- Fokoos Odin 5 F-3 – This is by far my favorite 3D printer I have used to date. It just makes 3d printing fun and hassle free. It has silent boards, which means the machine is silent when it prints. Well almost silent, the fans are the only thing you hear. But besides that, it offers dual z axis for controlled stability, ribbon cables that go behind the gantries with no concern for any hang-ups, a direct drive motor and a fully color touch screen. I really love the direct drive motor along with the easy to use controls. To change filaments, it is as easy as a press of the button to load and unload new filament. And this will load it by itself. Just stick the filament in the hole and it will do the rest. It also has a really easy to use bed leveling feature. Press a button and it’ll go to each dedicated corner for you to easily adjust, that way you can get great prints every time. Oh and I did I tell you it comes almost all the way assembled. All you need to do is install 4 screws, plug in two ribbon cables and (optionally) install the filaments holder (2 screws). That is it. You can be up and printing in a matter of minutes after you buy it. When you are done printing, you can remove the 4 screws to fold it up and store it out of the way.
- Ender 3 – This is very similar to the Fokoos. In fact the Fokoos is built on it’s platform. However, Fokoos has really surpassed it in build quality and features. However, the Ender 3 has a huge support base with a lot of avid enthusiasts. So if that is upmost importantce, the Ender 3 might be the way to go. However, I would just upgrade to a bigger size like the Ender 5 or the CR-10
- Ender 5 Pro or Ender 5 Plus – Both of these printers are really good. They use a full frame , but are unique in the way that the bed is what moves down and not the extrusion. This means the extrusion stays up high the entire time. And overall, the frame is a little more ridged with it’s construction. The main differences in these two are the ender 5 plus uses silent boards for printing, has a much bigger printing area, touch screen and has an auto bed leveling. The auto bed leveling is especially nice, since it helps ensure better print quality. The rest of the printers mentioned do not come standard with this. So it is a really nice feature. Both the Ender 5 pro and Ender 5 plus come almost completely assembles. You should be up and running within an hour.
- Prusa i3 – The prusa i3 was on of the OG’s in the 3d printing world and as such has grown quite a following. There are numerous upgrades to it and a great community. Almost everyone that has one swears by it. The community support cannot be ignored. In fact, that is why there are so many clones of it. The original will cost you about double that of a clone. The main issue holding this back is it’s price. The original costs significantly more than the other printers on this list at best $750.
- Anycubic Mega S – Another easy to assemble printer. It also has a nice touch screen similar to Fokoos. It is also similar to the Ender 3. Overall it is a very good machine at an affordable price. Having said that, I would much rather have the Fokoos Odin 5 or the Ender 3. They both are the same price range, with the Ender offering more user support and the Fokoos offering more functions and is easier to use. It is still a good printer and made the list, but I would look elsewhere.
*Bonus Creality CR-10 – The Ender 5 Plus has the biggest print volume of all the printers, but this is a very close second. And with that, you can save quite a bit of money. This has been a staple in many peoples 3d print workshops for years. Out of the box it can print a 12″ x 12″ x 15.5″ part, which is significantly bigger than some of the others. This allows for you to print bigger part or parts in less sections. So if big is what you want, the Cr-10 is one of the best and least expensive ways to do it. If you want the biggest print volume go with the Ender 5 plus, which prints approximately 13.5″ x 13.5″ x 15.5.”