3D Printers Under $1,000 Fully Assembled

Not in the mood for a do-it-yourself 3D Printer kit? These come assembled.

New Matter MOD-t 3D printer
New Matter MOD-t 3D printer. New Matter

The market for any technology product is always shifting, often in the form of lower prices. A few years ago, it would be difficult to find a handful of fully assembled 3D printers for under $1,000 (USD), but today, my list has just over 30 and I left  four or five off the list for various reasons.

All of these machines are fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printers; you can read more on the method here, which is often called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).

Note FDM is a term trademarked by Stratasys (owner of MakerBot, a popular desktop 3D printer).

1.  Printrbot is one of the big names in desktop 3D printing and their successes on Kickstarter have helped that awareness. While I have not tested this Printrbot Simple machine (yet), I get good reports from my network on how well it works and the excellent support. Their assembled units range from $599 to $749. Excellent reviews on Amazon.

  • Build Volume: 6″ x 6″ x 6″ (150mm x 150mm x 150mm) 216 cubic inches
  • Print Resolution: 100 Microns
  • Printing Material: 1.75mm PLA Filament (sample included)

2.  Dremel, the folks who make the famous rotary tool, are now making a 3D printer called the 3D Idea Builder for $999. It sells online, of course, but you can also walk into many Home Depot retail stores and check it out. According to Make magazine, the Idea Builder is based on and made by the Chinese manufacturer that produces the Flashforge Dreamer, listed below.

  • Build Volume: 9” x 5.9” x 5.5” (230 mm x 150 mm x 140 mm)
  • Layer Thickness and Resolution: 4 mil | 0.004 inches 100 microns | 0.10 mm
  • Printing Material: Filament: 1.75mm PLA (Biodegradable/Renewable)

3.  Monoprice offers a dual-extruder 3D printer, which I wrote about at Forbes in mid-2014 here, has the unremarkable, but descriptive name: “Dual Extrusion 1.75mm ABS/PLA/PVA 3D Printer - Black Metal Housing (Rev.1)” which sells for $999.99, just getting in on this list.

  • Build Volume: 8.9" x 5.7" x 5.9" (225 x 145 x 150 mm)
  • Layer Thickness and Resolution: 0.1 - 0.5mm / ±0.10mm
  • Printing Material: ABS/PLA/PVA Filament 1.75mm

4.  The New Matter MOD-t 3D printer is one of the more exciting, out-of-the-box, ready-to-print machines that I have seen (more precisely, that I have read about). Of course, at press time, these folks have just finished an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, so if you want one of their $399 machines, you’ll have a 16-week wait time.

  • Build Volume: 6” x 4” x 5” (150 x 100 x 125 mm)
  • Layer Thickness: In the horizontal plane, the nozzle diameter (0.4 mm) limits the resolution to approximately 0.5 mm. In the vertical axis, the minimum supported layer thickness is 0.1 mm.
  • Printing Material: PLA Filament 1.75mm

5.  FlashForge Creator, as mentioned above, provides the base for the Dremel Idea Builder, and is a strong printer in its own right. With excellent reviews on Amazon and elsewhere, its dual-extruder technology is priced at $977. Unfortunately, at press time, it is out of stock. 

  • Build Volume: 8.9” x 5.7” x 5.9” (225mm x 145mm x 150mm)
  • Layer Thickness and Resolution: 0.004”
  • Printing Material: ABS or PLA Filament 1.75mm

6.  XYZprinting has the Da Vinci 2.0 Duo (with two extruders) for $549.99 on Amazon.

I had difficulties getting to their website, but will update this page when that error resolves. Until then, you can use the Amazon sales page (not an affiliate link).

  • Build Volume: 7.8” x 7.8” x 5.9” (150 x 200 x 200 mm)
  • Layer Thickness and Resolution: 0.1 - 0.5mm / ±0.10mm
  • Printing Material: ABS or PLA Filament 1.75mm

7. The ROBO 3D R1 is a fully assembled 3D Printer, from Robo 3D, and has a $799.99 price. This model will print ABS and PLA as well as more unique or creative materials such as T-Glase or Laywood. Strong reviews on Amazon, too.          

  • Build Volume: 8" x 9" x 10" (203 x 229 x 254 mm)
  • Maximum Resolution: 100 Micron
  • Printing Material: ABS or PLA Filament 1.75mm

I have approximately 15 more 3D printers under $1,000 that I'm adding to this list. Check back in a few more days.

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