Budget 3D printing

Ever since the consumer 3D printing boom of the early to mid-2010s, entry-level FFF 3D printers have become cheaper and cheaper as more hardware manufacturers have entered the market. Ten years ago, machines like the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic were considered ultra-affordable at under $1,500; today, one can buy a machine with similar specs for well under $500.

Printing quality and reliability fall short compared with mid-range or high-end machines, but some budget 3D printers, some of which cost $300 or less, can offer surprisingly advanced features like heated print beds or dual extruders.

Source: Prusa Research

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