The best 10 3D printers in comparison

Which are the best 3D printers of 2020?

Best 3D printers of 2020 (1 - 5)
3D printer comparison
Comparison winner
3D printer comparison
Comparison winner
MakerBot Replicator Z18
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MakerBot Replicator
Comparison winner
3D Systems CubePro
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botObjects ProDesk3D
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FABtotum
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Zeepro Zim
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Fablicator
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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
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MakerBot Replicator Mini
Comparison winner
Stratasys uPrint SE Plus
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MakerBot Replicator Z18
100points
MakerBot Replicator
96points
3D Systems CubePro
95points
botObjects ProDesk3D
91points
FABtotum
84points
Zeepro Zim
83points
Fablicator
79points
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
77points
MakerBot Replicator Mini
72points
Stratasys uPrint SE Plus
72points
Best price
Best price
Summary
Summary
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Pros
Pros
  • Plug and play
  • Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivity
  • External memory slot
  • Thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
  • Plug and play
  • Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivity
  • Thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
  • Thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
  • More extruder heads
  • Bigger maximum 3D print size (mm)
  • Pre-assembled
  • External memory slot
  • Plug and play
  • Thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
  • Printing in PVA
  • More extruder heads
  • Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivity
  • Printing in HIPS
  • Pre-assembled
  • More colors per print
  • Bigger maximum 3D print size (mm)
  • Thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
  • Plug and play
  • Bigger maximum 3D print size (mm)
  • Thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
  • More extruder heads
  • Printing in PVA
  • Pre-assembled
  • External memory slot
  • Bigger maximum 3D print size (mm)
  • Thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
  • More USB ports
  • Printing in HIPS
  • Pre-assembled
  • External memory slot
  • Bigger maximum 3D print size (mm)
  • Thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
  • External memory slot
  • Plug and play
  • Pre-assembled
  • Bigger maximum 3D print size (mm)
  • More colors per print
Cons
Cons
  • Maximum operating temperature
  • Shipping weight
  • Auto-generated support structures
  • Printing in ABS plastic
  • Maximum operating temperature
  • Maximum creation size
  • Shipping weight
  • Heated build platform
  • Printing in ABS plastic
  • Maximum operating temperature
  • 3D print speed
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Auto-generated support structures
  • 3D print speed
  • Auto-generated support structures
  • 3D print speed
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Printing in ABS plastic
  • Maximum creation size
  • Maximum operating temperature
  • Shipping weight
  • Auto-generated support structures
  • Heated build platform
  • Printing in ABS plastic
  • Layer thickness
  • USB ports
  • 1.75mm filament diameter
  • Fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology
  • Printing in PLA
General info
Fused deposition modeling (FDM) technologyPrinters based on fused deposition modeling (FDM) use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded through a nozzle, layer by layer, to create the object. One of the main advantages of printers based on FDM is that they work with a wide range of materials.
Fused deposition modeling (FDM) technologyPrinters based on fused deposition modeling (FDM) use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded through a nozzle, layer by layer, to create the object. One of the main advantages of printers based on FDM is that they work with a wide range of materials.
Stereolithography (SLA) technologyPrinters based on stereolithography (SLA) use a tank of liquid photopolymer resin and a high-powered light source, which is used to harden the material in the tank, one cross section at a time, until the object is created. Printers based on SLA usually have high printing speeds and can produce objects with a smooth finish.
Stereolithography (SLA) technologyPrinters based on stereolithography (SLA) use a tank of liquid photopolymer resin and a high-powered light source, which is used to harden the material in the tank, one cross section at a time, until the object is created. Printers based on SLA usually have high printing speeds and can produce objects with a smooth finish.
Shipping weightThe gross weight of the product when packaged, including all wrapping, and boxing.
Shipping weightThe gross weight of the product when packaged, including all wrapping, and boxing.52kg20.8tN.A.30kgN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.10tN.A.
Maximum operating temperatureThe maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
Maximum operating temperatureThe maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.32°C32°C280°CN.A.N.A.N.A.300°CN.A.26°CN.A.
Lowest potential operating temperatureThe minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
Lowest potential operating temperatureThe minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.15°C15°CN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.15°CN.A.
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Components
3D print speedThe speed at which 3d objects are printed, measured in millimeters per second.
3D print speedThe speed at which 3d objects are printed, measured in millimeters per second.N.A.N.A.15mm/s175mm/s400mm/s110mm/s80mm/sN.A.N.A.N.A.
1.75mm filament diameterThe 1.75mm filament diameter is gradually overtaking the previous 3mm standard. The 1.75mm filament feeds into the printer with greater ease and allows for more detail in the printing process.
1.75mm filament diameterThe 1.75mm filament diameter is gradually overtaking the previous 3mm standard. The 1.75mm filament feeds into the printer with greater ease and allows for more detail in the printing process.
Number of extruder headsMore extruder heads allow you to use different colors and different types of material at the same time. A second extruder is also required to build PVA/PLA support structures around items as they are printed.
Number of extruder headsMore extruder heads allow you to use different colors and different types of material at the same time. A second extruder is also required to build PVA/PLA support structures around items as they are printed.1132121111
Auto-generated support structuresThe printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.
Auto-generated support structuresThe printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.
Heated build platformA heated build platform helps keep the lowest levels of a print warm as the higher layers are printed. This allows the overall print to cool more evenly.
Heated build platformA heated build platform helps keep the lowest levels of a print warm as the higher layers are printed. This allows the overall print to cool more evenly.
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Materials
Printing in HIPSThe printer is able to print in High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS). HIPS is similar to ABS plastic, but uses different solvents (limonene rather than acetone). HIPS is easy to paint and glue.
Printing in HIPSThe printer is able to print in High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS). HIPS is similar to ABS plastic, but uses different solvents (limonene rather than acetone). HIPS is easy to paint and glue.
Printing in ABS plasticThe printer prints in ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). This is up to 30 times stronger than regular plastic and is commonly used in 3D printing.
Printing in ABS plasticThe printer prints in ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). This is up to 30 times stronger than regular plastic and is commonly used in 3D printing.
Printing in PLAPolylactic acid (PLA) is popular in 3D printing as it cools and sets quickly. Unlike ABS plastic, it is biodegradable and therefore better for the environment. It can be used to build support structures for other printouts, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.
Printing in PLAPolylactic acid (PLA) is popular in 3D printing as it cools and sets quickly. Unlike ABS plastic, it is biodegradable and therefore better for the environment. It can be used to build support structures for other printouts, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.
Printing in PVAPolyvinyl Acetate is another form of plastic used in 3d printing similar to ABS. It can be used to build support structures for other prints, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.
Printing in PVAPolyvinyl Acetate is another form of plastic used in 3d printing similar to ABS. It can be used to build support structures for other prints, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.
Number of colors per printA single design can be made up using different colored materials simultaneously.
Number of colors per printA single design can be made up using different colored materials simultaneously.N.A.1N.A.N.A.3211110
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Print sizes
Maximum creation sizeThis is the biggest size of object that you can print.
Maximum creation sizeThis is the biggest size of object that you can print.N.A.19.9 x 25.5 x 15273 x 241 x 27327.5 x 27.5 x 30242 x 214 x 236150 x 150 x 150177.8 x 177.8 x 177.8304 x 304 x 22810 x 10 x 12.5152 x 203 x 203
Higher x-axis resolutionThe highest possible x-axis resolution as measured in microns.
Higher x-axis resolutionThe highest possible x-axis resolution as measured in microns.N.A.11µmN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.11µm11µmN.A.
Higher y-axis resolutionThe highest possible y-axis resolution as measured in microns.
Higher y-axis resolutionThe highest possible y-axis resolution as measured in microns.N.A.11µmN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.11µm11µmN.A.
Higher z-axis resolutionThe highest possible z-axis (vertical) resolution as measured in microns.
Higher z-axis resolutionThe highest possible z-axis (vertical) resolution as measured in microns.N.A.2.5µm100µm25µmN.A.N.A.N.A.2.5µm2.5µmN.A.
Layer thicknessThe thinner each print layer is, the more detailed you can make your designs. Layer thickness is often also referred to as resolution and is measured in microns (µm).
Layer thicknessThe thinner each print layer is, the more detailed you can make your designs. Layer thickness is often also referred to as resolution and is measured in microns (µm).100µm100µm75µm25µm0.47µm50µm100µm20µm200µm330µm
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Connectivity
Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivityWi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivityWi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.11N.A.1412110
External memory slotThe device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.
External memory slotThe device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.
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Features
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Plug and playThe device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.
Plug and playThe device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.
Pre-assembledAs the product arrives fully assembled, you do not have to build it from a kit.
Pre-assembledAs the product arrives fully assembled, you do not have to build it from a kit.
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