3D Printer Guide Our Choice Of Top 6 2018

Here is our choice of the top 6 3D printers of 2018. We know it can be difficult finding the right 3D printer for you but it doesn’t have to be this way. Within this guide it will provide a clear and concise information on a wide range of 3D printers including DIY 3D printers that can sit on your desk to pre-assembled 3D printers, these  can create large 3D printouts. So we hope this article will help you along your way to the 3D printing industry.

Tevo Tarantula

1.  Standard Tevo Tarantula 3D Printer

Best Beginner DIY kit

Print technology: FDM | Build size: 200X 200 X 200mm | ExtruderBowden | Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm | Mechanical Arrangement: Cartesian-XZ-Head

 

Where to buy Price
  1. Inov3D
  2. Aliexpress
  3. GearBest
  1. £160
  2. £138.98
  3. £168.71

 

Pros Cons
  • Unique aesthetic
  • Highly upgrade able
  • Inexpensive
  • Active User Community
  • Frame isn’t rigid enough
  • To much acrylic parts
  • Not reliable at the start
  • Aluminium Bed

 

The Tevo Tarantula is Tevo’s first ever 3D printer a good beginner DIY 3D Printer. This printer comes as a kit, this means you have to build the printer from the ground up. The Tevo tarantula can be just as good as any other 3D printer but you need to put the time and effort into it.

To further extend this 3D printer you can print extra support brackets and a whole lot more, these you can find on thingiverse. This printer is modular you can easily upgrade it to do what you want make. For example you can make it into  a CNC router or a laser engraver anything is possible with this DIY kit.

Print Quality: 6/10 

User Interface And Navigation: 7/10

Value For Money: 10/10

Final Judgement: 7/10

Tronxy X3S 3D Printer

2.  Tronxy X3S 3D Printer

Better than Tevo Tornado 

Print technology: FDM | Build size: 330X 330 X 420mm | ExtruderBowden | Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm | Mechanical Arrangement: Cartesian-XZ-Head

Where to buy Price
  1. GearBest
  1. £300.81
Pros Cons
  • Allot more features than Tevo tornado
  • Fast Installation
  • Reliable
  • Inexpensive
  • Comes with spool holder
  • Easy To Build
  • Heated bed slow on heating
  • Need to upgrade Firmware
  • Inactive User Community
  • Aluminium Bed
  • Button Sticks on The Screen

 

The Tronxy X3S is a high 3 step installation 3D printer. You can get this printer built in just under two hours, just screw in some nuts and bolts and “hey presto” you have a fully assembled 3D printer. This printer comes with dual z lead screw, unlike the Tevo tornado that only comes with one.

It has two aluminium extrusions for the bed to lay on this will help with keeping the bed more stable.They have also added belt tensions on both  X and Y axis these can be controlled freely to keep the right amount of tensions on the belts, no need to take apart as you only have a screw to turn. Comes with a 12864 LCD screen with a full metal electronics box that includes a integrated spool holder a perfect combination of metal and beauty.

Print Quality: 10/10

User Interface And Navigation: 6/10

Value For Money: 7/10

Final Judgement: 7/10

Tevo Tornado 3D printer

3. Tevo Tornado 3D Printer

Huge Active User Community

Print technology:  FDM | Build size:  300X 300 X 400mm | Extruder: Bowden  | Nozzle Diameter:  0.4mm  | Mechanical Arrangement: Cartesian-XZ-Head

Where to buy Price
  1. Inov3D
  2. Gearbest
  3. Aliexpress
  1. £330.00
  2. £274.31
  3. £282.87
Pros Cons
  • Active User Community
  • Fast Installation
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy To Build
  • Needs TL Smoothers
  • Print Surface Needs Improved
  • No Dual Z
  • Layer Shifting
  • No Spool Holder Supplied

 

The Tevo Tornado is really easy to build, fast Installation has a really active user community that will gladly help you with any issues you have with your 3D Printer.  To get your print quality good you will need to buy TL Smoothers and definitely a new print surface.

The print surface that comes with it will work for a few prints then you will notice your prints wont stick and the surface will bubble. In all honesty if you make the changes we have mentioned on the cons you will end up with a great 3D printer.

Print Quality: 8/10 

User Interface And Navigation: 7/10

Value For Money: 9/10

Final Judgement: 9/10

Tevo Black Widow 3D Printer

4. Tevo Black Widow 3D Printer

Open Build Parts

Print technology:  FDM | Build size:  370X 250 X 300mm | Extruder Direct  | Nozzle Diameter:  0.4mm  | Mechanical Arrangement: Cartesian-XZ-Head

Where to buy Price
  1. Gearbest
  2. Aliexpress
  3. Inov3D
  1. £296.55
  2. £330.42
  3. £355.00
Pros Cons
  • Strong Built
  • Aesthetics
  • Open Build Extrusion / Wheels
  • Easy To Build
  • Fast Heating Of Bed
  • All Metal Hot End
  • Electronics
  • Dont get advertised print size
  • No Part Cooling Fan
  • No Spool Holder

 

The Tevo Black Widow is a strong easy to build 3D Printer. It comes with an all metal hot end and a direct Extruder this means you can print a wide variety of filaments also has open build extrusion and wheels. When the Tevo black widow was first released there was allot of major problems with the electronics.

The mosfet in the control board was not strong enough to handle the printers current, our mosfet on the controller melted and it was smoking which this could of caused a fire. these issues have been fixed by Tevo releasing a new updated version of the black widow with a external mosfet.

Print Quality: 7/10 

User Interface And Navigation: 7/10

Value For Money: 8/10

Final Judgement: 7/10

East 3D Gecko 3D Printer

5. East 3D Gecko 3D Printer

Good All Round 3D Printer

Print technology:  FDM | Build size:  310 X 300 X 300mm | Extruder: Direct  | Nozzle Diameter:  0.4mm  | Mechanical Arrangement: CoreXY

Where to buy Price
  1. Inov3D
  2. Aliexpress

 

  1.  £500.00
  2.  £439.71
Pros Cons
  • Unique Structure
  • Fast
  • Reliable
  • Strong Built
  • Silent
  • Lerdge Controller
  • Great Touch Screen
  • Prints TPU
  • Active User Community
  • Active Support Staff
  • Print Surface Needs Improved
  • Need to calibrate Extruder Steps

 

The East 3D Gecko Is in our eyes the best all round 3D printer, believe it or not we have only found two cons nothing really to complain about. The staff of East 3D are very helpful, well mannered and easy to communicate with there is also a Facebook group that will help you in a matter of minutes to help you with your questions. It comes with a unique structure that is really strong built, we like the added touches of the gecko and best of all it is silent so no need to wear ear defenders.

Print Quality: 9/10 

User Interface And Navigation: 9/10

Value For Money: 8/10

Final Judgement: 8/10

Tevo Little Monster 3D Printer

6. Tevo Little Monster 3D Printer

Two Man/Women Job

Print technology:  | Build size: D340 x 500mm  | Extruder: Bowden    | Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm  | Mechanical Arrangement: Delta

Where to buy Price
  1.  Inov3D
  2. Gearbest
  3. Aliexpress
  1. £625.00
  2. £593.12
  3. £565.15 
Pros Cons
  • Big Print Volume
  • Aesthetics
  • Auto Calibration  ( BLT )
  • Fast
  • Great Print Quality
  • Easy and Quick Build
  • Nice Touch Screen
  • Comes With Spool Holder
  • Nice Light Effects
  • Part Cooling Fan
  • Partly Assembled
  • NOISEY

 

The Tevo Little Monster is a two man/woman job 3D printer to build because it is really heavy and tall just be careful if you are building it on your own. With the delta structure you can print fast and get great print quality as long as you calibrate it properly. Comes partly assembled with a part cooling fan and a spool holder. For the cost of this it is great because it includes a bltouch, nice touch screen also some nice light effects.

Print Quality: 8/10 

User Interface And Navigation: 10/10

Value For Money: 9/10

Final Judgement: 9/10

 

I’m guessing you like 3D printers? since now that you have reached the end of this article so why not check out Tevo’s new 3D printer the Tevo Michelangelo.

 

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