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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique 3D printers rating which considers: 130 UK prices • 1,500 expert & user reviews • 120 product comparisons • 31 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Flashforge Finder

92 Reviews
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£349.99

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Apr 2017
A critically acclaimed and very cheap Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec and the latest technology.
#3

89

XYZ Printing da Vinci Junior 3D Printer

107 Reviews
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£254.99

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2015
An impressive value for money and award winning Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a Gold award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site.
#4

85

XYZ Printing Da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro 3D Printer

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£344.99

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0.1 DPI
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Feb 2016
A very good value for money but 3 year old 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with brilliant user reviews and a good spec.
#5

85

XYZ Printing 3F1JWXEU01B

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£202.70

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0.1 DPI
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Jan 2017
A cheap but 2 year old 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with a good spec.
#6

84

XYZ Printing da Vinci Junior 1.0

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£349.98

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Apr 2015
A bargain price but 4 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
#7

83

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3‑in‑1

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£664.98

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Nov 2016
The top rated 3D printer under £1,000, with a good spec.
#8

83

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro

60 Reviews
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£463.98

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0.1 DPI
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Nov 2016
An award winning but moderately out of date 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site.
#9

81

Up! Mini 3D Printer

7 Reviews
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£465.00

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Sep 2015
An award winning and low cost 3D printer, with a good spec.
#10

79

Up! Plus 2 3D Printer

42 Reviews
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£1,065.00

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Sep 2015
A classic but 3 year old 3D printer, with a fair price but only a middle of the road spec.
#11

79

MakerBot Replicator+

102 Reviews
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£2,278.80

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2016
A multi award winning but 2 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites.
#12

79

XYZ Printing da Vinci 2.0A 3D Printer

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£467.57

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2015
A low cost but 3 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
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#13

77

bq Witbox Go!

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£576.99

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Oct 2017
A recently released and cheap Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
#14

77

3D Systems CubePro Trio

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£2,850.54

0.2mm
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0.1 DPI
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Aug 2014
A high-quality but 4 year old 0.2mm accuracy 3D printer.
#15

76

XYZ Printing Xyz Da Vinci Superfine SLA 3D Printer

119 Reviews
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£1,929.99

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0.025 DPI
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Stereolithography (SL)
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Jun 2016
An award winning but a little out of date 0.025 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with only an average spec.
#16

76

MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Compact

7 Reviews
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£1,628.95

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2016
A top-rated but 2 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
#17

74

Polaroid ModelSmart 250S

2 Reviews
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£1,249.99

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50 DPI
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(Unknown)
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Sep 2015
A gigantic print resolution and classic 3D printer, with a reasonable price and a good spec.
#18

74

3D Systems Gen3

7 Reviews
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£799.98

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2015
A cheap but 3 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
#19

74

3D Systems CubePro Duo

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£2,159.99

0.2mm
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Aug 2014
A fully featured but 4 year old 0.2mm accuracy 3D printer.
#20

72

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.1 Plus 3D Printer

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£598.59

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2015
A cheap but 3 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with only an average spec.
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bq WitBox 2

3 Reviews
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£1,199.98

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Nov 2015
A critically acclaimed but 3 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with only an average spec.

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What Are The Best 3D Printer Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every 3D printer and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated 3D printer brand is XYZ Printing with an average rating of 73%. Compare all award winning 3D printers.

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XYZ Printing 3D Printers 28 £169 - £1,892
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat does accuracy mean on a 3D printer?
AAccuracy determines how close the final finished product looks compared to the original plans. The higher the accuracy, the better the final product will be.
QWhy is layer thickness important for a 3D printer?
ALayer thickness determines how thin each layer that makes up the 3D printer item is. The thinner each layer, the higher the detail level of the overall product.

Buying a 3D Printer

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!

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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 £200-400, 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.

As of late 2017, growing interest in 3D printing has sparked a greater number of commercial printers available, and the first £100-200 models are starting to appear.

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.

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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.

3D Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

3D Printer Prices

3D printers range in price from £165 to £2,851 and in total we found prices for 25 3D printers. The average price of a new 3D printer is £1,009 and 80% of 3D printers are priced between £338 and £2,160. The cheapest 3D printer that we found is the XYZ Printing da Vinci nano at only £165, and the most expensive is the 3D Systems CubePro Trio at £2,851.

3D Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of 3D Systems 3D printers is £1,937 which is the highest average price of all 3D printer brands. 3D Systems 3D printers range in price from £800 to £2,851.

The average price of MakerBot 3D printers is £1,602 which is the second highest average price of all 3D printer brands. MakerBot 3D printers range in price from £899 to £2,279.

The average price of Tiertime 3D printers is £1,416 which is the third highest average price of all 3D printer brands. Tiertime 3D printers range in price from £1,416 to £1,416.

3D Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 191 expert reviews and 722 user reviews for 3D printers and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of 3D printer.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

We found 12 current offers for 3D printers from Ebuyer making it the biggest 3D printer retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Ebuyer Business for whom we found 10 current offers for 3D printers. The third biggest retailer is Insight with 5 current 3D printer offers.

When Are Most New 3D Printers Released?

We couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release dates for new 3D printers over the last 3 years. Last year most new 3D printers were released in April, with 11 new 3D printers released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new 3D printer releases was November, with nine new 3D printers released that month. 12 new 3D printers were released in September 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new 3D printer releases.

How Fast Do 3D Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average 3D printers drop in price by 12% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical 3D printer costing £1,009 you could save on average £117 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Accuracy

This indicates the accuracy that the 3D printer can achieve in the final model, compared to the original.

Comparing all 3D printers, the accuracy range from 0.0125mm to 0.25mm. The accuracy of most 3D printers range from 0.01mm to 0.04mm. The 3D Systems CubePro Trio, which currently retails for £2,850.54, has the biggest accuracy and is a 0.2mm accuracy 3D printer. The ST3Di ST3Di, which is available at £1,128.60, has the smallest accuracy and is a 0.1mm accuracy 3D printer.

A greater accuracy means that the 3D printer will be able to create replicas significantly closer to the original, making for a far higher-quality product.

Print Resolutions

This indicates the highest support print resolution for the 3D printer.

Across the range of 3D printers, the print resolutions range from 0.025 DPI to 50 DPI. The print resolutions of most 3D printers range from 0 DPI to 5 DPI. The 3D printer with the biggest print resolution is the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S, which is a 50 DPI print resolution 3D printer and is available at £1,249.99. The 3D printer with the smallest print resolution is the XYZ Printing Nobel 1.0 3D Printer, which is a 0.025 DPI print resolution 3D printer and is priced at £1,247.58.

The higher the supported print resolution for the device, the more detailed the final model will be!

Maximum Build Sizes (WxDxH)

The maximum build size indicates the largest possible size for an object that the 3D printer can generate.

A larger build size means that the 3D printer can print bigger and better models!

Print Technologies

Print technology refers to the system used by the printer to create the 3D object.

Amongst new 3D printers, the most common print technology is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). We found 48 3D printers that are Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers. We found 6 3D printers that are Stereolithography (SL) 3D printers, making Stereolithography (SL) the second most frequently found print technology amongst new 3D printers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for 3D Printers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying 3D printers. For each retailer it shows the total number of 3D printers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying 3D printers. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Ebuyer. 11 of their 3D printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of 3D Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for 3D printers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of 3D printer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's 3D printer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Ebuyer. 91.7% of their 3D printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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