is as big as it has ever been as a hobby, and with the additive manufacturing sector expected to be worth $10 billion later this decade — a large chunk of that is hobbyists selling on Etsy — it’s the right time to get on the 3D printing train.
If you’re a first-time buyer, getting a good 3D printer deal is even more important. All of thehave advanced features that make your life easier, so if you can snag one for under the normal price, you can get ahead of the game.
I’ve put together this list of deals from across the internet to save you from wandering around. CNET’s team will keep it updated as new deals come in and the old ones go away. While there are several companies that sell 3D printers, only Amazon regularly has sales. You might see other companies come up from time to time, but this list will be predominantly Amazon.
Some of the best deals use coupons, so keep an eye out and make sure to check the box when you reach the product page to claim your full discount.
The Elegoo Neptune 2S is the upgrade to the impressive Neptune 2. It adds some quality of life changes like a fully removable bed and larger dials to make leveling easier. At its normal price, these updates aren’t really cost-effective, but this saving puts it just $10 above the original Neptune 2 and that makes it a real bargain.
If you are looking to print Dungeons and Dragons miniatures or models with fine details, then a screen with a higher resolution is key. The Mono X has a 4K screen that allows for gorgeous details in even the smallest models. Its larger build plate lets you print more models at the same time.
The CR-30 is one of the first commercially available conveyor belt 3D printers, and it is fascinating to use. It isn’t for the beginner hobbyist as it takes a little bit of tweaking to get right, but once you do you can print long models like swords or lots of small models on a production line.
If you make the same model over and again for your Etsy store, this is a great printer to try.
The Saturn S is an excellent upgrade to Elegoo’s OG midsize resin printer. The 4K screen is excellent and the print quality is fantastic for a larger resin printer. The Saturn S has the size advantage over printers like the Mono 4K as its build area is almost twice as big. It’s perfect for making intricate pieces for cosplay, or models for your home.
The Photon 4K is being replaced with the new M3 series, but it could still be worth your time. With a 4K monochrome screen, the printer is very fast without sacrificing any detail. In fact, the details on this machine are superb, especially on small models like miniatures.
At $230, the Photon 4K offers an amazing entry into resin 3D printing, even if Anycubic is selling off the stock.
Materials and accessories
It’s not just the 3D printers themselves that are on sale. It’s often the accessories and materials too. While the savings aren’t as drastic — $5 to $10 savings, maybe — these add up over time when you have to buy a lot of materials for your projects.
Resin 3D printing can be messy and inconvenient if you don’t have the right tools. This wash-and-cure bundle lets you clean your resin prints and cure them in the special UV chamber. I like the Mercury over other wash/cure stations because of the separate stations that let you wash one model and cure another, saving you precious time.
Matterhackers Build Series filament is my go-to for any large project. Whether I am making Mandalorian armor or a gunblade from Final Fantasy, Build Series makes the job way easier. It sands very well and prints easily, too.
Any time it’s on sale it is worth picking up as cheaply as you can, especially if you don’t care about the color and you are painting over it.