Best 3D Printers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 7, 2017
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PROS
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OUR VERDICT
Functionality
Speed and accuracy
Usability
 
PROS

Integration of 3D scanner provides advanced functionality, great convenience and standalone operation for this 3D printer. The large printing chamber helps you unleash your creativity potential.

CONS

Despite high printing precision, the auto-level function of the device only seems to remedy the printing raft, not the printer build plate itself. That, in combination with no manual leveling function, is detrimental for the resulting precision in case of uneven surface, on which the printer is stood.

OUR VERDICT

This 3D printer has a great overall performance and functionality on par with other high-class peers and even surpassing them in some aspects, first due to the simplicity of operation.

detailed parameters
Functionality
Print area-up to 203 x 152 x 144.7 mm (or 4,526 cubic cm in volume). Can use 1.75-mm PLA filament, and PETG and wood composite PLA
Speed and accuracy
Prints layers up to a maximum resolution of 80 microns at 40 mm/s minimum and 160 mm/s maximum speeds
Usability
3D scanner, 7" color touchscreen control; printing, copying, scanning of parts without the external PC; USB, cloud connection. Operating systems supported: Windows, Mac OS and Linux
PROS
The heated bed of the built platform ensures the uniform cooling of the elements of the manufactured models thus avoiding their distortion.
CONS
If you decide to perform the printing at the temperatures higher or lower than those specified by manufacturer, you will have to update the printer firmware as it imposes the operating temperature limits.
OUR VERDICT
The printer design provides a wide range of compatible printing materials (more than 15), which opens big possibilities for implementing your creative ideas. This model allows connecting to the majority of modern PCs.
detailed parameters
Functionality
Print area-up to 203 x 228 x 254 mm. Can use 1.75 mm ABS, PLA, t-glase, laywood, HIPS (high-impact polystyrene) and some other flexible raw materials
Speed and accuracy
Prints layers at the resolution of up to 100 microns. Layer thickness ranges between 0.1 and 0.4 mm. Printing speed is 50 mm/s
Usability
This model is compatible with Mac OS and Windows-based systems. You can operate the printer from your desktop system via the USB cable or print from an SD card.
PROS

This 3D printer was manufactured as all-in-one solution with integrated scanner, vast editing capabilities and flexibility in fabricating parameters adjustment.

CONS

The scanner capabilities and performance are not on par with those of the printing unit. The proprietary software supplied with the product needs polishing.

OUR VERDICT

This home 3D printer is a comprehensive solution that provides a lot of features, convenience and simplicity paired with decent performance for an entry-level device.

detailed parameters
Functionality
Print area-up to 200 x 200 x 190 mm. Can use 1.75 ABS, PLA
Speed and accuracy
The da Vinci 1.0 3D printer system has four printing modes (Fine, Standard, Speed, Ultra fast), which range from 0.1 mm to 0.4 mm. Maximum printing speed is up to 150 mm/s.
Usability
3D scanner, color touchscreen control; XYZscan software compatibility: Windows ,Mac OSX
PROS

This 3D printer has a rugged, sturdy structure and reliable design and components, which ensure the carrying of extended loads while maintaining high-quality fabrication.

CONS

Being able to print based on the data from SD card or received over USB-interface, this printer lacks an integrated laser scanner for providing a complete standalone operation.

OUR VERDICT

This 3D printer has all the basic functionality and was designed with reliability in mind. Such combination of features and quality is excellent for the printer price.

detailed parameters
Functionality
Print area-up to 225 x 145 x 150 mm. Can use 1.75 ABS, PLA
Speed and accuracy
The print speed is in the 40-100 mm/s range. Layering precision - 0.1~0.3 mm
Usability
Sturdy design with enforced internals. Dual extruder. Operating systems supported: Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. Print from SD card or over USB
PROS
You can fabricate your first 3D model right after the printer unpacking as the supply package contains 2.2 lbs of 1.75 mm PLA filament.
CONS
In some printing scenarios and at some fabrication stages the layer thickness is reported to go as low as 0.05 mm.
OUR VERDICT
This 3rd generation desktop 3D printer stands out for its excellent combination of features, printing speed, build quality and price. This model is a perfect choice for the usage in schools and other rooms with no PC at hand.
detailed parameters
Functionality
Print area-up to 203 x 254 x 203 mm. Can use ABS, PLA, PET, Flexible and other materials
Speed and accuracy
Has a printing resolution ranging from 50 to 300 microns. Layer thickness: 0.1 - 0.3 mm. Typical print speeds: 80 - 200 mm/s
Usability
Supports printing from an SD card or over the USB port. Simplify3D™ Software (sold separately) and Open source software support Windows, Linux, Mac OS

What is a 3D Printer

3D printers are the devices that use the layer-by-layer printing method to create physical objects based on digital models. These objects can have practically any shape and geometry. In essence, the printers are peripherals relating to one of the types of industrial robots. Nowadays they are used not only in production sphere, but also at home: after all, when you grasp the scope of possibilities a 3D printer can offer, you'll find it can help you bring your most daring fantasies to life. You can't underestimate the convenience of a device like that. In our today's review, we will talk about how to choose a 3D printer. These devices become more widespread and, which is even more important, more affordable.

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What Features to Compare

When choosing a printer you should pay attention to one of its basic parameters, such as Functionality, the parameter covers the specifications of print area (area of resulting object forming) and the material, which the printer utilizes. When choosing the printer according to this parameter you should take your requirements as a point of departure. To be sure, the larger print area provides more opportunities for creativity.

3D printer does not print the whole object instantly. As a rule the printing of an object takes from a few hours to a couple of days, and when printing the big projects - weeks. Therefore, the parameter that characterizes the thickness of material a printer can lay on a detail in one pass is very important. However, one should remember that the print Speed and accuracy (mm of the material a printer layers in one second) might affect the accuracy of printing. To characterize a printer in a most accurate way the Speed and accuracy needs to be summarized and one should stick to happy mean. The optimal speed of material layering a 3D printer system should maintain while esnuring the highest quality is 0.2 mm/second.

Not every 3D printer can be called easy-to-operate. For the most part, the wider capabilities the 3D printer has the bigger the number of the corresponding settings is, though at the same time the more complicated the software may be. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate properly such parameter as Usability. There are printers that can be run with a single mouse click. For example, some printers are equipped with a display that enables them to work in a standalone mode.

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AIO Robotics Zeus

Functionality

ZEUS 3D printer fabricates parts using such various raw materials as 1.75-mm PLA, PETG, wood composite PLA. Having a big print chamber, this model is capable of producing many objects ranging from tiny people or comic book characters figures to truck or plane scaled miniatures. In addition, the printer’s functionality allows for basic scaling of the objects scanned with a built-in scanner.

Review of AIO Robotics Zeus

Speed and accuracy

Considering the integration of a fully functional 3D scanner with this 3D printer system, the total time required for the whole printing cycle is greatly reduced in comparison with conventional models owing to fully automatic and quick scanning. ZEUS 3D printer system prints layers up to a maximum resolution of 80 microns at 40 mm/s minimum and 160 mm/s maximum speeds.

AIO Robotics Zeus in the use

Usability

In addition to impressive technical specification, this 3D printer model has great usability. Thanks to its comprehensive design that includes a 3D scanner, ZEUS offers maximum convenience and simplicity allowing for performing the full reproduction of an object in just several mouse clicks. Even more, the 7" colour touchscreen allows you to schedule and control the fully automated procedures of printing, copying, scanning of parts without the use of an external PC.

Detailed review of AIO Robotics Zeus

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AIO Robotics Zeus
AIO Robotics Zeus
 

ROBO 3D R1 Plus Fully Assembled

Functionality

Despite its compact size, the ROBO 3D printer is capable of printing the objects of up to 203 x 228 x 254 mm size from a wide range of materials, including the ABS, PLA, Carbon Fiber PLA plastic materials, Nylon, Rubber (Ninjaflex semiflexed only), HIPS and others. The practically unlimited possibilities this 3D printer offers are ensured not only by the use of a metal hot end that supports a wide range of printing materials but by the printer's sturdy design and linear motion of its parts.
Review of ROBO 3D R1 Plus Fully Assembled

Speed and accuracy

3D ROBO printer performs the printing with a maximum resolution of 100 microns - this layer thickness is good enough for producing high-quality details. Such a thin layer provides more subtle transitions between the layers, which means that you will get a smoother model surface and clearer fine details. This 3D printer model is equipped with a 0.4 mm diameter nozzle, which is the optimum hole diameter for plastic and other flexible materials used today for 3D printing with regard to their consistency and fluidity.
ROBO 3D R1 Plus Fully Assembled in the use

Usability

This 3D printer can be operated from the most popular modern operating systems such as Mac OS and Windows, which ensures its compatibility with the majority of modern PCs/laptops. ROBO 3D R1 printer comes with a micro USB port that allows connecting it to your PC using the cable. In addition to the USB port, this 3D printer has an SD card reader onboard that provides the standalone functionality when working with .STL and .GCODE files stored on an SD card. Starting the work with ROBO 3D printer is quick and effortless with the bundled ROBO 3D software owing to its intuitive interface and well-thought-out design.
Detailed review of ROBO 3D R1 Plus Fully Assembled

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ROBO 3D R1 Plus Fully Assembled
ROBO 3D R1 Plus Fully Assembled
 

XYZprinting 3S10AXUS00C

Functionality

This home 3D printer has a turntable with a maximum payload of 3 kg. The manufacturer recommends using the 1.75 mm ABS/PLA as printing materials. This all-in-one 3D printer can easily replicate almost any object from a miniature bust to a plastic duck toy allowing for an object scale up with the help of a bundled software.

Review of XYZprinting 3S10AXUS00C

Speed and accuracy

The da Vinci 1.0 3D printer system has four printing modes (Fine, Standard, Speed, Ultra fast), which range from 0.1 mm (100 microns) to 0.4 mm (400 microns) in resolution. The manufacturer provided no data as to actual printing speed for each mode for this model, the maximum printing speed specified is up to 150 mm/s.

XYZprinting 3S10AXUS00C in the use

Usability

Combined functionality of 3D printer and 3D scanner as well as compatibility with Windows OS and Mac make this unit an attractive option for most users. The software paired with the printer allows users to view an estimated build time. After an .stl file is uploaded to the 3D printer, the software computes the time, required for printing. The LCD screen also displays the total build time and the time elapsed throughout the build.

Detailed review of XYZprinting 3S10AXUS00C

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XYZprinting 3S10AXUS00C
XYZprinting 3S10AXUS00C
 

FlashForge Creator Pro

Functionality

This 3D printer has an effectively sealed enclosure for building the objects using a 1.75 mm ABS, PLA. The device is capable of printing in adjustable thickness layers and uses a dual extruder to fabricate the parts with more flexibility, i.e. using different thickness of layering for each extruder or a different nozzle.

Review of FlashForge Creator Pro

Speed and accuracy

This is arguably the best 3D printer in terms of durability that supports the 40-100 mm/s range of printing speeds. While maintaining such a high speed, this model provides the accuracy sufficient for the majority of applications. Considering its sturdy and well thought design, this 3D printer ensures reliable operation at a high speed.

FlashForge Creator Pro in the use

Usability

This 3D printer offers standard usability with its operation via PC using ReplicatorG, MakerWare proprietary software. The manufacturer focuses on reliability using a sturdy design with enforced internals. A double extruder in desktop 3D printers allows users to use composite materials (more to come).

Detailed review of FlashForge Creator Pro

Additional Info

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Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer
FlashForge Creator Pro
FlashForge Creator Pro
 

MakerGear M2 Desktop

Functionality

MakerGear M2 Desktop 3D Printer ensures a high-quality and multi-functional three-dimensional printing with the printer positioned right on your desktop. Owing to its spacious build area of 203 x 254 x 203 mm is ideal for consumer goods prototyping. This 3D printer offers the support of a number of different materials for three-dimensional printing, including the ABS, PLA, PET materials. The 3D printer is delivered in a ready-to-use condition, and not as a DIY kit for the assembly, which greatly simplifies its operation.
Review of MakerGear M2 Desktop

Speed and accuracy

This MakerGear desktop 3D printer offers its user a high printing resolution in the range from 50 to 300 microns. Thus, you can get a smooth layer texture and build small parts with delicate structure. This 3D printer model fabricates the objects with the layer thickness of 0.1 - 0.3 mm. Such layer thickness paired with the use of high-precision parts of the printer allows you to create the finest realistic models of the required configuration while offering the speed/accuracy selection flexibility.
MakerGear M2 Desktop in the use

Usability

The printer provides the control from a desktop PC or a notebook via the USB cable (included) with a standard G-code numerical control commands or using a file in a special format that is stored on the SD memory card (also included). Thus, the 3D printer is capable of standalone operation, which is very convenient if there is no PC/notebook at hand. Also, the MakerGear M2 Desktop 3D Printer is compatible with the widely used 3D printer software suites (including the open source and proprietary shareware).
Detailed review of MakerGear M2 Desktop

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MakerGear M2 Desktop
 
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Publish Date: 2017-08-31 12:43:05