3D Printer with small build volume

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3D Printer with a small build volume are mostly below £500 and are particularly suitable for entry level users.

The 3D print­er has a beau­ti­ful design and a sim­ple user inter­face through the touch pad. It prints with PLA fil­a­ment and has an open build space which can lead to mate­r­i­al cur­va­tures. The print vol­ume is 14x14x14 cm and at the back of the 3D print­er is a fil­a­ment car­tridge. The prob­lem is the lim­it­ed size of the car­tridge, because of which mate­ri­als from oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers can­not be used. You can always build your own spool hold­er as we did for our Flash­forge Find­er.

This colour­ful  device is a 3D Print­er designed for chil­dren. It is rel­a­tive­ly sim­ple to oper­ate through smart fil­a­ment, which in return lim­its the pos­si­bil­i­ties and free­dom for users. The only thing miss­ing is a closed hous­ing which could pre­vent chil­dren from touch­ing inside the 3D Print­er. This is fea­ture is e.g. avail­able with the Da Vin­ci Junior (to the right), which is some­what more com­pli­cat­ed to use.

As with the UP! Mini, the enclosed hous­ing is a pos­i­tive aspect for chil­dren serv­ing as a pro­tec­tion. This is also the the tar­get group at which we see the Da Vin­ci Junior as suit­able device. The pos­si­bil­i­ty to exper­i­ment with the inte­grat­ed 3D scan­ner and laser engraver is a nice extra at this low price. For start-ups or com­pa­nies, the print­er is not rec­om­mend­ed as there are bet­ter devices for the same mon­ey.

This is by far the most beau­ti­ful and small­est 3D Print­er. Despite the small build vol­ume, the Micro is priced close­ly below $500. For the price you can also buy a cheap 3D print­er with a larg­er print vol­ume and func­tion­al­i­ty. The optics and a small device must be worth the mon­ey for you. The Micro has a sim­ple oper­at­ing sys­tem and you can sim­ply attach an exter­nal track mount for exter­nal mate­ri­als.

For begin­ners and young mak­ers, the UP! Mini is a great mod­el for a rel­a­tive­ly low price. Price vs per­for­mance are in a very good bal­ance even though pro­pri­etary fil­a­ment is used which is a big minus. It is pos­si­ble to repro­gram the hard­ware, but it is eas­i­er choose a dif­fer­ent 3D Print­er in the same price seg­ment which might even be larg­er. The com­bi­na­tion of fea­tures makes this a bit old­er device still one of our favourites for small build vol­ume 3D Print­er.