Looking for a good printer under $3K

Our lab currently uses a 3DS Projet 3510 HD plus for high definition prints. Due to the high cost of material, we are looking to buy something for when we don't need that kind of resolution.

Preferably under $3K, uses filiment and can built at least 8 x 10 x 6.

Any suggestions would be great.


Cecil F

Hi Cecil,

3D Hubs has a great guide: https://www.3dhubs.com/best-3d-printer-guide. I don't want to endorse any specific manufacturer, and there are so many potential uses for a 3D printer, so I will refrain from giving a recommendation on a specific make/model. 

My suggestion is to filter your options based on your needs. Since you know your budget, build volume, and material, you are off to a good start. You might also consider more about what you need from the prints themselves - do they need to be very strong? flexible? Do the structures require a lot of support? If so, I recommend a dual extruder printer, so you can use dissolvable support material. What other specific needs do you have? There are many types of filament on the market, but if you want to print in polycarbonate, for example, you'll need a printer capable of temps > 300 degrees. 

I hope that helps! You can help the community by sharing pictures and information about your prints at http://3Dprint.nih.gov/builds. Good luck!


Thanks! Your input was very helpful.

I have been to the 3D Hubs before, I never noticed they did reviews also. 

I will be sharing some of the amazing prints we have done (lungs, aorta, and a skull) I just want to make sure we have everyones approval first.





What about PICASO 3D Designer? It's under 3k and it quite powerfull as for me...

Looks interesting, have you tried printing models using dissolvable supports?

thanks for this information.

Thanks for the information. 3D printing is a technology which was first invented in the 1980s and it will continue to expand in many areas in the future. Some of the most promising areas include medical applications, custom parts replacement, and customized consumer products. As materials improve and costs go down, other applications we can barely imagine today will become possible. A few months ago, I used the services from Iannone 3D which is a New Jersey-based Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing Service Bureau provides best FDM 3D Printing Services.


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I just ordered my first printer and decided on the original prusa mk2 i3 kit for $700. A bit over your budget but maybe you should look into it. I am an engineer and I enjoy tinkering as much as the next guy, but I have kids and limited time to screw around. I really just want something that will work when I need it to.
We have a MakerBot (don't know what  model, maybe 3 years old) at work and it works well enough, but required several upgrades and significant time to get it running smooth with anything other than PLA. From all accounts I've read, the MK2 is easy to set up, reliable, and delivers high quality prints. If you have a lot of free time and technical expertise, then some of these less expensive kits will probably be fine.

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