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Best Budget 3D Printers

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Best Budget 3D Printer

Top-rated Budget 3D Printers

  • ♥ Wide filament compatibility: ABS, PLA, PP, PVA, wood, luminescent ♥ Large build volume: 220 x 220 x 240mm ♥ Easy assembly 3D printer ♥ Incredibly affordable under $200

    See what customers say about Anet A8 (4.73 out of 5 stars in 1919 ratings): ★★★★

    The best entry-level 3D printer! Considering the cost, it has a fantastic quality. All the parts are well done and accurate. The manual is very simple and everyone can build it with a simple screwdriver. But the best part, is the amount of upgrades you can find out there on the web!!!

  • ♥ Best resin 3D printer for miniatures ♥ Build volume: 4.7 x 2.6 x 6.1 Inches ♥ Resin saving and better printing for smooth details ♥ Smart and fast slicing software ♥ High precision and resolution

    See what customers say about ELEGOO Mars:

    I have always wanted to buy ELEGOO mars because of its good reputation in the community. Finally, I got myself one this December and can't wait to test it out the moment I received it. The whole printing process is very quiet and the resin odor is very light. I was amazed by how the details came out. I mean, look at the Eiffel Tower and the fences on it. Really impressive!!!!!!! Definitely worth the money.  

Best 3D Printer Printing Pen

  • ● Very light, easy to hold and handle ● USB powered to charge easily ● ABS shell for durable use ● Ideal for children and adults

    ● Can draw on a paper or in the air
    ● Draw stereoscopic model using PLA thread ( included )
    ●Heated plastic thread squeezes out and instantly hardens
    ● The better melting point of a pen head, no heating hurt

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How to choose the best budget 3D printer online?

Basically, there are five parameters to consider before buying a 3D printer: build volume, print precision, print speed, ease of use, and price. 

However, sometimes the types of 3D printer speak the print quality and print speed. For example, at the same price range, the LCD MSLA 3D printer offers faster speed and smoother details than FDM 3D printers.

① Choosing the most recommended, best-selling, or top-rated 3D printer is the easiest way.

Also, if you have enough time to select the correct 3D printer for your needs but have trouble to choose from a bewildering array of printers, try to answer the following questions:

② What’s your budget on a 3D printer?

3D printer price under $200, $300, $400, $500, $600, $1000 and $2000, choose the best affordable 3D printer on your budget.

③ What is the intended use of your 3D printer?

3D printers intended for home, industrial, kids education, or beginners are different, figure out its intended purpose first, and then choose the right one in your need.

④ What type of 3D printer should you buy?

FDM as the most common 3D printer in desktop 3D printing is better for large and simple parts, while MSLA works better in creating the highest resolution, high accuracy, intricate details, and the smoothest surface finish. And the LCD 3D printer with high build speed is good for a beginner to resin 3D printer.

⑤ What size modelings do you need to print (for FDM 3D Printer)?

Consider the 3D printer of build volume based on the max size of modelings you need to print.

⑥ What materials do you need to print (for FDM 3D Printer)?

Knowing what filament you need is critical to choose a 3D printer. A 3D printer compatible with more materials will be better. The PLA and ABS filaments are the most common materials that makers would need.

What is an FDM 3D Printer?

FDM, short for Fused Deposition Modeling, is also called as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) or Filament Free-form Fabrication. FDM 3D printing is the most popular and affordable printing technology in the printing layer by layer to form a 3D object. 

FDM 3D Printer is also called  Filament 3D printer, true to its name is a filament-based 3D printer that uses thermoplastic filaments such as PLA, ABS, PETG, TPG, PP, wood, or metal material and extrudes the melted filament out onto the build platform to stack the layers to finally form a 3D object.   

What’s an MSLA 3D Printer?

MSLA (Masked Stereolithography) 3D printer, also is known as LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) 3D Printer, is one of the printers based on resin 3D printing (also known as vat polymerization). 

Resin 3D printing technology also includes stereolithography (SLA) and digital light processing (DLP) in addition to LCD or MSLA 3D Printing, using to print miniatures with smooth surface finish and high-quality details. These printers use a photosensitive resin cured by a light source to create solid layers and, eventually, whole parts. 

How does an FDM 3D printer work?

For an assembled-ready and settings-done FDM 3D printer, after you select the 3D model file to print, the printer will heat the filament making it semi-liquid. Then the filament is extruded through the nozzle to form the first layer on the print bed as the extruder motor moves back and forth. This process is repeated to build layer by layer until the 3D model is complete. 

How does an LCD 3D Printer work?

LCD 3D printing is the latest additive manufacturing process, nearly the same as DLP. LCD 3D printer flashes the whole layers at the resin vat but with the UV light coming from the LCD rather than a projector. As the screen acts as a mask, it reveals only the pixels necessary for the current layer, so no other device is required to direct the light.  


What’s a 3D printer composed of?

MSLA 3D printer is mainly composed of resin vat, build platform, liquid resin, and elevator, while the components of an FDM 3D printer include a print bed (or heated bed), extruder, block heater (or hot end), nozzle, filament, feeder, cooling fan, motors, mainboard, positioner, display, pulley and so on.

What is the MSLA 3D printer used for?

Compared to FDM 3D printers, LCD MSLA 3D printers featured with high print quality, smooth surface finish, and fast print speed are widely used in the dentistry, engineering, and jewelry industries. 

Differences between MSLA and FDM 3D printer

MSLA (also called LCD) and FDM 3D printing technologies are both popular but very different. Let’s compare these two technologies on materials, colors, print quality, print speed, application, maintenance cost, and price, then sum up the advantages and disadvantages of MSLA and FDM 3D printer

Printing typeMSLA or LCDFDM
MaterialsExclusive materials and design make it only fit on its printer, hard to find the replacement parts. Print on a variety of materials such as PLA, ABS, PETG, TPU, nylon, ceramics, wood, and so on. The universal diameter of filament makes it widely compatible.
ColorsLimited colorsVarious colors
Print qualityHigh accuracy print, smooth surface finishLow resolution, limited in the complexity of the details
Print speedFaster printing speed Fast built speed
Build volumeSmallLarger
Ease of useComplex and toxic to use, not recommended for 3D printing beginnersEasy to operate, best entry-level 3D printing choice
Maintenance cost High cost for the replacement of resin material, resin tank, and build platform  Low cost for replacing the nozzles, filaments, and extruders
UsersBest for professionals and makersBest for beginners, hobbyists, and makers
ApplicationBest for miniatures such as jewelry, dental or other objects in need of intricate details and smooth surface finishBest for batch production and larger construction volumes of rapid prototyping

Advantages and disadvantages of MSLA and FDM 3D printer

From the above chart, we could see the advantages and disadvantages of MSLA 3D printing and FDM 3D printing clearly as follow:

Printing typeMSLA or LCDFDM
Pros①Best for highly detailed and complex miniatures;
②Smooth surface finish, no sanding is required;
③High precision;
④Plug and play
①Best for batch production and larger construction volumes;
②Fairly affordable;
③Inexpensive and widely available materials;
④Wide compatibility with durable filaments;
⑤Easy to operate
Cons① Fragile resin material, easily damaged by exposure to the sun;   
② Highly toxic liquid resin is not recommended for inexperienced users  
①Low resolution, required to sand or polish the surfaces; 
②Required to calibrate the printer properly, or it will lead to printing problems like warping, misalignment, and shifting layers, threading and nozzle clogging

To sum up, if you need to print 3D miniatures of precise details and smooth finish, buy an  LCD MSLA  3D printer on a friendly budget. 

As for batch production in large build-volume objects, an FDM filament 3D printer would be the best budget choice.

How much is an FDM or LCD 3D printer?

A resin 3D printer (SLA or DLP printer) costs almost three times more than an affordable FDM printer before the LCD or MSLA 3D printer, priced at minimal $3000. 

That’s why the FDM 3D printer took the first place in the market all the time, but the arrival of an LCD 3D printer re-changed the trend to offer a cheaper solution to resin 3D printing. Only if you invest the same or maybe lower price as an FDM printer in a resin 3D printer, you will get a better 3D model with faster speed and better details. 

The price of an FDM 3D printer on starts from $99, while the LCD or MSLA resin 3D printer costs less than $200. Undoubtedly, it’s absolutely the best bet on resin 3D printing.

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