Recent Price Changes in 3D Printers, Laser Engravers & CNC Machines:

Last update: 2024-06-19 07:28:24 (1 minute ago)

2024-06-19 04:28:54Mecpow X5 price changed from $599.99 to $549.00 -$50.99 / -8.5% [Hist. Price Chart]
2024-06-19 04:28:53Mecpow X5 Pro price changed from $899.99 to $799.00 -$100.99 / -11.22% [Hist. Price Chart]
2024-06-14 01:36:40Creality Falcon 2 40W price changed from $1245.19 to $999.00 -$246.19 / -19.77% [Hist. Price Chart]
2024-06-14 01:36:40Creality Falcon 2 22W price changed from $719 to $519.00 -$200.00 / -27.82% [Hist. Price Chart]
2024-06-14 00:51:31Elegoo Mars 4 Max 6K price changed from $312.49 to $249.99 -$62.50 / -20% [Hist. Price Chart]
2024-06-05 05:10:54BambuLab A1 AMS Lite price changed from $559 to $489.00 -$70.00 / -12.52% [Hist. Price Chart]
2024-06-05 05:10:54BambuLab A1 price changed from $399 to $339.00 -$60.00 / -15.04% [Hist. Price Chart]
2024-06-05 05:10:47BambuLab X1 Carbon price changed from $1199 to $1049.00 -$150.00 / -12.51% [Hist. Price Chart]
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Recommendation List updates:

Introducing Aurora Tech Channel's highly anticipated 3D printer recommendation list! After countless hours of research, testing, and analysis, we have carefully selected the top contenders in each category. We understand that the 3D printing market can be overwhelming. Instead of featuring an extensive list of 3D printers, we have chosen only the very best in each category, with just one spot available for each. As experienced 3D printer users, we know that if we had to buy only one machine in each category, it would be the one we choose.

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3D Printer (FDM) Recommendation List

#1 The Most Advanced & The Best Value High-Speed 3D Printer (Mini Size)

BambuLab A1 Mini $199 Historical Price Chart

Review date: Oct 17, 2023

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 8/10
Print Quality 9/10
Technology 9/10
Hardware / Build Quality 9/10
Workflow / UI 8/10
Service / Support 8/10
Appearance 9/10
Value 10/10
Total: 70/80
Features:
  • Linear Rails on all X,Y & Z-axis
  • Vibration and Flow Rate Compensation
  • Full-auto Calibration, Auto Z-offset, Auto Bed leveling
  • Strong extruder, high-flow hotend, 300C Nozzle, 80C heated bed
  • support AMS mini printing up to 4 colors

#2 The Most Advanced High-Speed 3D Printer (Regular Size)

BambuLab A1 $339 Historical Price Chart

Review date: Dec 14, 2023

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 8/10
Print Quality 9/10
Technology 9/10
Hardware / Build Quality 9/10
Workflow / UI 8/10
Service / Support 8/10
Appearance 9/10
Value 9/10
Total: 69/80
Features:
  • Linear Rails(X), Steel Wheels(Y) and Linear Rods(Z) motion system
  • Vibration and Flow Rate Compensation
  • Full-auto Calibration, Auto Z-offset, Auto Bed leveling
  • Strong extruder, high-flow hotend, 300C Nozzle, 100C heated bed
  • support AMS mini printing up to 4 colors

#3 The Most Advanced fully-enclosed High-Speed 3D Printer (Regular Size)

BambuLab X1 Carbon AMS Combo $1299 Historical Price Chart

Review date: May 29, 2022 / Jun 13, 2022

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 9/10
Print Quality 9/10
Technology 9/10
Hardware / Build Quality 9/10
Workflow / UI 8/10
Service / Support 8/10
Appearance 9/10
Value 7/10
Total: 68/80
Features:
  • CoreXY, Fully enclosed 256x256x256mm
  • Micro-Lidar for auto pressure advance calibration, dual auto leveling
  • Carbon rod(X), Linear rods(Y,Z)
  • Strong extruder, high-flow hotend
  • AMS multi-filament system, Network / Cloud printing

#4 The Most Advanced Multi-Material 3D Printer (Mid Size)

Prusa XL (5 tool heads) $3499 Historical Price Chart

Review date: May 25, 2024

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 7/10
Print Quality 9/10
Technology 9/10
Hardware / Build Quality 9/10
Workflow / UI 9/10
Service / Support 9/10
Appearance 8/10
Value 6/10
Total: 66/80
Features:
  • 360x360x360mm print volume
  • 5 toolheads auto tool changer
  • Linear rails on all x,y and Z axis
  • Auto leveling, auto z-offset, auto tool offset calibration
  • Support WiFi network printing or USB offline printing

#5 The Best Value fully-enclosed High-Speed 3D Printer (Regular Size)

Creality K1C $459 Historical Price Chart

Review date: Jan 29, 2024

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 9/10
Print Quality 8/10
Technology 7/10
Hardware / Build Quality 8/10
Workflow / UI 7/10
Service / Support 6/10
Appearance 9/10
Value 8/10
Total: 62/80
Features:
  • CoreXY, Fully enclosed 220x220x250mm
  • 3 strain gauges on the print bed for auto bed leveling and auto Z-offset
  • Steel linear rods motion system (X,Y) and 3 lead screws to support the Z-axis
  • New all-metal extruder, high-flow hotend, 300C Max temp w/hardened steel nozzle
  • Max print speed 600mm/s w/20,000mm/s² acceleration (tested in my review video)

#6 The Best VALUE fully-enclosed High-Speed 3D Printer (Mid size)

Qidi X-MAX 3 $849 Historical Price Chart

Review date: July 29, 2023

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 9/10
Print Quality 8/10
Technology 6/10
Hardware / Build Quality 9/10
Workflow / UI 7/10
Service / Support 7/10
Appearance 7/10
Value 8/10
Total: 61/80
Features:
  • CoreXY, Fully enclosed 325x325x315(Z)mm
  • BLTouch auto leveling
  • 10mm linear rods on X,Y and Z axis
  • Strong extruder, high-flow hotend, 350C Max temp
  • Actively heated chamber (Max 55C recommended), WiFi / Ethernet printing

#7 The Best Performance Fully Enclosed IDEX Printer (Regular Size)

SnapMaker J1S $1099 Historical Price Chart

Review date: Jan 4, 2024

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 6/10
Print Quality 7/10
Technology 7/10
Hardware / Build Quality 9/10
Workflow / UI 8/10
Service / Support 7/10
Appearance 8/10
Value 7/10
Total: 59/80
Features:
  • 300x200x200 build volume
  • IDEX Independent dual extruder
  • 5" touch screen, easy to swap hotends
  • Dual filament sensor, auto X, Y, and Z offset calibration for dual extruder
  • Local WiFi printing, Max temp 300C / 100C, fully enclosed, optional hardened steel hotend

#8 The Best Performance Budget 3D Printer (Regular Size)

AnyCubic Kobra 2 Pro $239 Historical Price Chart

Review date: Sept 1, 2023

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 9/10
Print Quality 8/10
Technology 7/10
Hardware / Build Quality 8/10
Workflow / UI 5/10
Service / Support 6/10
Appearance 6/10
Value 9/10
Total: 58/80
Features:
  • 220x220x250 build volume
  • 300mm/s print speed, 20,000mm/s² acceleration, print a 3D benchy at 0.2mm layer height with good quality in 29 mins, (Claimed max speed @500mm/s)
  • Auto Z-offset, steel wheels motion system on X&Y axis.
  • Inductive ABL, dual Z, touch screen, belt tensioners, Textured PEI spring steel sheet
  • Nema 17 48mm stepper motor on Y-axis and 8mm timing belt

#9 The Best VALUE Budget 3D Printer (Mid Size)

Artillery Sidewinder X4 $349 Historical Price Chart

Review date: Mar 28, 2024

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 6/10
Print Quality 7/10
Technology 6/10
Hardware / Build Quality 7/10
Workflow / UI 8/10
Service / Support 7/10
Appearance 6/10
Value 10/10
Total: 57/80
Features:
  • 300x300x400mm print volume
  • Inductive sensor auto leveling, Direct drive, dual Z-axis
  • touch screen, belt tensioners, Textured PEI spring steel sheet
  • Klipper firmware with moonrake API and Fluidd Web UI
  • Max temp 300C/100C, USB / Local WiFi printing

#10 The Best VALUE Budget 3D Printer (Regular Size)

Creality Ender-3 V3 SE $169 Historical Price Chart

Review date: Sept 6, 2023

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 7/10
Print Quality 7/10
Technology 6/10
Hardware / Build Quality 7/10
Workflow / UI 6/10
Service / Support 6/10
Appearance 7/10
Value 9/10
Total: 55/80
Features:
  • 220x220x250 build volume
  • 250mm/s print speed(max), 180mm/s print speed(normal), 2500mm/s² acceleration, print a 3D benchy with good quality in 54 mins, with acceptable quality in 27 mins
  • Auto Z-offset, linear rods on Y-axis, POM wheels on X&Z axis
  • CR touch ABL, dual Z lead screw, belt tensioners, PC spring steel sheet, no manual leveling knobs
  • Max temp 260C/110C

#11 The Best Value Budget 3D Printer (Large Size)

AnyCubic Kobra 2 Max $479 Historical Price Chart

Review date: Dec 5, 2023

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 7/10
Print Quality 7/10
Technology 7/10
Hardware / Build Quality 7/10
Workflow / UI 6/10
Service / Support 6/10
Appearance 6/10
Value 7/10
Total: 53/80
Features:
  • 420x420x500 Massive print volume
  • Inductive sensor auto leveling, Auto Z-offset, Direct drive, dual Z-axis
  • touch screen, belt tensioners, Textured PEI spring steel sheet
  • WiFi(cloud) / USB Drive printing
  • Max temp 260C/90C

#12 The Best VALUE IDEX Printer (Mid Size)

Sovol SV04 IDEX $339 Historical Price Chart

Review date: Jan 3, 2022

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 5/10
Print Quality 7/10
Technology 5/10
Hardware / Build Quality 7/10
Workflow / UI 5/10
Service / Support 6/10
Appearance 6/10
Value 10/10
Total: 51/80
Features:
  • 300x300x400 build volume
  • IDEX Independent dual extruder
  • Creality v5.2.1 32-bit motherboard, silnet stepper drivers, 4.3" touch screen
  • Dual filament sensor, dual Z-axis, Auto bed leveling (3D touch)
  • Full szie SD card, Max temp 260C / 100C