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3D printer holiday gift guide 2018

What 3D printer to buy for Christmas?

Choosing the right gift to get for the holidays can be a tough task. The good thing with 3D printers is that they can make a lot of different people happy: creative people, tinkerers, DIYers, designers, tech enthusiasts, geeks…

  • 3D printer kits (delivered in parts to be assembled) are great as a “DIY project gift” for those who like to build things and understand how they work. Even if it can be challenging, 3D printer kits can be assembled by beginners or advanced users and are very fulfilling to build and operate.
  • Plug-and-play 3D printers come fully assembled and ready to 3D print right out of the box. They require less patience and technical skills. Thousands of decorations, toys and other useful objects can be 3D printed with the press of a button. 3D printers we’ve selected are designed for beginners and focus on ease-of-use and safety.

Note: as fun as they might seem, 3D printers aren’t exactly suitable for kids, as these machines can potentially be harmful (extruders reach high temperatures!) and always require adult supervision. Other options exist, like 3D printing pens. To make it easier, we’ve prepared below a special selection of 3D printing-related products suitable for children.  

For creatives and beginners: plug-n-play 3D printers

  • Metascore: 3.6/5
  • Price: $159
  • Build volume: 110 x 110 x 120 mm
  • Features: heated build plate, auto calibration
  • Full specs

Monoprice Delta Mini ($159)

The Mini Delta is one of the cheapest desktop 3D printers on the market. It offers an incredible value, delivered fully assembled and packed with features making it easy to use. Definitely a great way to start 3D printing at home!

 

  • Metascore: 3.5/5
  • Price: $179
  • Build volume: 150 x 150 x 150 mm
  • Features: auto leveling, Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Full specs

 

XYZprinting da Vinci Mini Wireless ($179)

The da Vinci Mini Wireless is the latest version of the top-selling da Vinci Mini series 3D printers. With its sleek design, Wi-Fi connectivity and intuitive 3D software, this compact plug-n-play 3D printer is bound to be a hit for the Holidays season.

 

  • Metascore: 4.2/5
  • Price: $299
  • Build volume: 140 x 140 x 140 mm
  • Features: assisted leveling, Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Full specs

FlashForge Finder ($299)

The FlashForge Finder is a well-know 3D printer, which has built a solid reputation as a great entry-level 3D printer among the community. Its slide-in build plate and sturdy design make go-to 3D printer suitable for beginners and more advanced users alike.

  • Metascore: 4.0/5
  • Price: $599
  • Build volume: 230 x 150 x 140 mm
  • Features: fully enclosed, full color touchscreen
  • Full specs

Dremel Digilab 3D20 ($599)

For those looking for a powerful, reliable and easy-to-use 3D printer, the Dremel Digilab 3D20 is a great choice. It is fully enclosed and comes ready to print. The price drop from its usual $999 price tag is a great bargain: don’t miss it!

For DIYers and tinkerers: 3D printer kits (to be assembled)

  • Metascore: 3.9/5
  • Price: $219
  • Build volume: 180 ø x 300 mm (z-axis)
  • Features: heated print bed, auto bed leveling
  • Full specs

FLSUN Delta Kossel ($219)

The FLSUN’s Delta Kossel is another favorite among budget 3D printer kits. This delta 3D printer boasts several features such as auto bed leveling, heated print bed and a neat double fan system. It has gained popularity in the 3D printing community and is a very good fit for tinkerers and experienced 3D printer users.

  • Metascore: 4.4/5
  • Price: $229
  • Build volume: 220 x 220 x 250 mm
  • Features: heated print bed
  • Full specs

Creality Ender 3 ($229)

The Ender 3 is one of the top-rated budget 3D printer kits on the market. It is fairly easy to assemble (about 2 hours for experienced makers). Its sturdy design, heated print bed and resume print function make it an attractive option if you’re looking for a 3D printer to be assembled. 

  • Metascore: 4.2/5
  • Price: $439
  • Build volume: 300 x 300 x 400 mm
  • Features: heated print bed, easy assembly
  • Full specs

Creality CR-10 ($439)

With its large build volume, heated print bed and high-quality build, the CR-10 became one of the top-selling 3D printers in 2018. It is easy to assemble and calibrate, and will deliver great prints in no time.

For kids and teens: 3D printing gift ideas

Although some 3D printers are advertised as designed specifically for kids, we believe that operating a 3D printer should always be done under adult close supervision. Indeed, 3D printing is a relatively complex technology and no matter how simple some 3D printers may look, they still bear hot components and fragile electronics. As far as we’re concerned, there’s no such thing as a 3D printer for kids on the market yet. There are, however, other toys and 3D printing-related gadgets which can be great to introduce kids and children of all ages to additive fabrication. Here’s our selection!

  • Age: 5+
  • Price: $29.99
  • Rating: 3.5/5

The 3D Maker solidifies drawings made from a special 3D Magic gel. Creativity is a bit limited though, as it is only possible to create flat drawings or use moulds for real three-dimensional shapes. Users have given the 3D Maker a 3.5/5 rating on Amazon.

  • Age: 8+
  • Price: $49.99
  • Rating: 3.8/5

3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set for Kids – $49.99

This 3D pen allows kids to draw objects in 3D: children and adults can create actual objects in colors, it’s really drawing in three dimensions! This full set is child-safe and a great learning gift to inspire creativity.

  • Age: 14+
  • Price: $830

This 3D printer comes as a construction set and is perfect to learn the basics of 3D printing and understand how a 3D printer workers. This 3D printer is made of small parts and needs to be assembled, it is suitable for teenagers.

Toy Maker app
  • Age: 5+
  • Price: free

Toy Maker is a mobile app that can turn your 3D Printer into a toy maker. In the app, you can find over 330 3D models of toys to print on your 3D printer. The perfect 3D printing project for the Holidays!

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