3D Printers

3D Printers - Find the Best 3D Printer for You

At MatterHackers, we have tested and approved the best 3D printers available for your specific need. What type of 3D printer should you buy? Whether you're looking for a reliable 3D printer for your business for rapid prototyping, or an educator looking to advance the way your students learn, MatterHackers can find the best 3D printer to fit your requirements. Our wide selection of the best 3D printers paired with our staff's expert-level knowledge ensures that your additive manufacturing experience will be a success the first time around. We want you to have the best 3D printing experience for your use-case - let us help you find the best 3D printer. 

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What is 3D Printing?
3D printing is a process where physical, three-dimensional objects are made layer-by-layer from a digital file.

What Types of 3D printing are there?

  • Fused Deposition Molding (FDM)
  • Stereolithography (SLA)

What is the Best 3D Printer of 2021?
Finding the best 3D printer entirely depends on what you want to make with your 3D printer, and of course, your budget.

3D Printers - Find the Best 3D Printer for You
Expert Picks - 3D Printers
Expert Picks - 3D Printers
Our top selections and best selling 3D printers at MatterHackers
FDM 3D Printers
FDM 3D Printers
3D Printers that utilize plastic filament to produce 3D printed parts
SLA/DLP/LCD Resin 3D Printers
SLA/DLP/LCD Resin 3D Printers
3D resin printers that can print in extremely high resolution.
3D Printer Bundles
3D Printer Bundles
Complete 3D printing packages to suit your needs
Peopoly Resin 3D Printers
Peopoly Resin 3D Printers
Affordable, High-Resolution SLA Printers
Anycubic 3D Printers
Anycubic 3D Printers
Explore Anycubic's Photon line of affordable resin 3D printers.
Ultimaker 3D Printers
Ultimaker 3D Printers
Fine-tuned, reliable line of 3D printers to fit any digital fabrication need.
BCN3D Independent Dual Extrusion 3D Printers
BCN3D 3D Printers
Accurate & Reliable IDEX 3D Printers
Raise3D Products: 3D Printers, Nozzles, Filament and Parts
Raise3D 3D Printers
All Raise3D products: 3D printers, nozzles, filament, parts, etc
Modix3D Printers
Modix3D Giant 3D Printers
All Modix3D Products: 3D Printers, Enclosures, and add-ons
LulzBot 3D Printers and Accessories
LulzBot 3D Printers and Accessories
Open-Source, Robust 3D Printers
Intamsys 3D Printers
Intamsys 3D Printers
3D Printers capable of printing high-performance functional materials.
Industrial 3D Printers
Industrial 3D Printers
3D printers made to tackle industrial & commercial advanced materials.
Advanced Material 3D Printers
Advanced Material 3D Printers
3D printers configured to use advanced materials in additive manufacturing.
Engineering-Grade 3D Printers
Engineering-Grade 3D Printers
Advanced material 3D printers made for precision and reliability.
High Temperature 3D Printers
High Temperature 3D Printers
High Temperature 3D printers designed to print with advanced materials.
ZMorph 3D Printers
ZMorph 3D Printers
View ZMorph's indsutrial and all-in-one 3D printers.
3D Printers For Educators & the Classroom
3D Printers For Educators & the Classroom
User-friendly 3D printers for any grade level.
Pulse 3D Printer
Pulse Custom 3D Printers
Fully Customizable, Tested & Guaranteed 3D Printers
Zortrax 3D Printers
Zortrax 3D Printers
Precision printers designed for rapid prototyping and hobby 3D printing.
Fully Assembled
Fully Assembled 3D Printers
Ready To Go, Out of the Box 3D Printers
MakerBot 3D Printers
MakerBot
High-performance, reliable, tinker-free 3D Printers
MakerGear 3D Printers
MakerGear 3D Printers
Precise, Compact 3D Printers
Refurbished 3D Printers and Machines
Refurbished Machines
Certified, Reconditioned 3D Printers and Machines from Top Brands.
CraftBot 3D Printers and Accessories
CraftBot 3D Printers
Stately, dependable 3D printers and their replacement parts and accessories.
Creality3D 3D Printers and Accessories
Creality3D 3D Printers
Highly upgradable 3D printers for the hacker in all of us
Dremel DigiLab 3D Printers & Machines
Dremel 3D Printers
Dremel DigiLab 3D Printers and the LC40 Laser Cutter
Dual Extrusion 3D Printers
Dual Extrusion 3D Printers
3D printers capable of printing with two materials at once for expanded design possibilities.
FlashForge 3D Printers
FlashForge 3D Printers
Print straight from the box with these cost-effective 3D printers.
Monoprice 3D Printers
Monoprice 3D Printers
Affordable machines for beginning 3D printing needs.
Uniz 3D Printers
Uniz 3D SLA Resin Printers
High-resolution 3D printers specialized for dental and jewelry.
Clearance Items - Machines
Clearance Items - Machines
3D Printers, Laser Cutters and CNC Machines and more.
Phrozen 3D Printers
Phrozen3D
Precise, user-friendly, and cost-effective resin 3D Printers
Elegoo MSLA 3D Resin Printers
Elegoo 3D Printers
Elegoo MSLA 3D Resin Printers

About 3D Printers

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, which is also known as additive manufacturing, is a process where physical, three-dimensional objects, parts, or models are made layer-by-layer from Computer-Aided Design, or CAD, and digital files.

What Types of 3D printing are there?

There are two main types of 3D printing: 

  • Fused Deposition Molding (FDM)
  • Stereolithography (SLA)

FDM 3D printing is also known as fused filament fabrication (FFF 3D printing), and it is the process where thermoplastic 3D printing filament is extruded through a heated nozzle that melts the plastic, allowing it to follow the path of your digital file layer-by-layer until your object is complete. 

SLA 3D printing is the process where liquid resins are cured or hardened layer-by-layer using a laser, LCD screen, or digital light projector. Once an SLA printed part is complete, it must be post-processed in UV light. 

What is the Best 3D Printer?

There are hundreds of 3D printers to choose from - which one is the best? Finding the best 3D printer entirely depends on what you want to make with your 3D printer, and of course, your budget. Do you want to 3D print big parts or small parts? Do you need to print strong, functional parts, or are you more interested in making models that won't need to be strong? Do your 3D printed parts need to be as clean and detailed as possible, or do you need them to just be functional with little detail? Every 3D printer has different characteristics that will determine which is the best 3D printer for you. If you need help deciding on which 3D printer is the best, contact sales@matterhackers.com and we can help walk you through the hundreds of options available at MatterHackers. 

How Much Does a 3D Printer Cost?

A desktop 3D printer costs anywhere from $165 to $12,500. 3D Printing has become more accessible over the years as more options have become available in a wide price range. 

Is 3D printing hard?

No, 3D printing is easy to do! With the right tools and guidance from the experts at MatterHackers, you can learn to 3D print easily. Check out our article on the Top Ten Tips When Getting Started With 3D Printing and you'll be on your way to 3D printing like a pro in no time. 

Is 3D printer filament expensive?

No, 3D printer filament is not expensive. You can find base materials like PLA, ABS, and PETG for as low as $15.68 per 1kg spool, like our MH Build Series filament.

You can even print with real stainless steel metal on any desktop 3D printer for as low as $129 per 1kg spool, which in the world of metal manufacturing is an incredible rate that is much more efficient than traditional metal machining methods.

More advanced materials can be a little steeper in price based on the materials that they are made from, but all-in-all 3D printing is an incredibly cost-friendly way to create custom parts and products. You can browse all 3D printer filament here

Is 3D Printer Resin Expensive?

No, 3D printer resin is not expensive. You can find 3D Printer resin for as low as $15.97 per 500g bag, like our MH Build Series Resin

Premium resins that are made for specific applications can be a little more expensive than average model resins. However, 3D printing is still a more affordable way to manufacture parts or create models when compared to traditional methods. You can browse all 3D printer resins here

What Can a 3D Printer Make?

You can make nearly anything with a 3D printer. Many industries use 3D printers for rapid prototyping, manufacturing functional end-use parts for products, or even custom jigs and fixtures. 3D printers can also be used in the home for creating fun items, things that break around the house, or even cookie cutters. With 3D printing, the sky is the limit! 

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