Father’s Day Present Concept: These Low-cost 3D Printers Are On Sale For Much less Than $300

3D printing is much more accessible now than in the past. Back then, you had to pay up to $ 1,000 for one. However, nowadays there are many inexpensive 3D printers that cost less than $ 300, such as Monoprice Mini Delta, Longer Orange 10 and Comgrow Creality Ender 3. These are fantastic gifts for dad and if you order today they will Do security arrival before Father's Day.

Monoprice Mini Delta – $ 160 was $ 176

The unbelievable thing about the Monoprice Delta Mini, apart from the fact that it is one of the cheapest 3D printers on the market, is that it offers a number of advanced features that you would not normally find on a $ 160 3D printer. It features a sturdy all-metal frame, a heated build plate that prevents warping, an automatic bed leveling function, a maximum resolution of 50 micrometers, a full-color LCD screen, Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with a variety of functions materials. For something that costs less than a FitBit, all the branded stuff is pretty impressive. That doesn't mean the Monoprice Mini Delta is so great. For starters, it's called Mini, as its print area is only 110 millimeters in diameter (4.3 inches) and 120 millimeters in diameter (4.7 inches), which definitely limits what objects you can print.

For such a cheap machine, the Delta Mini prints quite decently. We are testing several printed models, including a cat, a tug, and a small selection of different objects that we accidentally found on Thingiverse. The construction was fairly sturdy with minimal "noodles" and other shortcomings and it is not quite as prone to turbulence on the Z axis. Of course, you still have to do a little cleaning up after printing. The Monoprice Mini Delta is dirt cheap, but very reliable. Get it today on Amazon for just $ 160 instead of $ 176 – a cool $ 16 discount.

Longer orange 10 – $ 200 was $ 300

The Longer Orange 10 is an affordable LCD resin printer that offers exciting 3D printing options for much less money. For $ 200 (compared to $ 300 on Amazon), you get a touchscreen, an intelligent support generation, and a fast, proprietary slicer. This makes this device perfect for those who are still starting to 3D print. The Orange 10's two main attractions are intelligent support and fast custom slicer. These work together to automatically detect hanging parts with one button and add more stable, meshed grid support to increase the success rate when printing complex models. Professional slicing software outputs 100 million slicing files in one minute, three times faster than open source solutions. Another great feature is automatic support generation. Typically, the resin printing workflow suffers from machines where models have to be transferred between different software programs for decent support structures. This is not the case with the Orange 10 because the support generation is integrated in the slicer. For the price, the 2.8-inch touchscreen of the Orange 10 is a welcome and surprising addition that is very responsive and saves you a lot of time when you start printing, adjusting settings or changing profiles for different materials.

We tested a Zombie Hunter head and the result was mostly positive. The Orange 10 was able to finish the job in over three hours and we were pretty impressed with how good it looked. Admittedly, it took some time to scrape off the building board because it stuck to it. After a few standard adjustments after printing, however, we did not find any recognizable defects in the finished product. Get the Longer Orange 10 from Amazon for just $ 200.

Comgrow Creality Ender 3 – $ 250 was $ 300

The Creality Ender 3 has a number of advanced functions and qualities that are difficult to find even with the most expensive printers. It is a real gem in the 3D printing industry. It has a heated bed, which is vital when printing with ABS or PLA, a power failure recovery that is not available on most $ 1,000 worth of 3D printers, and a fully open source platform. The best thing is that it is relatively cheap on Amazon at just $ 250, $ 50 less than the normal retail price of $ 300.

This 3D printer has a printing area of ​​220 x 220 x 250 mm and a maximum printing speed of 200 mm / s. It is one of the fastest budget printers we have ever seen. An LCD screen is attached to the housing of the 3D printer, which simplifies operation. You can feed the digital file to the 3D printer either with an SD card or via USB. Just like the Monoprice Mini Delta and the Longer Orange 10, this is a very compact machine that does not take up too much space on the desk and is delivered semi-assembled. Although it comes with a manual, setting up can be very confusing, especially for beginners in 3D printing, as the instructions aren't the most detailed. It took us a couple of hours to assemble it (including assembling the frames, assembling the X-axis, installing the belt, assembling the entire machine, and finally the wiring), and we're not exactly new to it. We recommend reading the YouTube videos for additional help.

The print quality of the Creality Ender 3 is astonishing for the price, not to mention the economy. It's compatible with both PLA and ABS, and you probably know that PLA is cheap and therefore ideal for beginners. Our first attempts resulted in some failed prints due to bed leveling. However, after we calibrated the machine settings, we were thrilled with the extraordinary result. The final benchy that we tested was delivered almost flawlessly with outstanding quality and perfect details. The Creality Ender 3 is the most expensive 3D printer on this list, but it is certainly the best. Get it today on Amazon for $ 250.

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