Depending on your budget, you might consider spending a bit more if you want to get started with printing fast.
The more money you invest, the faster you will get going eventually.
We at Tripodmaker made an overview on what to expect from a certain budget when you aks: how much are 3D printers. You can find the complete overview in our downloadable ebook.
A short overview: How much do 3D printers cost?
Below €600 assembled machines
typically have proprietary cartridges. You need to be aware of the ‘bait and switch’ with these machines. The machine appears affordable, but the print head is quite expensive. And at this price point the print quality level can’t match the higher costing machines.
€600 to €1000 machines:
these are DIY devices and you have to source all the parts (mechanical and electrical) yourself, rely on your technical knowledge to assemble the printer and get it working. Needless to say this is not easy, but the print quality can be quite high with these machines (depending on the parts used).
€1000 to €1700 machines:
you purchase a kit from a supplier and assemble the printer yourself with detailed instructions - think of this as an advanced Ikea set. It will take you 12 to 24 hours to assemble the machine and get it up and running smoothly.
€1750 to €3500 machines:
these are fully assembled machines and depending on the price you might have a panoply of features. Some of the features include a heated bed, dual nozzle print heads, auto-calibration and robust proprietary operational software.
€3500 and above machines:
we’re not qualified to discuss machines in this price range as they are primarily for industrial use. They use special materials and have extensive service contracts. These machines consist of heated build chambers up to 100 °C and require expensive parts that are reliable at these high temperatures.
How much do 3D printers cost when using them?
Check out our super infographic on costs of owning a 3D printer here in this blog post. It will give you an overview on how much money, time and resources having a 3d printer comes down. Click on the image to go to this blogpost.