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Best Cheap 3D Printer: Top 5 in 2021

We are always looking for the best cheap 3D printer, to have a good 3D printer spending as little as possible. Fortunately the market helps us, because it is developing many models, more and more technological, better and intuitive (even for those who have yet to start) at ever lower prices! Although in this blog, Easy3dhome, we try to spread guides and tips for 3d printing, sometimes we give some advice for purchases. This arises from the main fact that you often find guides or rankings around by general sites. These recommend obsolete printers, or without support groups or perhaps just wrong ones. Of course for these reasons we try to make some order trying to make a ranking (in random order) of the best 5 cheap 3D printers at the dawn of this 2021, which will be the best and cheap 3D printer above all?

In this article we only deal with FDM printers, or filament printers. If you are interested in 3D printing with resin soon you will get your article!

Here are the best cheap 3D printers:

First: Ender 3 V2

That is to say it’s the best 3d printer for price quality to start looking out on this world. It is semi-assembled and we can mount it in about twenty minutes without having any particular knowledge of electronics or mechanics. Surely it can use different types of filament, it is very solid and made with the best materials.In conclusion the Ender 3 V2 is the updated version of the famous and beloved Ender 3!

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Improvements compared to the first version
  • Motherboard with TMC2208 silent stepper drivers: compared to Ender 3 (click here for the review) and Ender 3 Pro, it offers a priceless quiet experience.
    This V2 does not emit the classic sounds of the movement of the motors that so disturb the sleep (of the wives) during the night. A great upgrade for a cheap 3D printer!
  • The new display features a 4.3-inch color knob screen, user experience greatly improves with the newly designed user interface system.
  • On the extruder of the Ender 3 V2 is added a large rotary knob, which can facilitate the charging and feeding of the filament.
  • It has a tool box integrated in the body of the machine, it is easier and faster maintenance work. It earns the organization and order of the house!
  • Lastly the carborundum glass platform allows the plate to warm up faster and the prints adhere better!
Technical Features
  • Printing size: 220 * 220 * 250 mm
  • Modelling technology: FDM
  • Number of nozzles: 1 nozzle of 0,4 mm
  • Thickness of the layer: 0,1 mm-0,4 mm
  • Axle accuracy XY: ± 0,1 mm
  • Filament: PLA da 1,75 mm
  • File format: STL / OBJ / AMF
  • Working mode: online or TF card offline
  • Specification of power supply: AC115 / 230V 50 / 60Hz; Exit: DC24V
  • Temperature plate: ≤100 ℃
  • Temperature nozzle: ≤250 ℃
  • Language selection: Chinese-English switch
  • Operating System MAC / Linux / WindowsXP / Vista / 7/10
  • Printing speed: ≤180 mm / s, normal 30-60 mm / s

PRO

  • Most importantly pre-assembled and quick to assemble.
  • Excellent construction materials.
  • Excellent motherboard that mounts super silent TMC drivers!
  • But most importantly outstanding value for money.

CONS

  • Very little PLA filament supplied at the time of purchase.

Ender 3 V2 on Amazon

Ender 3 V2 on Aliexpress


Best Cheap 3D Printer: Anycubic i3 MEGA – Timeless

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Certainly a great printer to start with 3D printing. Also this is a printer very easy to assemble, just 8 screws. About 3 minutes and after that you’ll be able to create objects. (Click here for the review)

 

  • Printing size: 210 x 210 x 205 mm. Thanks to the modular assembly with quick mounting, you can start printing immediately. A rigid metal frame can reduce the rescue of the pressure process and improve the quality of printing.
  • Axis travel on linear guides for maximum precision.
  • Supported printing materials: TPU, PLA, ABS, HIPS, wood, ecc.
  • 1TFT touch screen: Color user interface, multilingual and easy to use.
  • Two filament readings: automatic pause when filament ends or breaks.
Technical Features
  • Modelling technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)
  • Positioning accuracy: X / Y 0,125 mm, Z 0,002 mm
  • Printing size: 210 x 210 x 205 mm / Print size: 405x410x453 mm / Weight: ~ 11 kg
  • Printing speed: 20 ~ 100 mm / s / Moving speed: 100mm / s
  • Filament: 1,75 mm / Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
  • Power supply: AC 100-220V 50-60Hz / Working voltage: 12V DC
  • Slicer: Cura / Input formats: STL, OBJ, DAE, AMF / Output software formats: GCode / Working mode: online o SD offline
  • Maximum nozzle temperature: 260 ℃ / Maximum temperature of hot plate: 110 ℃ / Ambient operating temperature: 8 ℃ -40 ℃

PRO

  • Similarly to others, pre-assembled and quick to assemble.
  • Fast heating of the printing surface and the head that heats the filament.
  • Movements on linear guides.
  • Double engine in Z axis.

CONS

  • It’s not a new model though.

I3 MEGA on Amazon

I3 MEGA on Aliexpress

 


Best Cheap 3D Printer: Artillery Genius – The most technological

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Very performing printer, of modern conception. Above all it has a clean design and gives the impression of being professional.

 

  • Powerful high-quality accessories – With touch screen control, fast print bed heating, ultra-quiet stepper driver. Direct drive extruder for the support of flexible materials.
  • Detecting Power Outages – Resume your printer after a power outage, so goodbye to the lose of the print job due to a power outage to ensure you can continue with your work.
  • Synchronised Double Z System – Make sure that both sides of the portal move uphill and downhill at the same height and speed, even when one of the Steppers at Z breaks.
  • Fast heating – It takes only 130 seconds for the heated bed to reach 110°.
  • Easy installation and stable performance – As a result the structure can be mounted in a few minutes.
Technical Features
  • Layer resolution: 0.11mm
  • Frame: Extrusion of aluminium and ABS
  • Positioning accuracy XYZ: 0,05mm, 0,05mm, 0,01mm
  • Filament: PLA, ABS, TPU, flexible materials
  • Filament diameter : 1,75mm
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
  • Printer size: 43 x 39 x 51 cm / 16,93 x 15,35 x 20,08 inch, 43 x 39 x 59 cm / 16,93 x 15,35 x 23,23 inch (with coil port)
  • Shipping box dimensions : 54 x 44 x 32 cm / 21,26 x 17,32 x 12,6 inch
  • Weight: 8900g
  • Shipping weight: 10500g
  • Maximum print speed: 150m/s
  • Maximum speed of travel: 250 m/s
  • Construction volume: 22 x 22 x 25 cm / 8,66 x 8,66 x 9,84 inch
  • Extruder Type: Titan Extruder (Direct Drive)
  • Maximum temperature of the plate: 130°C
  • Power requirements: 110V / 220V (with heated bed on)
  • Connectivity: USB, TF card, USB stick
  • Controller board: MKS Gen L
  • Nozzle type: Volcano

PRO

  • Rapid heating of the printing plate and hot end.
  • Silent movements, so no noise at all.
  • Hot end Volcano for speed printing.
  • Direct extruder, ideal for flexible filament printing.
  • Similarly to the others, print recovery in case of power failure.
  • Flat cables for an eye-catching look.

CONS

  • For good reason, but it’s a little more expensive than competitors.

Artillery Genius on Amazon

Artillery Genius on Aliexpress


Best Cheap 3D Printer: LONGER LK4 – The cheapest

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Surely the cheaper 3D printer, very similar to the first version of Ender 3, to which it adds the color touch screen. Among the most economical and however quality printers (click here for the review). The peculiarity of this printer furthermore, which is immediately visible is the use of smooth profiles as a frame.
  • New LK4 simplifies assembly. Complicated parts such as the X-axis beam, easel and nozzle were assembled before leaving the factory. That is to say, 90% of the printer comes already assembled, saving us time and effort.
  • Intuitive user interface, therefore easy to use, to preview the model and the on-screen printing process. Say goodbye to the traditional manual knob screen nonetheless.
  • New sturdy frame with smooth profiles that prevent dust accumulation in the middle.
  • Resume printing after power failure; so automatically suspend printing when the filament runs out to avoid throwing away printing.
  • Lastly the power supply is designed and placed in a hidden place, located under the printing platform to ensure user safety. And with the power of 280W, the temperature of the heat bed can reach 100°C in 4 minutes.
Technical Features
  • Model: LK4
  • Modelling technology: FDM
  • Extruder: Single
  • Size: 220*220*250 mm
  • Printing temperature: 190-250 ℃
  • Noozle diameter: 0.4mm
  • Layer thickness: 0.1-0.4 mm
  • Filament Detector: Yes
  • Heated plate: Yes
  • Touch Screen: 2.8″ Colour touch screen
  • Printing speed: <180 mm/s (Recommended 60-80 mm/s)
  • Compatible Slicer: Cura, Reptier-Host, Prusa, Simplify
  • File format: G-Code, STL
  • Connection: TF Card or USB Cable
  • Input voltage: 100-120V AC 7A, 200-240V AC 3.5A, 50-60Hz
  • Output voltage: DC 24V 15A
PRO
  • Cheap 3D printer.
  • Easy to install.
  • Intuitive touch screen.
  • 24 volt transformer.
  • In the shortage of electricity you can recover the print.

CONS

  • Wheels in the axles to replace definitely after years because they are plastic.
  • Secondly noisy extruder fan.

Longer LK4 su Amazon

Longer LK4 su Aliexpress


Last but not least: JG Maker – The work mule

 

Of course a 3D printer passed quietly and virtually unknown. In my opinion among the best, at least as regards the final result on par with Ender 3. Y movement with linear guides and elegant electronics arrangement. For example there is no touch screen but it’s still modern (click here for the review).
  • Print dimensions: 220x220x250mm, clean and tidy structure with stable solid metal base and high quality aluminum profiles.
  • Safety: Built-in power supply and industrial silicone cable add a guarantee for printer safety.
  • Filament exhaustion detection and current outage detection: Magic is able to resume printing even after a power outage or filament depletion.
  • Side filament support to maintain printer stability. This is to avoid that the weight of the filament combined with its movement creates interference as it happens with printers that have the filament holder in the “castle” (the upper part). The filament holder is on the metal base and makes it more stable.
  • During printing you can accidentally remove SD and you can reinsert the SD card and choose resume to continue printing.
Technical Features

 

  • Precision: da 0,05 a 0,30 mm
  • Offline printing: SD card / USB cable
  • Nozzle temperature: 250°C ambient temperature
  • Hot bed temperature: room temperature up to 110°C
  • Filament: PLA, ABS and more
  • Stop printing: yes
  • Recovery from electrical failure: yes
  • Filament run-out detection: yes

PRO

  • Excellent electronics.
  • Low price.
  • Recovery from power outage.
  • Wire end sensor.
  • Elegant design.

CONS

  • You have to add a glass on the plate.

JG Maker su Amazon

JG Maker su Gearbest

 


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