The 10 Best 3D Printers Under $500

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This wiki has been updated 2 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Additive manufacturing equipment and supplies don't come cheap, but for less than $500 — the cost of a paltry few weeks' worth of caffeinated bliss from that swanky coffee shop around the corner — you can score one of these snazzy desktop 3D printers. At that rate, there should still be enough room in the budget for extra filaments and add-ons to build all sorts of three-dimensional creations. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best 3d printer under $500 on Amazon.

10. Monoprice Mini Delta

9. XYZPrinting Da Vinci Jr Pro

8. Monoprice Voxel

7. Creality CR-10

6. RepRapGuru Prusa i3 V2

5. JG Aurora A5S

4. Geeetech E180

3. Flashforge Finder

2. Anycubic Photon

1. Qidi Tech X-Smart

Editor's Notes

January 11, 2019:

Along with the classic Prusa design that remains one of the most affordable, infinitely modifiable and popular approaches to desktop manufacturing, the top choices in this budget-friendly category include newer takes on both open-frame and fully enclosed platforms. Models with open-source software and filaments that can be easily modified or upgraded hold a special place in the hearts of avid tinkerers, while plug-and-play devices may be preferable for those with less experience or time for complicated assembly and configuration processes.


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Last updated on March 13, 2019 by Lydia Chipman

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