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

Last update: 2024-03-03 00:23:58 (28 minutes ago)

2024-03-02 06:18:19AtomStack A24 Pro price changed from $659 to $559.00 -$100.00 / -15.17%
2024-03-02 06:18:19AtomStack A30 Pro price changed from $999 to $799.00 -$200.00 / -20.02%
2024-03-02 06:18:19AtomStack A40 Pro price changed from $1199 to $999.00 -$200.00 / -16.68%
2024-03-01 02:11:13Makera Carvera price changed from $6198 to $5999.00 -$199.00 / -3.21%
2024-02-29 18:09:20QiDi X-MAX-3 price changed from $869 to $899.00 +$30.00 / +3.45%
2024-02-29 08:07:01Creality Sermoon D3 price changed from $2124 to $2499.00 +$375.00 / +17.66%
2024-02-29 00:04:31Kingroon KP3S price changed from $149 to $159.00 +$10.00 / +6.71%
2024-02-28 18:02:53MINGDA Magician PRO 2 price changed from $449 to $399.00 -$50.00 / -11.14%
2024-02-28 18:02:53MINGDA Magician PRO price changed from $399 to $359.00 -$40.00 / -10.03%
2024-02-28 18:02:53MINGDA Magician MAX price changed from $219 to $199.00 -$20.00 / -9.13%
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Recommendation List updates:

2/3/202412/5/2023
The BambuLab A1 ($399) has earned the title of 'The Most Advanced High-Speed 3D Printer (Regular Size)'.
Updated 2/3/2024
Due to a heated bed issue that has been recalled by the manufacturer, the A1 will be temporarily removed from our recommendation list until the issue has been resolved.
1/29/2024Creality K1C ($559) has replaced Creality K1 as 'The Best Value fully-enclosed High-Speed 3D Printer (Regular Size)'. NEW MACHINE Ranking #4
12/5/2023AnyCubic Kobra 2 Max ($519) has earned the titles of 'The Best Value Budget 3D Printer (Large Size)'. NEW MACHINE Ranking #8
10/17/2023BambuLab A1 Mini ($299) has earned the titles of 'The Most Advanced Mini 3D Printer' and 'The Best Value High-Speed Mini 3D Printer'. NEW MACHINE Ranking #1
9/6/2023AnyCubic Kobra 2 Pro ($279) has replaced AnyCubic Kobra 2 as 'The Best Performance Budget Regular Size 3D Printer'. NEW MACHINE Ranking #6
9/7/2023Creality Ender-3 V3 SE ($199) has replaced Elegoo Neptune 3 Pro as 'The Best Value budget Regular Size 3D Printer'. NEW MACHINE Ranking #7

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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 $299

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:
  • Full-metal Linear Rails and Bearings
  • 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 fully-enclosed High-Speed 3D Printer (Regular Size)

BambuLab X1 Carbon AMS Combo $1449

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

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

Creality K1C $559

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 10/10
Total: 64/80
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)

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

Qidi X-MAX 3 $899

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 8/10
Value 8/10
Total: 62/80
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

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

SnapMaker J1S $1199

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

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

AnyCubic Kobra 2 Pro $259

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

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

Creality Ender-3 V3 SE $199

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

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

AnyCubic Kobra 2 Max $479

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

#9 The Best VALUE IDEX Printer (Mid Size)

Sovol SV04 IDEX $379

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

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

Elegoo Neptune 3 Plus $299

Review date: Mar 21, 2023

Evaluation Scores
Print Speed 5/10
Print Quality 8/10
Technology 3/10
Hardware / Build Quality 7/10
Workflow / UI 5/10
Service / Support 6/10
Appearance 6/10
Value 8/10
Total: 48/80
Features:
  • 320x320x400 Slighty larger print volume than other machines in the same class
  • Inductive sensor auto leveling, Direct drive, dual Z-axis
  • touch screen, belt tensioners, Textured PEI spring steel sheet
  • Micro SD card printing
  • Max temp 260C/100C