MakerBot Replicator Mini
£1,198 Manufacturer MakerBot, makerbot.com Requirements OS X 10.7 or higher
The MakerBot Replicator Mini has plenty to attract newcomers to 3D printing. First up, the Replicator definitely looks the part, and there’s an onboard camera too, so you can remotely check your prints (though it’s resolution is just 320x240 pixels). And you can even send files to your printer via Wi-Fi. However, its specs aren’t up there with some other printers, with a 200-micron layer resolution (and, as it’s the Mini version, a smaller print area of 100x100x120mm). MakerBot Desktop and Thingiverse.com are a cinch to use, though.