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      1. 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. 
      2. 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 
      3. 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.
      4. 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.
      5. 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.” 

    • #13575

      I have the Prusa i3 MK3 not the clone, I have had good luck with it. its real user friendly. 

    • #13578


      That is great to hear!  I know @elliottdesigns has one too.  I was speaking really highly of it.  Feel free to add others, that I may not have thought of or give your own opinions on them. 

    • #13638

      Odin 5 review:

      One thing I forgot to mention is that it does have really easy to use belt tensioners already installed.  Just use an allen wrench and tighten it when needed

    • #14728
      Steven M

      Big fan of the Anycubic Photon Mono X.  It’s very easy to use out of the box. Has a large build plate and a 4K screen.  As of this posting it’s on sale too!

      Steven Monczka
    • #14733

      Not used it myself, but the sl1s from prusa seems an amazing design, and reviews have been extremely positive. Seems like the ideal resin printer if you’re happy with the size and the budget, and it being from Prusa means of course amazing long term support. There are other great resin printers of course but the bucket used at the bottom that rotates instead of a plate moving up and down seems to be a much more reliable method with cleaner prints in cases too, the SL1 and SL1S both use this, the s is just a MUCH faster version.

      It should be iterated, this resin printer is in a bit of a different class than most in terms of its cost, but with how expensive resin can be anyway, it might be a worthwhile investment. As always, it’s best to do your own research!

      Edit: looking at this quite a bit down the line made me realise how shilly this looks, I am in no means affiliated with Prusa or their products other than having bought the Mk3s. I was just trying to say it’s an innovative design for a resin printer is all.

      Elliott Dyson – Elliott Designs (YouTube) – 3rd year MENG Student
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