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List of 3D Printers Under $1000 - Ready To Use


The cost of 3D printing has been falling, and falling, and falling for most of the past two or three years, and we're finally at a level where units are starting to approach a point where enthusiast adoption should start to increase.

As of May 2013, the batch of 3D printers that can be had for under $1000 has grown to be quite numerous. Almost all of these have sprung from the open-source RepRap project, which has been at least partially responsible for the seemingly sudden burst of attention that 3D printing has been receiving lately.

Because of their open source origins, many of the sub $1000 offerings are bare bones kits that require technical expertise and a great deal of patience in order to be assembled and used. This is great. Tinkering is one of the great joys in life, but what if you're on a tight budget and you're looking for something that's usable on delivery?

For this article, we decided to focus only on the printer kits that are ready to use more or less right out of the box.

So here you go—sub $1000 3d printers that can be purchased ready-to-use:

1. Solidoodle 3

This third generation offering from Solidoodle will set you back $799, fully assembled and calibrated. The Solidoodle 3 boasts an all steel frame that, according to the website, can support the weight of a 200lb man. Impressive stuff, although I'm not sure I'd be keen to put that claim to the test.

At any rate, this is easily one of the best offerings under a thousand if you're looking for something that's easy to use with little to no assembly required.

  • Print platform: 8 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Layer resolution: .1 - .3mm
  • Materials: Plastic filament.

2. RoBo 3D

RoBo is offered in two different models, both fully assembled, which differ only in the materials that they can print. The ABS+PLA Model is $699, while the PLA only is a hundred bucks cheaper at $599.

  • Print platform: 10 x 9 x 8
  • Layer resolution: .4mm
  • Materials: PLA & ABS plastics.

3. MetalBot 3D Printer

Fully assembled and tested at $840, with an excellent print volume for the price.

  • Print platform: 20 x 20 x 16 cm
  • Layer resolution: .2mm
  • Materials: PLA & ABS plastics.

4. Creator 3D Printer

Low-maintenence and user friendly at $760.

  • Print platform: 12 x 12 x 12 cm
  • Layer resolution: .2 - .4mm
  • Materials: PLA plastic.

5. eVOLUTION 3D Printer

A bit more costly at $960, but it's ready to go and the print resolution is slightly better than some of the others in its class.

  • Print platform: 20 x 20 x 20 cm
  • Layer resolution: .1mm
  • Materials: .3mm PLA.

6. And that's all for now:

Sadly, the selection of 3D printers under $1000 with "no assembly required" is relatively small. There are a few in the mid-upper $1000 range like the Eventorbot where the assembly is relatively simple, and there are also a few assembled kits in the $1000-1500 range.

Of course, this is a rapidly growing market, and the selection here will almost certainly continue to expand throughout the next few years.

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