A few years ago, even the cheapest 3D printers were uncomfortably close to the $1,000 mark. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in just a year or two, because now you can get a quality 3D printer for as little as $400 — or if you’re willing to sacrifice a few features, you can even go for $100.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few 3D printers that are available on the cheap and whether they are worth buying.
Peach Printer [больше не доступен]
When the campaign launched at the end of 2013 Peach Printer Kickstarter, many people rolled their eyes and wrote it off as a scam. Was it really possible to make a 3D printer that could be sold for as little as $100? Most people didn’t think so.
A couple of months ago — almost two years after a Kickstarter campaign that actually raised $600,000 on top of the $50,000 they asked for — news broke that Peachy Printer v1.0 was pretty much complete.
Here’s how it works: The Peachy Printer uses a resin-based system that sits inside a large can. The jar gradually fills with water, and as it fills up, the resin that floats on top rises with the water. The laser shines on the resin and hardens in layers starting from the bottom up.
The printer itself seems a bit too flimsy for anything other than everyday home use, but at just $100 this is excellent a purchase for anyone who is interested in 3D printing, but not sure if they are ready to take on all the obligations.
Note: We cheated a bit with this — the Peachy Printer is currently in pre-order with an estimated shipping period between September and December 2015 for new orders, but we just had to include it due to the incredible price.
Q3D OneUp ($200)
Before Peachy Printer Q3D OneUp held the title of the world’s cheapest 3D printer as no other printer could match its super-low price. Unfortunately, this low price came — and still comes — with a few hidden costs.
The OneUp build area is a measly 3.9″x3.9″x4.9″ which is absolutely small compared to the average home 3D printer. Actual print quality is okay, but nowhere near the best, and some users have reported fuzzy build quality on the printer itself.
But the kicker is terrible service and QU-BD quality assurance. In the past, they sent components that accidentally caught fire and did not offer an apology or replacements. If you ever need help with OneUp, you won’t get it from them.
And in the end, the difference between $200 and $350 (the next cheapest 3D printer) is small enough that we recommend waiting a bit, saving some money, and skipping OneUp, at least until QU-BD gets them. act together.