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Best 3D Printers UK 2017

Written by  Nov 08, 2017

3D Printing has come a long way in recent times “rapid prototyping” has gone from experimental to mainstream, which has spawned a whole industry.

The UK has many 3d printers to choose from, here is a list of the best ones from this year.

The listings are starting in price order, starting with the least expensive.

Anet A8
Anet A8

While this Prusa i3 clone is the cheapest of the 3d printer kits listed, it has a whole community behind it and it has the capability to create surprisingly good output if you build it right and spend some time on it.

 

It is supplied as acrylic, but free instructions are available to upgrade it to a metal frame using off the shelf aluminium extrusion, that takes it to a whole more solid level. The base kit is great though, and is well-suited to people wanting to check out the potential of the 3D printing world.

Available from Amazon.co.uk for around £175. 

Creality CR-10
Creality CR-10

Still considered a low end 3D printer, this machine has an amazing 300mm x 300mm build plate.

Output quality is excellent with the correct settings, it has reliability only beaten by machines double the price, and even more convenient, it comes almost fully assembled. In no time you can be up and printing to a high quality level.

You can buy the Creality CR-10 from Amazon.co.uk for just over £400. 

Lulzbot Taz 6
Lulzbot Taz 6

If you need a larger build area but still have responsive support, then we would strongly suggest the Prusa from the Lulzbot family. These machines are rock solid, industrial strength workhorses. While they don’t have the fine details of the Prusa, they will keep on going all day no matter how much you throw at it.

You even have the option of the “Moarstruder” to print big, beefy layers in a fraction of the time.

The Taz 6 is around £2,395 from Amazon.

Ultimaker 3
ultimaker-3-dual-extrusion

At the higher level of 3d printers, this machine is far from cheap, but premium quality and convenience to match.

The Ultimaker 3 standard software is excellent and you when you use all the Ultimaker capabilities and get the benefit of their end-to-end ecosystem, you will appreciate the difference. They provide hardware, software, and materials that all work together to make a “it just works” experience. Even the filament has tech – Ultimaker branded filaments have NFC tags that speak to the printer to tell it which materials you are using to make it totally foolproof.

Just like Lulzbot, you can easily swap and change hot-ends, plus this printer comes complete with dual extruders so you can have two colours, or have one dedicated to dissolvable support material.

Quality of output is as you would you expect from a high quality printer, because of the way the mechanical aspects are organised (the bed only moves in the Z axis, and the extruders are fixed to the machine rather than the X carriage), and the fact Ultimaker designed the machine from the ground-up rather than picking off the shelf parts.

The Ultimaker 3  is available at Amazon for £3,200.  

Conclusion

If you are delving into the 3D printing world and want a budget printer try the Anet A8, if you have a need for a bigger buld area then buy the CR-10. The Prusa is the world’s best general purpose 3d printer offering high quality printing at a price of course. But if you are looking for the best and money is no object then the Ultimaker 3, offers convenience and truly superior printing capabilities.

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