Affordable 3D Printing: Top Deals Starting From Just $165


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3D printing is an incredibly impressive act of technology. A decade ago, this was only possible for NASA scientists and mechanical engineers. Now, however, anyone can print their own models at home. This broad and growing hobby is easier to get into than many think, and there are now a lot of reliable and inexpensive 3D printers available in the market. Moreover, there is a vast number of websites and forums that are eager to welcome novices and assist you in obtaining optimal 3D designs — which you can print with your new, gleaming system. So, if you’re a beginner looking for your first printer or are already experienced and want to improve your prints, our compilation of the best 3D printer deals will surely have something to cater to your needs.

The Creality Ender-3 Pro is massively popular to the point where one may not realize that the “3” signifies it is a part of a series. Stepping back from one of today’s preferred 3D printers to its predecessor reveals how affordable a 3D printer can be bought in the present day. This filament-based printer lacks built-in shielding and a camera, and has a basic interface. Yet, if you’re looking to save a lot of money and want to experiment with 3D printing without a hefty initial expense, this is perhaps the best route to take.

The Monoprice MP Cadet 3D Printer is an excellent starting point for those new to the world of 3D printing. Despite its small size, it packs a sizeable punch, providing newcomers with a simpler way to grasp the basics of 3D printing while simultaneously creating quality prints. The printer’s 3D printing area measures 3.9 x 4.1 x 3.9 inches. In addition to its compact size, this 3D printer is lightweight, making it ideally suited for children. Furthermore, the printer’s ease of use is enhanced by its auto-leveling bed and preferred usage of PLA and PLA Pro filament, the best filament type for novices.


The Mars 4 Max takes 3D printing to the next level by boasting a 6K resolution. This 3D printer utilizes resin to create a variety of objects, including figurines. With its print volume of 7.71 x 4.81 x 5.9 inches, it is ideal for small tabletop armies, roleplaying characters, D&D avatars, and even intricate jewelry. Its use of the VoxelDance Tango slicing software enables users to choose from different printing modes to achieve the desired speed and accuracy. Plus, its compact, boxy design and striking red cover make it as much a conversation piece as it is a tool.


The Creality Resin 3D Printer Halot-Mage is an 8K printer that uses resin as opposed to filament. When we compare FDM and SLA 3D printers (the Halot-Mage and all resin printers are SLA printers), we see that SLA printers make better resolution prints but also tend to be more expensive than their FDM counterparts. The Halot-Mage gives us a counterbalance to that price claim, and especially so while on sale. Acting as a sort of entry portal to the land of SLA printing, the Halot-Mage has a printing area of 8.97 x 5.03 x 9.05 inches, printing at an impressive planar detail level of 29.7 microns. With the kit also comes 3 months of free access to Chitubox Pro (~$48 value) for preprocessing your prints.


The Anycubic Photon M3 Max is a one of the most powerful 3D printers you can get. It has an impressive 11.7 x 6.5 x 11.8 inch printing area and does so in 8K. SLA printing, which uses lights and lasers, is dependent upon light to print. The Anycubic Photon M3 Max uses an array of LED lights to get the light not only just right but also evenly distributed. The effect? Fast printing. And, the Anycubic Photon M3 Max won’t let that fast printing get the best of you. How so? By automatically feeding more resin into your well when it gets low, kinda like those automatic plant waterers. The result is a hassle-free print that doesn’t have to be babysat to the utmost degree.

There are a lot more 3D printers out there, including ones on sale. Take a look at these, too:

Anycubic Kobra 2 Neo — $189, was $280

Creality Ender 3 Neo — $219, was $299

Flashforge Finder 3 — $269, was $499

Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro — $285, was $400

Anycubic Kobra Max — $369, was $670

Elegoo Saturn 3 Ultra — $500, was $594

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