3D Printers Under $1,000 As Do-It-Yourself Kits

DIY 3D Printing Kits are everywhere. Here are a few well-known ones to consider

After creating the list of 3D Printers Under $1,000 Fully Assembled, I thought I should create a similar one for lower-cost 3D printers that you can build yourself, the do-it-yourself (DIY) kits, that helped spawn the growth of the desktop 3D printer market for consumers.

One of my favorite DIY printers comes from SeeMeCNC, out of Indiana. I met the team at the Bay Area Maker Faire in 2014 and was impressed with their friendly customer attitude and willingness to answer questions. Their Rostock Max v2 DIY kit is one of the only delta printers I’ve found under $1,000 coming in right under at $999. John "Oly" Olafson spent a bunch of time educating me on their product and other printers (positive suggestions).

Rostock Max X/Y Printable area  is 11 inches diameter (280mm). Max printable square size is 7 ¾ inches (197mm). Max printable Z height is 14 ¾ inches (375mm).  Resolution is on X/Y is .1mm and Z resolution is .0125mm.

RepRap is one of the best known DIY 3D printers and there are many little companies that sell various models. I have chosen just one NWRepRap as they have been around a while, and I have seen good reviews on Amazon and around the web.

NWRepRap – RepRap Prusa i3 kit is $749 and the Prusa i2 is only $599.

  • The Prusa i3 has an effective print area of 190mm x 190mm x 190mm (7.5" x 7.5" x 7.5"). It can achieve a print height of 0.1mm to 0.3mm and it's accuracy is between 0.01mm and 0.02mm.
  • The Prusa 2 has an effective print area of 180mm x 180mm x 130mm (7" x 7" x 5"). It can achieve a print height of 0.1mm to 0.3mm and it's accuracy is between 0.01mm and 0.02mm.

Printrbot Simple Kit – is only $539 in kit form. Originally the Printrbot made our list of fully assembled printers because it isn’t that much less expensive to buy the kit. The founder even has a video that says – “buy the assembled…” But if you insist…

Deezmaker has its Bukito Mini Printer Kit at $899 which is the newest member to the Bukobot (slightly larger) family. It's a sturdy, portable 3D printer you can take with you to all you adventures. Small, but mighty, the Bukito features 5.5"x6"x5" (140mmx150mmx125mm) build volume (150 cubic inches) and weighs about 7lbs.

The QU-BD One Up, comes in at a remarkably low price of $199 unassembled. I’m going to try and get my hands on one of these soon to report back to you. The bed build area is about 3.9-in. x 3.9-in. x 4.9-in., but you can upgrade to the QU-BD Two Up for only $279; it comes with a larger 6.9-in. x 6.9-in. x 4.9-in. bed. The machine uses open source software, either Repetier Host or Pronterface, and supports Windows, OS X and Linux.