vinci 2.0A 3D Printer

£467.57
£399.90
£67.67 (14%) cheaper
than 31 days ago
XYZ Printing da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3in1 3D Printer

XYZ Printing da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3in1 3D Printer

£419.99
£396.94
£23.05 (5%) cheaper
than 16 days ago

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Choosing the right 3D Printer for you

3D printing is a new but rapidly growing field of printing and creating. Also known as ‘additive manufacturing’, 3D printers are very different from all other printers. Below we will give you an introduction to what 3D printers are, how they work and what attributes to consider when choosing a model.

3D printing, as the name suggests, involves taking a blueprint of an object and creating a fully-realised 3D model as a physical object. The object is not so much ‘printed’ as ‘constructed’ - the printer breaks the blueprint down into hundreds of small layers, then nozzles pump a special plastic material into the shape required for the layer. It then moves up the tiniest fraction, and repeats for the next layer, and so on. Using this method the model is constructed from the base up, and at the end you have a fully 3D version of the blueprint!

Because 3D printing is such a versatile technology, the scope of what you can print is astounding. People have successfully 3D printed everything from extremely-intricate toys and clothes to replacement parts for machines. Someone has even managed to print a fully-functional camera! Many of the blueprints used to create such things are freely available online, meaning that anyone with access to a 3D printer can download and fabricate the item!

Because the process is far cheaper and faster than creating many of the objects normally, 3D printing is increasingly being used for the creation of artificial limbs., especially for children. This is because they grow so quickly that they outgrow the size of their limbs, so cheaper, fast-produced replacements will utterly change the game.

3D printing is not just limited to medical or mechanical objects - there is a growing field dedicated to 3D printing food! While still in it’s infancy, people have already successfully used fine sugar syrups or protein pastes to create a wide array of foods, from sweets to savoury snacks.

In short, it’s an astoundingly exciting field, with a lot of potential. The tech has a long way to go still, but consumer models of machines are already available on the market for early adopters.

Pricing

Because 3D printing is such cutting-edge technology, models for early adopters come with a hefty price tag attached. Some small, lower end models can be got for around £300-400, but most come in between £750-1000. As with all very new tech, it’s expected that as more and more consumer models appear on the market, the prices will start to drop in the years to come. However right now, the price will form a substantial barrier to entry.

Size

Once you’ve decided to buy a machine, the next consideration is the size. Because there has to be enough space in the machine to fit the finished object, what you can create will be limited by the size of the machine. Small printers may only be able to fabricate objects a few centimetres across, while larger, more expensive machines allow for correspondingly bigger creations.

Also, it’s worth noting that even the smallest 3D printers have quite a large footprint, so will take up a substantial amount of space wherever you set them up.

Speed

The current generation of 3D printers are not particularly fast, but this tech is evolving and getting faster all the time. That said, there is a substantial difference in speed even between current brands of printer. Look for a model with more than one nozzle for faster printing speeds.

Accuracy

Finally, 3D printers don’t yet always create a perfect 1-to-1 replica of the blueprint. This can be due to many factors, such as sub-standard quality of nozzles - nozzles that are too big don’t allow for very fine precision work, meaning it will create more of a vaguely thing-shaped lump than a delicate construction. The 3D printers on our site have an ‘accuracy’ rating - look for one with very high accuracy for the highest fidelity between the original blueprint and your finished product.

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