A look at the best 3D printers on the market

The growth of technology

Ten years ago, the idea of a 3D printer was unthinkable. They are like something from a futuristic movie – something radical, which would generally never come to fruition. Yet here we are, and here they are. They have been used to create such wild and wonderful things as hovercrafts and acoustic guitars, although they are more commonly used for smaller items and have revolutionised engineering. In fact, it is said that in the future they will even be used to build large-scale constructions like skyscrapers.

Our society is at present experiencing a technological revolution in which all areas of engineering are developing rapidly; manufacturing, internet tools and apps and technology-based products, services and devices that support our apps and machines are all advancing quickly. Our leisure and work lives can be made easier by applications and devices like these, and the usage of such technology even extends to the entertainment sector that is taking up new technologies to the more functional ones used in our daily lives and jobs. The entertainment world has embraced technological advances and is always improving on the systems and devices that they use. It appears that the rapidly advancing world of engineering and technology is revolutionising everything.

When it comes to 3D printers, there is a whole wealth of choice on the market. Whether you are looking for something as a hobbyist, or to use in a professional capacity, there are options to fit your every need. This includes a vast range of designs and prices. Obviously, for a piece of technology as hi-tech as this, nothing comes too cheap, but there is a marked difference between the most expensive models and the cheaper ones – and the prices are coming down all the time. 

XYZPrinting Da Vinci Mini +

This is the perfect budget printer and is most certainly the most affordable and accessible option on the market. If you are just getting started or are looking for the perfect something for family use, then this is the one for you. It prints to a good standard considering the price you pay for this model. As the name suggests, it is a compact model that is well-suited for usage in small spaces and yet copes well with everything asked of it. 

Original PRUSA i3 MK3s

This is most certainly the best option available if we are talking about value across the board. It is the ultimate all-rounder. Brought to you by PRUSA, one of the giants of the 3D printing world. It is available for you to construct yourself, or to be assembled as part of a kit. The expert-build format is by far the highest quality option and it is one of the very best choices for retail. The print-speed is extremely quick, and it makes as close-to-zero noise as a 3D printer can. With a superb final product and second-to-none features, it is a printer at the highest level. 

Ultimaker S3

This is one of the slickest 3D printers available on the open market. It is another expensive model, so it is aimed primarily at use within the world of education and commerce, rather than individual, smaller-scale, or lower-level use. It is one of the quickest, the best, and the most dependable options out there. It features touchscreen UI and Cura slicer software, along with swappable cartridge hot ends. 

CEL-UK RoboxPro              

A superb option when looking for a 3D printer for business use to meet commercial needs. With swappable print heads and a fantastic print quality, it is perfect for commercial use. With WIFI, auto-filament loading and auto-bed levelling it boasts some of the most practical features and best attributes of any printer on the market.

A technological future

The future is a mystery and who knows where technological advancements will take us in the coming years, but it is clear that we are living in an exciting time, where new realms of possibility are constantly being opened. If you haven’t seen a 3D printer in action yet, then I strongly advise you to check them out. The things they are capable of will blow your mind and you are certain to add one to your wish list!

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