Best 3D Printers 2017

Below is a summary table of the top rated 3D printers in 2017. Following the table is a more details about each of these printers!

Best 3D Printers 2017

Anet A8

 

Anet A8 is a completely DIY 3D printer that you have to assemble yourself. According to online communities, when calibrated and upgraded properly it can print just as well as an expensive printers. 

Price: $250
Style: FDM
Build Volume: 220 x 220 x 240 mm
Extruder: Single
Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
Min Layer Height: 50 microns
Heated Platform: Yes


Wanhao Duplicator i3 PLUS

The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus is the latest evolution of the famous the Wanhao Duplicator i3. It is much more compact and integrated.

The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus is equipped with a Heated Bed Plate and Wanhao Adhesive Sheet. This 3D printer is compatible with most of the 3D filaments of the market

Price: $399
Style: FDM
Build Volume: 200 x 200 x 180 mm
Extruder: Single
Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
Min Layer Height: 100 microns
Heated Platform: Yes


Original Prusa i3 MK2

The Prusa i3 is a proven 3D printer design with a huge international user base. But because of its open source nature, there are a great many clones of varying quality. So it’s reassuring to see the Original Prusa i3 MK2 sitting pretty as the best 3D printer you can buy in 2017. This new unit was engineered by Josef Průša himself, and if you purchase one you’re helping to support its continued development.

Topline features of the Original Prusa i3 MK2 are a new MK42 heatbed, a PEI print surface, integrated leadscrew Z axis, full mesh bed auto-leveling, improved construction, faster printing and more materials with an E3D V6 hotend, plus improved firmware and printer self-test. And in keeping with its noble RepRap heritage, a substantial portion of this 3D printer’s components have been fabricated in sturdy ABS plastic.

Price: $699
Style: FDM
Build Volume: 250 x 210 x 200 mm
Extruder: Single
Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
Min Layer Height: 50 microns
Heated Platform: Yes


Monoprice Maker Ultimate

The Maker Ultimate has styling and a mechanical arrangement and software that is very reminiscent of higher-end Ultimaker printers but is about 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of the Ultimakers. Monoprice can’t take 100% of the credit for this as the Maker Ultimate is a rebadge of the Chinese made Wanhao Duplicator 6. The only real difference is that Monoprice has their branding on the build platform and in the software. One other difference between the Duplicator 6 and the Maker Ultimate is that the Maker Ultimate is $200 cheaper than the Duplicator 6. The nice thing about this is that if you need to replace a part like the hot end (the part on a 3D printer that melts the plastic), you can readily buy the parts online.

Price: $699
Style: FDM
Build Volume: 200 x 200 x 175 mm
Extruder: Single
Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
Min Layer Height: 5 microns
Heated Platform: Yes


Robo C2

The Robo 3D C2 is a desktop 3D printer made by Robo 3D, a company based in San Diego, USA. The Robo 3D C2 was first announced as the R2 Mini during the CES 2016 at Las Vegas. It was renamed C2 for the Kickstarter which ends in November 2016.

The Robo 3D C2 is a small desktop 3D printer. It has a nice and simple design, with an easy to access build platform. It is compatible with the Robo app and also adds a Wifi connectivity for a smooth user experience.

The Robo 3D C2 print bed is not heated so it is not capable of 3D printing ABS.

Price: $799
Style: FDM
Build Volume: 127 x 127 x 152 mm
Extruder: Single
Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
Min Layer Height: 20 microns
Heated Platform: No


FlashForge Creator Pro

Manufactured in China, the FlashForge Creator Pro closely resembles the Makerbot Replicator 2X. The 3D printer comes with a metal frame and enclosed chassis. Other features include a platform-leveling system with a metal build plate and guide rod to help with stabilization and durability. With over 3000 reviews, this machine is easily the most popular 3D printer on 3D Hubs. But is it the best 3D printer…? That’s hard to say when the design, feature spec and cost has since been eclipsed by other 3D printers.

Price: $899
Style: FDM
Build Volume: 145 x 225 x 150 mm
Extruder: Dual
Filament Diameter: 1.70 mm
Min Layer Height: 100 microns
Heated Platform: Yes


Lulzbot Mini

The Lulzbot Mini is the smallest FFF 3D printer offered by Aleph Objects, and it’s a great little machine. Sure, it’s only got a six-inch square build volume, but the benefits are that the printing process is much easier when it comes to warping. And the print head can move and accelerate faster, which means it will finish faster, and give you cleaner results on the rim of a part with pointy corners.

Other reasons why it’s considered a “best 3D printer” is its reliability, easy setup, and the lively community surrounding the company. Overall, the Lulzbot Mini is proof positive that an open source philosophy and a great user experience don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Price: $1250
Style: FDM
Build Volume: 152 x 152 x 158 mm
Extruder: Single
Filament Diameter: 2.85 mm
Min Layer Height: 50 microns
Heated Platform: Yes


BCN3D Sigma

Dual extrusion doesn’t have to be a pain in the ass. That’s the starting proposition with the BCN3D Sigma, and with the IDEX (Independent Dual Extruder) system it admirably proves its point. But the BCN3D Sigma also works exceedingly well as a single extrusion fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, providing quality prints that are frankly spectacular. The build space is generous, the operation is simple, and the industrial design is unique.

Minor niggles are that it doesn’t have wireless connectivity; the firmware has a few teething troubles, and frugal makers may be troubled by the waste product generated by dual extrusion. But these are trivial in comparison to the versatility and performance of the BCN3D Sigma. This is the best 3D printer we have used to date.

Price: $2800
Style: FDM
Build Volume: 210 x 297 x 210 mm
Extruder: Dual
Filament Diameter: 3.00 mm
Min Layer Height: 50 microns
Heated Platform: Yes


Ultimaker 3

Ultimaker became a big hit among 3D printing enthusiasts with the release of their original Ultimaker, and now they are winning awards with their newest upgrade to the Ultimaker 3, the Ultimaker 3 Extended.

With the ability to hit print resolutions of up to 20 microns, the Ultimaker 3 Extended is definitely one of the most accurate FDM printers on the market.

And, with the extra print area in the Extended version, the Ultimaker 3 is one of the more coveted high-end FDM 3D printers around. And if you have a huge budget and you’re looking for one of the best options on the market, the Ultimater 3 Extended (or the regular version) should be considered.

In the end, you can’t go wrong with an Ultimaker 3 even considering that the other options available in its class are great choices as well.

Price: $3495
Style: FDM
Build Volume: 215 x 215 x 200 mm
Extruder: Dual
Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
Min Layer Height: 20 microns
Heated Platform: Yes


Form 2

The Formlabs Form 2 has the distinction of being the only stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer on this chart. In those terms, it’s the very best 3D printer in its category and price bracket. SLA works by curing resin in a tank with a high powered laser that draws each layer, providing solid objects with exceptional levels of detail.

This premium device is equipped with a peeling mechanism, a heated tank, a touchscreen display, wireless controls, and an automated resin system. It also has some cleverly designed software to make fabricating models as painless as possible, and the customer support is well established. Printed objects will require some post-processing, however, and the resin tanks are consumable components that must be replaced regularly.

Price: $3500
Style: SLA
Build Volume: 145 x 145 x 175 mm
Extruder: NA
Filament Diameter: Resin
Min Layer Height: 25 microns
Heated Platform: Yes