Jake Banks | 24 Oct 2018

Cost effective 3D printers3D printers really are the dreams of the future. A device, against all expectations, that can print objects from seemingly thin air, exactly as you design them in computer software. The possibilities seem limitless, and potential to save money endless. Why bother going out and buying something, when you can simply print it up in your home with nothing more than the press of a button?

The only real issue is that, despite being incredible, 3D printers are extremely expensive. Right? In order to afford one, you would have to land a jackpot or two at an online casino, and only then could you start eyeing out 3d printer technology.

It turns out that this isn’t necessarily the case. 3D printer prices have been gradually getting cheaper, making them ever more within the grasp of the average household. Lets take a look at some of the cheapest.

iNSTONE Desktop DIY 3D Printer

The cheapest of the cheap 3D printers is this one right here. The first thing you’ll need to know about 3D printers, though, is that the price is drastically determined by the size of the objects the printer is capable of creating. In the case of the iNSTONE Desktop, this is 130mm, by 150mm, by 100mm. In the world of 3D printing, at least in a household regard, this is pretty good, although still rather limited in comparison to other models.

The catch is that the device is shipped in parts, and must be assembled by hand. So, be prepared to put in a little elbow grease before you get printing. The upside is that at a cost of a little over $100, just about anyone can afford to have a 3D printer of their very own. Naturally, it also comes with necessary software, has a built in mini-LCD display and a number of other handy little assembly items.

Da Vinci Mini

On the other hand, if you want something already assembled, but still at a very reasonable price, turn your attention to the Da Vinci. It has a printing size of a much more diverse 150mm, by 150mm, by 150mm. So, compared to the iNSTONE model above, you are able to drastically broaden the range of objects that can be designed and created.

The Da Vinci Mini costs around $189, and likewise comes with its own software. It doesn’t come with any assembly tools like the iNSTONE, of course, but only because it arrives already assembled.

Select MiniCheap yet reliable 3D printers

Stepping up in price to $220 we have the Select Mini made by Monoprice. Interestingly, it has a much more limited printing size of just 120mm, by 120mm, by 120mm. So what justifies it having a higher price? The Select Mini has a heated printing tray, which is a big deal in the world of 3D printing. The heated tray allows for a wider range of printing materials to be used, although this may not matter much to the average user.

Discoeasy 200

Next we have the Discoeasy 200, from French creators Dagoma, for those who are willing to shell out a bit more, but take a big step up in the 3D printing world. The printing size here jumps up significantly to 200mm, by 200mm, by 200mm, which is already a massive advantage. With ease of use in mind, the Discoeasy is worth the extra cash, allowing just about anyone to quickly and easily make up designs, and print them at the touch of a single button.

Be prepared to pay $299 for the DIY kit, or $399 for one that is already assembled.


Last we have a big boy, for those that are really willing to pay the extra cash for added benefits. Created by BQ, Hephestos is on another level to the previously mentioned 3D printers. It can work with wood, bronze and even copper within a broad printing space of 212mm, by 210mm, by 180mm. Most interesting of all is that the software is open source, which allows users who are experienced to tinker as they see fit.

For a next level device such as this, however, you’ll have to really dig deep and find around $580 to part with. The device will even still need to be assembled, which will take an estimated 3 hours of time.