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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique 3D printers rating which considers: 180 UK prices • 1,000 expert & user reviews • 130 product comparisons • 21 industry awards • Score breakdown
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LulzBot Mini

15 Reviews
PC Mag - Editor's Choicewindowscentral.com - Choice Awardtomsguide.com - Editor's Choice

£1,199.99

n/a
n/a
Dual-Nozzle Filament
Info
Jul 2018
#2

83

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XYZ Printing da Vinci Super

£1,398.22

n/a
0.025 DPI
Info
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Oct 2017
#3

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MakerBot Replicator+

56 Reviews
Digitaltrends.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicetomsguide.com - Editor's Choiceljudochbild.se - Best in Test

£213.30

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Sep 2016
#4

80

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Dremel DigiLab 3D45

£1,285.00

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Feb 2019
#5

80

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Polaroid ModelSmart 250S

2 Reviews

£1,133.17

n/a
50 DPI
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Sep 2015
#6

80

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XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3

£531.06

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Sep 2015
#7

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Dremel 3D40‑01

2 Reviews

£645.00

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Aug 2016
#8

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XYZ Printing da Vinci 2.0A 3D Printer

£467.57

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Sep 2015
#9

77

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Flashforge Hunter

£102.00

n/a
n/a
Dual-Nozzle Filament
Info
Jul 2018
#10

76

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3D Systems Cube 3D

£219.73

0.2mm
Info
0.1 DPI
Info
(Unknown)
Info
Sep 2016
#11

75

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XYZ Printing da Vinci Junior 3D Printer

£254.99

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Sep 2015
#12

75

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3D Systems Cube Pro 3D Printer Duo

£2,133.99

0.2mm
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0.1 DPI
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(Unknown)
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Dec 2016
#13

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XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.1 Plus 3D Printer

£598.59

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Sep 2015
#14

74

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bq Hephestos 2

£679.98

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Jan 2016
#15

73

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MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Compact

£1,427.78

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Sep 2016
#16

73

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XYZ Printing Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

£1,247.58

n/a
0.025 DPI
Info
Stereolithography
(SL)
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Sep 2015
#17

71

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MakerBot Replicator Mini

£1,340.58

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Mar 2014
#18

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3D Systems CubePro Trio

£2,849.97

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Aug 2014
#19

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CEL Robox 3D Printer

11 Reviews

£920.82

n/a
n/a
Dual-Nozzle Filament
Info
Sep 2015
#20

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Tiertime UP300

£2,050.68

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling
(FDM)
Info
Mar 2017

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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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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

In total we found 23 3D printers ranging from £102 to £2,850. The average price of a new 3D printer is £1,008 and 80% of 3D printers are priced between £220 and £2,051. The 3D Systems CubePro Trio is the most expensive 3D printer that we found at £2,850, and the Flashforge Hunter is the cheapest at only £102.

3D Printer Brands - Price Range

3D Systems 3D printers range in price from £220 to £2,850, and the highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is 3D Systems 3D printers with an average price of £1,501.

The average price of Tiertime 3D printers is £1,334 which is the second highest average price of all 3D printer brands. Tiertime 3D printers start at £617 and their most expensive 3D printer costs £2,051.

The average price of LulzBot 3D printers is £1,200 which is the third highest average price of all 3D printer brands. LulzBot 3D printers range in price from £1,200 to £1,200.

3D Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 190 expert reviews and 375 user reviews for 3D printers and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of 3D printer.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

The biggest 3D printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Ebuyer Business. We found 10 current 3D printer offers from Ebuyer Business. The second biggest retailer is Office Stationery with 5 offers. That means Ebuyer Business is much bigger than Office Stationery when it comes to 3D printers. Rapid Online is the third biggest retailer with 3 current offers.

When Are Most New 3D Printers Released?

Most new 3D printers tend to be released between February and April. February was the biggest month in 2019 for new 3D printers, with one new 3D printers released that month. In 2018 most new 3D printers were released in July, with nine new 3D printers released that month. The biggest month in 2017 for new 3D printer releases was April, with 10 new 3D printers released that month.

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 £1,008 you could save on average £125 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Accuracy

Accuracy on a 3D printer refers to the difference in dimensions between the original and the final model.

The accuracy of 3D printers range from 0.0125mm to 0.25mm. The accuracy of the majority of 3D printers range from 0.18mm to 0.2mm. The 3D printer with the biggest accuracy is the 3D Systems Cube Pro 3D Printer Duo, which is a 0.2mm accuracy 3D printer and is on sale for £2,133.99. The 3D printer with the smallest accuracy is the ST3Di ST3Di, which is a 0.1mm accuracy 3D printer and is on sale for £1,059.50.

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

A 3D printer's print resolution refers to highest number of dots per inch that the printer is capable of producing.

Across the range of 3D printers, the print resolutions range from 0.025 DPI to 50 DPI. The print resolutions of the majority of 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 currently retails for £1,133.17. The XYZ Printing Nobel 1.0 3D Printer, which is available at £1,247.58, has the smallest print resolution and is a 0.025 DPI print resolution 3D printer.

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.

The most popular print technology amongst new 3D printers is fused deposition modeling (FDM). We found 61 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 common 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 Business. 7 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 Business. 70% of their 3D printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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