Besides speed, the big limitation of most cheap 3D printers is the size of the build area. Not so with the Creality CR-10, which can output massive, high quality PLA models – up to 300 x 300 x 400mm (11.8 x 11.8 x 15.75″), on the cheap. Also available on Amazon for about $100 more.
The da Vinci Color can print objects with fully colored surfaces. It can print 16 million colors, thanks to its proprietary process that uses CMYK ink along with PLA or PETG filament. While not good enough to make finished products, it’s great for creating prototypes.
While the majority of 3D printers melt plastic filament, this unique printer uses modeling clay as its medium, resulting in ceramic creations which would be difficult to sculpt by hand. If you already have an FDM 3D printer, you can purchase the extruder only for $399.
DFRobot’s OverLord ProPlus by DreamMaker printer outputs detailed models from PLA or ABS thanks to a great ventilation system and a heated bed. It’s easy to use, quiet, prints items up to 10.2″ tall, and is also a steal while it’s still on Indiegogo. Full review on Technabob.
No, the RoVa4D isn’t capable of printing in four dimensions, but it still does something pretty slick. It can print objects in full color by blending multiple filament colors through a single print head. It’s unclear how precise color areas can be so keep that in mind.
da Vinci’s versatile 3D printer not only outputs ABS & PLA objects on a heated bed, but it can do 3D scans, and can be upgraded with an $199 laser engraver for cutting designs into leather, cardboard, wood and plastic. A junior model for beginners is also in the works.
Get an awesome deal on this easy-to-use compact 3D printer in The Awesomer Shop. Build objects up to 4.6″ high using standard .stl and .obj files, and using a wide variety of filaments. This bundle includes the printer and four extra rolls of filament for 20% off.
Dremel’s 3D printer is designed for ease of use by all skill levels of makers. It offers a super-fine 100 micron resolution, a quiet build enclosure, an active cooling fan, and comes with software for easy 3D model customization. Available from Amazon and Home Depot.