I first became interested in 3D printing a few years ago, when I started making everything from phone stands to tabletop game accessories to a sweet mini Millennium Falcon. Maker culture is alive and well, thanks to an army of creators who are passionate about handmade goods. As a result, 3D printers are now more popular than ever.
3D printing technology has come a long way since then, and I’ve doubled down by getting into 3D scanning and even laser cutting, which lets you sculpt real-world designs from leather and wood.
3D printers, which range from affordable (under $300) to high-end (over $3,000), are awesome gifts for a creative person or the 3D printing enthusiast in your life. Even better, they’re great for you to craft your own personalized designs. Also, 3D printing technology is getting better and better, meaning the print quality of whatever it is you’re making is starting to look like it was made by a professional 3D printing service. Like I said, it’s a really cool hobby, and it’s getting easier to find a great 3D printer to facilitate it.
I will note, though, that a cheap 3D printer is still going to cost at least a couple hundred bucks. If even a budget 3D printer is out of your price range, you can still jump on the additive manufacturing trend by grabbing a 3D pen to play with until a desktop 3D printer is within reach.
I’ve taken a deep dive into the best 3D printers available today. I’ve chosen several options for people who want to start printing 3D objects and for those who want to update their existing 3D printing setup with a pro 3D…