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Kagoo Score - Our unique 3D printers rating considers: 170 UK prices • 1,000 expert & user reviews • 110 product comparisons • 17 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

XYZ Printing da Vinci Mini

59 Reviews
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£293.99

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Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Jun 2016
The best rated 3D printer under £500, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites
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#2

86

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro

2 Reviews
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£531.06

n/a
0.1 DPI
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Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Sep 2016
The highest scoring 3D printer under £1,000, with very good features
#4

80

XYZ Printing da Vinci Junior 1.0

1 Review
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£349.98

n/a
n/a
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Apr 2015
A low cost and critically acclaimed Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with good features
#5

80

Polaroid ModelSmart 250S

2 Reviews
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£1,171.98

n/a
50 DPI
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3D
LED
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Sep 2015
A top-rated but 3 year old 3D 3D printer, with good features and one of the biggest print resolutions around
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#6

79

3D Systems CubePro Trio

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£2,769.25

0.2mm
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0.1 DPI
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Plastic Jet Printing (PJP)
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Aug 2014
A high-quality but 4 year old 0.2mm accuracy 3D printer
#7

78

XYZ Printing da Vinci Junior 3D Printer

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£254.99

n/a
n/a
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Sep 2015
An excellent value for money but 3 year old Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with only average features
#8

78

MakerBot Replicator+

92 Reviews
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£898.80

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2016
A multi award winning but slightly out of date 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
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#9

78

Up! Mini 3D Printer

7 Reviews
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£465.00

n/a
n/a
3D
Info
Sep 2015
An award winning and affordable 3D 3D printer, but with only middle of the road features
#10

77

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.1 Plus

26 Reviews
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£598.59

n/a
n/a
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Apr 2015
A good value for money and classic Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, but with only average features
#11

77

XYZ Printing Da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix 3D Printer

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£433.98

n/a
0.2 DPI
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Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Feb 2016
A very cheap but marginally out of date Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with good features and one of the biggest print resolutions available
#12

76

Flashforge Finder

92 Reviews
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£399.99

n/a
n/a
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Apr 2017
A critically acclaimed and relatively new Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, but with only middle of the road features
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#13

75

ST3Di ST3Di

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£946.80

0.1mm
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n/a
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Feb 2016
A 2 year old and average value for money 0.1mm accuracy 3D printer, with good features
#14

74

bq Hephestos 2

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£679.98

n/a
n/a
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Jan 2016
A cheap but slightly out of date Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with good features
#15

72

bq Witbox Go!

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£570.99

n/a
n/a
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Oct 2017
A newly released and cheap Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, but with only middle of the road features
#16

72

3D Systems Cube 3D

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£1,093.19

0.2mm
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0.1 DPI
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3D
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Sep 2016
A fully featured but 2 year old 0.2mm accuracy 3D printer
#17

72

XYZ Printing da Vinci 2.0A 3D Printer

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£467.57

n/a
n/a
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
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Sep 2015
A good value for money but 3 year old Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with only average features
#18

70

XYZ Printing Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

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£1,042.98

n/a
0.025 DPI
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Stereolithography (SL)
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Sep 2015
A 3 year old and moderate value for money 0.025 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with only average features
#19

68

3D Systems Gen3

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£799.98

n/a
n/a
Plastic Jet Printing (PJP)
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Sep 2015
A cheap but 3 year old Plastic Jet Printing (PJP) 3D printer, with good features
#20

67

MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Compact

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£1,628.95

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2016
A good spec but a little out of date Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer
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65

3D Systems CubePro Duo

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£1,763.98

0.2mm
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n/a
3D
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Aug 2014
A good spec but 4 year old 0.2mm accuracy 3D printer

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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 72%. Compare all award winning 3D printers.

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XYZ Printing 3D Printers 26 £173 - £1,047
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313 reviews

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da Vinci Mini
£293.99
£106 cheaper
Better PC Mag
review score
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Finder
£399.99
Better brand
Better Tek.no
review score
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are a lot
better
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MakerBot
Replicator+
£898.80
Better PC Mag
review score
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Finder
£399.99
£499 cheaper
Better brand
Considerably
better user
reviews
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da Vinci Junior 1.0
£349.98
£50 cheaper
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Finder
£399.99
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da Vinci Mini
£293.99
£605 cheaper
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ne.co.uk review
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£898.80
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Finder
£399.99
£34 cheaper
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£433.98
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£293.99
£171 cheaper
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£465.00
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£898.80
£273 cheaper
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£1,171.98
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Finder
£399.99
£131 cheaper
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£531.06
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£349.98
£549 cheaper
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MakerBot
Replicator+
£898.80
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MakerBot
Replicator+
£898.80
£144 cheaper
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Digitalartsonli
ne.co.uk review
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Nobel 1.0 3D Printer
£1,042.98
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da Vinci Junior 1.0
£349.98
£115 cheaper
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£465.00
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da Vinci Mini
£293.99
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Replicator Mini+ Compact
£1,628.95
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WitBox 2
£1,483.98
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reviews
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Da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix 3D Printer
£433.98
£1,050 cheaper
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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 £172 to £3,314. The average price of a new 3D printer is £1,125 and 80% of 3D printers are priced between £295 and £2,769. The XYZ Printing da Vinci nano is the cheapest 3D printer at only £173, and MakerBot Replicator+ is the most expensive at £3,314.

3D Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of MakerBot 3D printers is £2,512 which is the highest average price of all 3D printer brands. MakerBot 3D printers start at £1,710 and their most expensive 3D printer costs £3,314.

The second highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is 3D Systems 3D printers with an average price of £2,155. 3D Systems 3D printers start at £800 and their most expensive 3D printer costs £2,890.

The average price of Tiertime 3D printers is £1,739 which is the third highest average price of all 3D printer brands. Tiertime 3D printers start at £1,739 and their most expensive 3D printer costs £1,739.

3D Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 146 expert reviews and 451 user reviews for 3D printers from across the internet and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of 3D printer.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

We found 14 current offers for 3D printers from Ebuyer making it the biggest 3D printer retailer. That is significantly 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 3 current 3D printer offers.

When Are Most New 3D Printers Released?

Most new 3D printers tend to be released between April and June. That means that most of the latest 3D printer technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. 12 new 3D printers were released in April 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new 3D printer releases. In 2016 most new 3D printers were released in June, with seven new 3D printers released that month. September was the biggest month in 2015 for new 3D printers, with 13 new 3D printers released that month.

How Fast Do 3D Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, 3D printers drop in price by 7% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £73 on a typical £1,125 new 3D printer 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.

The accuracy of 3D printers range from 0.0125mm to 0.25mm. The accuracy of the majority of 3D printers range from 0.01mm to 0.04mm. The 3D printer with the biggest accuracy is the 3D Systems Cube 3D, which is a 0.2mm accuracy 3D printer and sells for £2,889.64. The ST3Di ST3Di, which sells for £946.80, 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 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 £1,171.98. The XYZ Printing Nobel 1.0 3D Printer, which sells for £1,046.98, 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

We found 36 3D printers that are Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printers, which makes Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) the most common print technology amongst new 3D printers. The second most common print technology amongst new 3D printers is 3D. We found 7 3D printers that are 3D 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. 10 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. 71.4% of their 3D printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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