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Best 3D Printers 2019

11th July 2019

3D printing has taken off in the last few years. with printing technology developing enough to be affordable for the average consumer. No longer just for professional use, you can now buy a 3D printer that sits nicely on a desk or table. So, whether you're looking for a high volume professional printer or something for beginners, there are various 3D printer options available.

What to look for in a 3D printer

Buying a 3D printer isn't easy, due to the diverse range available. With various use cases for each, they can range from just under £100 to thousands. You'll also need to consider which type of printer you need, as 3D printers use different technologies for producing physical materials. The three most common types of 3D printers are:

1. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

FDM is the most affordable, common and widely available type of 3D printer. FDM printers use an additive process where the model is created by heating and extruding plastic, piecing this together layer by layer.

2. Stereolithography

Stereolithography is also an additive process except it uses an ultraviolet light to harden photosensitive liquid to create the model. This creates a higher quality printout.

3. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Selective Laser Sintering uses a laser and powders to create models. The laser melts the powder to create layers of printed material. This means some models can print metal objects, which isn't possible with FDM and Stereolithography.

The further up the price bracket you go, the greater the volume of printing you can expect with more sophisticated technology. Our list of the best 3D printers in 2019 covers a range of uses.

Flashforge Adventurer 3

Features:
  • 150x150x150mm build area
  • Flashprint software
  • 1.75mm filament size
  • 0.1-0.4mm layer thickness
  • 0.4mm nozzle diameter
  • Colour touchscreen
  • Wifi
The minimalist design of the Flashforge Adventurer 3 makes it perfect for the home office of the budding 3D printer enthusiast. Despite its less-is-more looks, the Adventurer 3 packs some fantastic features. The printer is fully enclosed with a decent build area of 150x150x150mm and can print various materials, such as PLA, ABS, Wood and HIPS. With quiet printing and a touch screen display, this is a great budget 3D printer home use.

Flashforge Inventor II

Features:
  • 150x140x140mm build area
  • Flashprint 3D printing software
  • Touchscreen
  • 0.05-0.4mm layer thickness
  • Enclosed print area
3D printer enthusiasts looking to print in two different colours should get the Flashforge Creator Pro thanks to its brilliant dual extruder print head. The enclosed space offers a decent-sized build area with an ability to print in a variety of materials, such as PLA, ABS, WoodFill, T-Glass and more. The Creator Pro can be fully assembled in just 30 minutes and its user friendly design is perfect for both beginners and professionals.

Flashforge Creator Pro

Features:
  • 227x150x148 build area
  • Flashprint software
  • 1.75mm filament size
  • 0.1-0.5mm layer thickness
  • 0.4mm nozzle diameter
  • Dual Extruder
3D printer enthusiasts looking to print in two different colours should get the Flashforge Creator Pro thanks to its brilliant dual extruder print head. The enclosed space offers a decent-sized build area with an ability to print in a variety of materials, such as PLA, ABS, WoodFill, T-Glass and more. The Creator Pro can be fully assembled in just 30 minutes and its user friendly design is perfect for both beginners and professionals.

Flashforge Guider II

Features:
  • 280x250x300mm build area
  • Flashprint 3D printing software
  • 1.75mm filament size
  • 0.1-0.4mm layer thickness
  • 0.4mm nozzle diameter
  • Colour touchscreen
If you're looking for a large-sized professional desktop 3D printer, the Guider II offers fantastic features for home or office use. The 5-inch touch screen is highly ergonomic, user-friendly and has multiple languages built-in. The build volume is 68% larger than its predecessor and can adapt to different sizes depending on the requirements of your project. Even if there is an accidental loss of power, the Guider II will resume printing the model once power has returned. 

Flashforge Dreamer

Features:
  • 230x150x140mm build area
  • Flashprint software
  • 1.75mm filament size
  • 0.4mm nozzle diameter
  • Dual Extruder
The Flashforge Dreamer boasts an intelligent temperature controlling system within its enclosed body to ensure the printer meets the temperatures required for each filament. The Dreamer supports dual-colour and dual materials, giving you plenty of choice for printing, with a cooling fan to improve quality. With multiple connectivity options and a touchscreen interface, the user-friendly Dreamer will help you complete the projects of your dreams.

Ultimaker 3

Features:
  • 215x215x200mm build area
  • Heated bed
  • Cura 3D printing software
  • LCD screen
  • 0.02-0.2mm layer thickness
  • Swappable print cores
If you're looking for a high-end 3D printer that can do it all, the Ultimaker 3 is the one for you. With a dual extrusion that allows for water soluble PVA support structures, you have the complete design freedom to create a 3D print in any shape you wish. The excellent, automated bed levelling ensures a balanced print happens with every job. With a built-in camera to monitor the printing process, you can ensure your print is exactly how you want it. The Ultimaker 3 comes with a high price tag but for quality 3D prints, it's well worth the money.

CREALITY CR-10S5

Features:
  • 500x500x500mm build area
  • Cura software
  • 1.75mm filament size
  • 0.1-0.4mm layer thickness
  • 0.4mm nozzle diameter
  • LCD screen
For the sheer size of its build area, the Creality CR-10S5 is the biggest you'll find on Box. With a huge 500x500x500mm, this is an ideal printer for businesses who need to print one large piece instead of lots of smaller pieces. It's also quick to assemble as it comes almost fully built. Your imagination can go wild with the large printing space and the many materials it can print, such as ABS, Wood and Carbon Fibre Filament.

At Box, we have a large selection of 3D printers available for a variety of uses and price ranges. Browse our range of 3D printers and find your perfect printer today.
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