Top Budget (Sub $500) 3D Printers Christmas 2018

With Christmas being only a month away and this year coming to a close, I wanted to put together a list of a few of my favorite budget 3D printers of 2018. I figured this would be a great idea for someone that is looking to get into 3D printing but wants to spend the least amount possible. All of these machines are going to be sub $500 which in my mind compared to what is out there is incredibly cheap. Entry level 3D printers really have come a long ways and you can get a pretty good machine for low cost. If you are willing to put in a little bit of work, these printers can perform as well as some of the much more expensive printers that are available on the market.

 

Creality Ender 3

First up on our list is the Creality Ender 3, which has been an all time favorite for me. I picked mine up in March of this year and it has pretty much taken over as my work horse. I did do some upgrades to this printer, but up until now, they have all been convenience upgrades that had no effect on the already stellar print quality you can get off of this machine.

 

I have had multiple of my friends get this printer as their first and they have been equally happy. It does not come pre assembled completely but is also hard to call a kit. It is max an hour or so to put the piece together and you are off printing.

 

Here is a break down of the specs:

 

Build Volume: 220 x 220 x 250mm

Heated Bed: Yes

Hotend: Not all-metal max 250 Celsius

Nozzle: Comes with a 0.4mm and is compatible with E3D replacement nozzles

Number of Extruders: 1

Supported Materials: PLA, ABS (with enclosure), TPU, PET-G

Untethered Printing with Micro SD Card (Print from LCD Screen)

24V System (Quick Warm up)

Power Loss Recovery

Extruder Type: Bowden

Firmware: Marlin

Bed Type: Aluminum with BuildTak Style Sheet

 

You seriously cannot go wrong with this machine. It is available on Gearbest for about $170 and $230 on Amazon.

Here is a video review I did on this printer some time back:

 

Creality Cr-10S

Next on the list is another machine from Creality. Creality really rose to its fame from their extremely popular low cost and large build volume Cr-10. The Cr-10S is by no means a brand new printer on the market but it is still extremely popular and loved by many. If you want a larger build volume than the Ender 3 then this printer is for you. It has easier setup than the Ender 3 with just a couple of screws to attach the bed and x carriage frame together and you are off.

 

A few of the upgrades this has over the base Cr-10 is dual lead screws on the z axis for additional stability, power loss recovery, and a filament runout sensor which is great if you plan on running large prints. It also has its bootloader which if you plan on modding this machine is a nice thing to have. With its simple setup, huge community and large 300 x 300 x 400mm build volume this is an awesome starter printer or additional printer to add to your growing arsenal.   

 

Build Volume: 300x 300x 400mm

Heated Bed: Yes

Hotend: Not all-metal max 250 Celsius

Nozzle: Comes with a 0.4mm and is compatible with E3D replacement nozzles

Number of Extruders: 1

Supported Materials: PLA, ABS (with enclosure), TPU, PET-G

Untethered Printing with Micro SD Card (Print from LCD Screen)

12V System

Power Loss Recovery

Filament Runout Sensor

Extruder Type: Bowden

Firmware: Marlin

Bed Type: Aluminum with Glass Sheet on Top

Find out more about the Anycubic Kossel or purchase one here

Geeetech A10M

Next on the list is the A10M from Geeetech. This is basically a clone of the Ender 3 but with dual extrusion. This machine comes pretty much pre assembled with the exception of attaching the top and bottom frame and mounting the extruders to the frame. It uses a hotend that is similar to the E3D Cyclops which means that two filaments go in and one filament comes out. Although this will take a fair bit of initial calibration, it will allow you to do some pretty cool gradients when printing along with the ability to make dual extrusion prints.

 

I really do not recommend dual extrusion for a beginner as there is enough to learn on single extrusion but if you have been wanting to try out dual extrusion for relatively inexpensive then this is the route I would take.

 

Build Volume: 220x 220x 260mm

Heated Bed: Yes

Hotend: Not all-metal max 250 Celsius

Nozzle: Comes with a 0.4

Number of Extruders: 2

Supported Materials: PLA, ABS (with enclosure), TPU, PET-G

Untethered Printing with SD Card (Print from LCD Screen)

24V System

Extruder Type: Bowden

Firmware: Marlin

Bed Type: Aluminum with BuildTak Style Sheet

Find out more about the Anycubic Kossel or purchase one here

Anycubic Kossel

For those that are interested in getting a delta printer, the Anycubic Kossel is a very inexpensive machine that can perform. I want to warn you that this is a full kit so it will take the good part of a day to assemble and will require some patience. However, by building a printer from the ground up you will get a good idea of how all of the parts work. This also means if something where to break and need replacing you will know exactly how to get to that part.

 

I built this delta around 2 years ago and got some great prints off of it. It is a really awesome machine and there are tons of upgrades available for it. Although I currently do not own a delta, there is something mesmerizing about watching them print.

 

Build Volume: 180x 180x 320mm

Heated Bed: Yes

Hotend: Not all-metal max 250 Celsius

Nozzle: Comes with a 0.4

Number of Extruders: 1

Supported Materials: PLA, ABS (with enclosure), TPU, PET-G

Untethered Printing with SD Card (Print from LCD Screen)

24V System

Extruder Type: Bowden

Firmware: Marlin

Bed Type: Aluminum with BuildTak Style Sheet

Find out more about the Anycubic Kossel or purchase one here

JG Aurora A5S

Last but certainly not least on my list of 3D printers is the JG Aurora A5S which is the new upgraded version of the JG Aurora A5. I had the JG Aurora A5 for quite some time and love my machine. This machine is extremely heavy duty and is composed of two solid pieces of metal that makes it extremely rigid. This printer has a large build volume of 305 x 305 x 320mm. Is is assembled by connecting the frame with 4 screws and then you are up and running.

 

It has a filament runout sensor, power loss recovery, and a really nice color touch screen on the front. The bed is made of a black diamond glass that allows prints to stick very well when heated and pop off easily when the printer has cooled. The A5S version is also a 32 bit system so prints will be coming out faster  than the older 8 bit version. One of the issues I had with the original was how loud the machine was, but with its microstepping increased thanks to the new board this machine is much quieter. If you are looking for a machine that is built like a tank then this is the one.

 

Build Volume: 305x 305x 320mm

Heated Bed: Yes

Hotend: Not all-metal max 250 Celsius

Nozzle: Comes with a 0.4mm and is compatible with E3D replacement nozzles

Number of Extruders: 1

Supported Materials: PLA, ABS (with enclosure), TPU, PET-G

Untethered Printing with SD Card (Print from Touch Screen)

24V System

Power Loss Recovery

Filament Runout Sensor

Extruder Type: Bowden

Firmware: Unknown

Bed Type: Black Diamond Glass

 

Find out more about the JG Aurora A5 or purchase one here

What is your current favorite 3D printer? Let us know down below!

About: Daniel


2 thoughts on “Top Budget (Sub $500) 3D Printers Christmas 2018”

    1. Which printer? Do you mean the Anet A8? Anet sells quite a few different printers. If so then what did you want to calibrate? I have made quite a few videos on how to calibrate your 3D printer. Most of them will be pretty similar whether it is the Anet or another brand.

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