Affordable 3D printers
It still costs a lot, but you’d do well to avoid those printers costing around £500 for now
£1,749 Manufacturer Ultimaker, ultimaker.com Requirements OS X 10.7 or higher (for Cura software) Despite sitting at the more expensive end of the home printer market, the Ultimaker 2 has won numerous plaudits since it was released at the end of 2013. It has a 20-micron layer resolution, can print at speeds from 30mm/s to 300mm/s, and has a print area of 223x223x205mm. The Ultimaker 2 also has a fantastic companion app in Cura, which is one of the easiest 3D slicer apps currently available. Calibrating the printer is a simple process, and prints are stored on, and read from, a removable SD card.
OUR VERDICT: The Ultimaker 2 is recommended for anyone that’s happy to pay a bit more for a home 3D printer.