I have bought so many printers during my career as a Computer and Network Technician but I ended my career in 2013, just before 3D printers were getting more popular with home users. The reason is because they have come down quite a bit in price and yet some still maintain a reasonable quality.
I cannot claim to be an expert on 3D printers, although I am an expert on printers in general. I will attempt to guide you in choosing your first 3D printer (my first also) by reviewing a list of the best 3D printers of 2019, and choosing one with the best mix of quality and price.
I want the 3D printers to fit on a tabletop and be perfect for hobbyists, as well as the best for small businesses.
Now more affordable
3D printers don’t have to be expensive anymore. I chose one that was middle of the road. It is a mix of good quality output, easy to use, and pretty good price. I had to compromise on how loud it was but knowing this, it can be put into a room with the door closed. I think that is a decent compromise to get this great quality machine.
I don’t believe in buying the cheapest printer, of any sort. They never wear well and in a short time, end up being just an expensive paperweight. It’s better to get a good quality, trusted brand machine that will stand the test of time.
For this review, I have chosen the FlashForge Creator Pro. It can be purchased on Amazon for $1,200.00. Remember, those cheaper brands will only end up leaving you high and dry when you need it most. Not to mention the fact that they are usually hard to work with and don’t produce very good quality output.
FlashForge Creator Pro
The FlashForge Creator Pro 2017 is the best 3D printer that sits between budget 3D printers and expensive professional models. It’s a lot cheaper than pro models, though it maintains the build quality and reliability that you’d come to expect from a professional 3D printer. It’s not quite as cheap as the budget and beginner models in this list, but it offers greater accuracy when printing 3D models, although it is a tad noisy in use.
It is Chinese built and bears close resemblance to the Makerbot Replicator 2X. It is a step up from the original entry level FlashForge Creator, but comes with a metal frame and enclosed chassis. Other new features include the upgraded platform leveling system and metal build plate and guide rod to help with stabilization and durability. It has dual extruders and printing materials include ABS, PLA and PVA.
With a sturdy metal frame and an enclosed chassis, the FlashForge Creator Pro proves more stable than its predecessor because of the upgraded platform leveling system, dual extruders, metal build plate, and guide rod to help with stabilization and durability, making it a winner in our Workhorse category.
FlashForge Creator Pro 2017
A great mid-range 3D printer
Print technology: Fused deposition modeling | Minimum layer resolution: 100 microns | Maximum layer resolution: 500 microns | Dimensions: 526 x 360 x 389 mm
$899 View at Walmart
☆☆☆☆☆ 4.5 stars 8.6/10
Delivering on both print quality and reliability, it is a real workhorse machine, though it does need some extra work to get there. An open source platform offers the opportunity for tweaks, allowing owners to optimize their printer to its full potential and make use of the large support community.
The Creator Pro, though very affordable, can quickly get more expensive for beginners to 3D printing. Common complaints include issues with the second extruder creating unnecessary pains, among other small adjustments that might be needed along the way.
Summed up by one of its owners, “This is clearly the most reliable printer for the price. With a massive support community, many open source options, and parts from many vendors, it can provide a great printing experience for a long time.” All features taken into consideration and priced at $899, this 3D printer is unsurprisingly a big hit among its user base. Maintenance is straightforward and spare parts are readily available, accompanied by a supportive customer service.
Rated highly for reliability and print quality and coupled with a variety of filament options, the Creator Pro is a bargain for intermediates and professionals looking for a printer to tinker with that won’t quit.
Very good print quality
PRINTER TYPE FDM
MATERIAL ABS, PLA, PVA
BUILD VOLUME 22.5 x 14.5 x 15 cm
MIN LAYER HEIGHT 100 microns
MAX LAYER HEIGHT 500 microns
EXTRUDER HEAD 2
XY PRECISION 11 microns
PRINTING SPEED 40-100 mm/s
OPEN SOURCE Hardware & software
CAN YOU USE 3RD PARTY MATERIAL? Yes
HEATED PLATFORM Yes
FILAMENT DIAMETER 1.75
ON-PRINTER CONTROLS Yes
CONNECTIVITY USB, SD card
Do you or would you like to own a 3D printer? Please leave me a comment or question in the box below and I will be happy to reply. Thanks for reading my post.