Our Top 5
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. However, 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. Furthermore, 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 a small build volume 3D Printer suitable for children in school for learning and experimentation purposes under supervision.
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. Therefore, 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.