Top 5 3D printers in 2018

Like every year, we present our Top 5 3D print­ers in 2018. Actu­al­ly, it is a list of our favorite 3D print­ers for 5 print­er cat­e­gories. We con­sid­ered many fac­tors like price, func­tion­al­i­ty and qual­i­ty of each 3D print­er.

Our top 5 3D printers in 2018 are presented in an ascending price order:

For those of you who want to search and choose a 3D print­er by them­selves, we rec­om­mend the fil­ter system/selection on our web­site.

  1. DIY kit 3D printer

    For the do-it-your­self kits, we rec­om­mend our absolute favorite, the Delta Ros­tock 3D print­er. The rea­son is that assem­bling a 3D print­ing kit takes a lot of time and hard­ly pays off for the wal­let con­sid­er­ing work hours. Nowa­days, many man­u­fac­tur­ers, e.g. the Flash­forge Find­er, and some­what old­er devices, com­pete with Kits like the Prusa i3 from Any­cu­bicin price.

    We rec­om­mend the Delta Ros­tock 3D print­er which in addi­tion to the low price offers a unique shape and print­ing mech­a­nism. This way you have long-term ben­e­fits even if you decide to buy a high­er-qual­i­ty device lat­er on. Most desk­top 3D print­ers usu­al­ly have a cube shape and this device will stay dif­fer­ent. The Delta Ros­tock 3D print­er in com­par­i­son is excep­tion­al­ly well suit­ed for cer­tain objects due to its high and round shape. Thus, the device will soon­er or lat­er always be prac­ti­cal and use­ful, no mat­ter which 3D print­er you buy after­wards.

Aycubic Delta Rostock DIY-Kit Top 5 3D Printer in 2018

  1. For the small budget

At this point our opin­ions dif­fer, as there are 2 very good options depend­ing on your bud­get and what you define as cheap. For one thing, our price favorite is the pre­vi­ous­ly men­tioned Flash­forge Find­er which offers every­thing you need to get start­ed in 3D print­ing. But when it comes to actu­al­ly call­ing out a Top 5 3D print­er in 2018, in the long term, we’d rather rec­om­mend Craftunique’s Craft­bot Plus 3D print­er. This device offers a lot more in terms of qual­i­ty and func­tion­al­i­ty for a rel­a­tive­ly cheap price. Nev­er­the­less, you will sure­ly be hap­pi­er in the long term than with the Flash­forge Find­er which is already on the mar­ket for 3 years. This is the only cat­e­go­ry in which we have two win­ners depend­ing on what you call a bud­get 3D print­er.

Craftunique Craftbot PLUS 3D Printer in Orange from the fron Top 5 3D Printer in 2018

  1. Middle class 3D printer

The Zor­trax M200 3D print­er is like­ly to be the win­ner of our Top 5 3D print­ers in 2018. The unit’s stan­dard price is almost twice that of Craftunique’s Craft­bot Plus 3D print­er, yet you can also find it as a bar­gain at the same price on e.g. Ama­zon. In that case, it is a high qual­i­ty device for an unbeat­able price. Oth­er­wise, we count it among our mid­dle-class favorites cer­tain­ly in 2018 this machine will ful­fill all your desires.

Top 5 3D Printer in 2018 Zortrax M200 3D Printer product picture from the fron side with blue 3D object

  1. High-end 3D printer

As always, there is also the high-end cat­e­go­ry in our selec­tion with the absolute cult brand Maker­bot. The man­u­fac­tur­er has steadi­ly devel­oped its Maker­bot Repli­ca­tor 2, always rais­ing the qual­i­ty and func­tion­al­i­ty to the high­est lev­el for the entire mar­ket. There­fore, with the nec­es­sary bud­get of almost 3000 € for the Maker­bot Repli­ca­tor+, we rec­om­mend this device as one of our top 5 3D print­ers for 2018. The machine offers an opti­mal print sizes as well as vol­ume due to the lengthy shape, an inte­grat­ed cam­era and an high-end print head. Alter­na­tive­ly, you can also con­sid­er the Ulti­mak­er 3 as the biggest com­peti­tor for Maker­bots Repli­ca­tor+.

Top 5 3D Printer in 2018 Ultimaker 3 3D Printer test and review plus purchase suggestions amazon product picture

  1. SLS 3D printer

For every Top 5 3D print­ers rat­ing, we have at least one SLS print­er to choose from. These devices use liq­uid resin, instead of plas­tic fil­a­ment, in com­bi­na­tion with lasers for print­ing. As a result, the oper­a­tion is more com­plex and more space is nec­es­sary for oper­a­tion, plus the mate­r­i­al is rel­a­tive­ly expen­sive. How­ev­er, in return you receive high-qual­i­ty results for very small objects which is nec­es­sary for cer­tain appli­ca­tion areas.

When it comes to SLS 3D print­er, you can­not ignore the man­u­fac­tur­er Form­labs. The com­pa­ny has made the SLS print­ing process with its Form 1 mass mar­ket adopt­able for pri­vate use. How­ev­er, before one of their lat­est high-end devices is list­ed, you should def­i­nite­ly look at the Form­labs Form 1+. If the func­tion­al­i­ty pro­vid­ed is suf­fi­cient, we rec­om­mend this SLS 3D print­er mod­el instead of new­er much more expen­sive mod­els. This is prob­a­bly the last year in our list for this device due to the rapid devel­op­ment of the SLS devices in 2019.

Top 5 3D Printer in 2018 formlabs-form-1-resin 3D Printe product picture form the front with complete cleaning set

Conclusion

As you can see from our selec­tion for 2017, not much has changed in our list of favorites. Although new 3D print­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers are ven­tur­ing onto the mar­ket all the time and scor­ing in many respects, high-qual­i­ty clas­sics remain con­sis­tent­ly at the top for some years. We are curi­ous what the com­ing year for the selec­tion in 2019 will bring and keep you up to date.

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