The 10 Best 3D Printers For Kids

Updated May 04, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

10 Best 3D Printers For Kids
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We spent 21 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Remember when we were kids and the idea of using futuristic technology to build and create cool stuff at the touch of a button was pure science fiction? Well, it's no mere fantasy anymore: these 3D printers can do just that, giving children (and adults, if we're being completely honest) the means to design and construct practically anything they can dream up, so long as it'll fit on the platform. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best 3d printer for kids on Amazon.

10. XYZPrinting Da Vinci Pen

Those who blanch at the cost of even the least expensive desktop units — or just don't have room to accommodate a bulky noisemaker that runs for hours at a time — will enjoy the XYZPrinting Da Vinci Pen as a useful alternative for designing in 3D without going broke.
  • nontoxic extrusion material
  • easy to clear jams
  • only one output speed
Brand XYZprinting
Model 3N10XXUS00E
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Rock Space Ant

For a beginner-friendly option that requires minimal room and offers more than one way to connect to your network, try the Rock Space Ant, which includes an SD card, flash drive and USB ports, and sample spools, so you can get started creating right away.
  • very easy to use
  • stable and quiet operation
  • works only with pla
Model RSD0609
Weight 19 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Printrbot Play

Even the most dedicated makers can lose patience in the long wait between starting a build and removing the finished product from the platform, so the Printrbot Play is not only sturdily built with a protective fan shroud, it's also faster than other budget Cartesians.
  • 100-micron resolution
  • untethered prototyping using sd card
  • build area is only 4x4x5 inches
Brand Printrbot
Model White Play 1505
Weight 15.9 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. XYZPrinting Da Vinci Mini Wireless

As tempting as it is to go all-out on the precision and versatility of a high-end desktop prototyping device for the young maker in your life, the cost may be prohibitive. Luckily, the XYZPrinting Da Vinci Mini Wireless offers top-tier capability at an entry-level price.
  • uses nontoxic compostable filament
  • comes with design software
  • no touchscreen display
Brand XYZprinting
Model 3FM1WXUS00F
Weight 22.6 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Dremel DigiLab 3D20 Idea Builder

For a familiar brand-name, standalone device with a color touchscreen and a respectably large build area at a reasonable price, there's the Dremel DigiLab 3D20 Idea Builder. While it's not designed for ABS, it’s optimized to work well with Dremel's proprietary filament.
  • fully enclosed chassis
  • easy to use right out of the box
  • compatible with third-party software
Brand Dremel
Model 3D20-01
Weight 33 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Monoprice Mini Delta

The only thing cooler than watching children's creations take shape in the self-calibrating linear motion system of the Monoprice Mini Delta is seeing them put their imaginations to work, coming up with designs for the robotic arms to bring to life right before your eyes.
  • up to 50-micron layer resolution
  • heated build plate
  • open-source technology
Brand Monoprice
Model 121666
Weight pending
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. RepRap Prusa i3

Nothing charms a tinkerer like the chance to dig into the guts of things and figure out what makes them tick. The iconic RepRap Prusa i3 is the ultimate kit for those who get just as excited about building their own system as they do using it to make stuff.
  • small parts are organized well
  • open source customizable design
  • fun way to learn the process
Brand Reprap Guru
Model B011PVIMPW
Weight 18.8 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

3. Flashforge Finder

The smooth, candy-apple red exterior of the Flashforge Finder houses a fully enclosed build area to prevent accidental contact between the hot end and curious operators' fingers. One of its coolest features is the slide-in build plate with assisted bed leveling.
  • ideal for novices
  • intuitive color touchscreen
  • wifi connectivity
Brand FlashForge
Model 700355100638
Weight 31.9 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

2. AIO Robotics Full-Metal Pen

If you're not quite ready to throw in your lot with full-scale desktop prototyping, but would like to put the power of three-dimensional creation in youngsters' hands (under adult supervision, of course), the AIO Robotics Full-Metal Pen could be an ideal starting point.
  • adjustable temperature
  • ultra-slim ergonomic stylus
  • 2 samples of pla filament included
Brand AIO Robotics
Model PR1002
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Qidi X-smart

With a fully enclosed, heated bed and multidirectional cooling to support a variety of materials, the Qidi X-smart also has a bendable, removable platform to make build removal easy as pie. The only problem may be getting the current user to let anyone else have a turn.
  • intuitive touchscreen interface
  • works with pla and abs filaments
  • breakpoint memory function
Brand Qidi Technology
Weight 52.9 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

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Last updated on May 04, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience—with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist—she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new.

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