November 2021

3D Printers: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of 3D Printer rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2021.

At a glance - November 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price 3D Printer
CNET
PCMag
Tom's Guide
ZD Net
Popular Mechanics
Digital Trends
All3DP
3d Sourced
TechRadar
Omnicore
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FormLabs Form 3
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2
8
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1
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19
3
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2
- $1899
Dremel Digilab 3D45
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1
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4
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15
14
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7
3
- $1850
LulzBot Mini 2
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6
5
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2
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8
8
4
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Original Prusa i3 MK3S+
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2
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10
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1
7
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5
- $350
Monoprice MP Voxel
5
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1
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12
4
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6
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Monoprice Select Mini v2
2
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12
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1
7
- $339
Anycubic Vyper
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5
5
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8
- $150
Monoprice MP Mini Delta
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7
3
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3
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9
- $279
Creality Ender 3 V2
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9
2
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3
10
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Original Prusa Mini
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3
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1
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11
- $6355
Ultimaker S5
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5
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6
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21
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12
- $700
Anycubic Photon Mono X
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4
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14
8
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13
-3 Check price
Peopoly Phenom
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8
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5
13
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14
- $236
Elegoo Mars 2 Mono
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8
1
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15
+1 $4080
Ultimaker S3
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18
2
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16
+1 Check price
Anycubic Photon
4
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4
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17
+1 Check price
BCN3D Sigma D25
9
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17
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18
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Original PRUSA SL1
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15
4
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19
- $3499
Raise3D E2
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6
12
20
+3 $1317
Snapmaker 2.0 A350
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12
9
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21
-1 $1938
MakerBot Replicator+
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4
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5
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22
-1 $649
Flashforge Creator Pro 2
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4
9
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We ranked FormLabs Form 3 #1 in November 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked FormLabs Form 3 as #1.
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Tom's Guide

A Great Resin 3D Printer

Pros
Excellent print quality
Support for a range of Formlabs supplied materials
Supports multiple users and printers

Cons
Expensive
Using third-party resins may violate warranty

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ZD Net

Best Industrial-Quality Fine-Detail Desktop 3D Resin Printer

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Digital Trends

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TechRadar

The Best SLA Printer

Pros
High-quality printing
Wide material support
Supports multiple users

Cons
SLA prints require cleaning
Incredibly expensive, even for a resin printer
Using third-party resin voids the warranty

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We ranked Dremel Digilab 3D45 #2 in November 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Dremel Digilab 3D45 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Top Overall Value for Serious Users / Editor's Choice

Pros
Very good print quality.
Easy to use.
User-friendly yet powerful software.
Prints via USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi, and from a USB thumb drive.
Safe design.
Relatively quiet.

Cons
Limited filament colors compared with competitors.Touch screen is not particularly responsive.

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All3DP

Best 3D printers: Education

Pros
Easy to set up and use
Excellent print quality when using proprietary materials
Designed to enhance safety and reliability

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3d Sourced

Great Desktop 3D Printer for Beginners And Schools

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Omnicore

Best 3D Printer Under $2000

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend 3D Printers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of 3D Printers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for November 2021 ranking

We ranked LulzBot Mini 2 #3 in November 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Premium Model for Hobbyists and Schools

Pros
Easy to set up and use.
Powerful software.
Quiet operation.
Supports a variety of filament types.
LCD with SD-card slot.
Self-leveling print bed.
Easy to remove finished objects from print bed.
Works with Windows, macOS X, and Linux.

Cons
Print quality inconsistent at times.
No bundled filament.
Open frame increases risk of burns from a hot extruder.
Relatively sparse connectivity options.

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Tom's Guide

Best intermediate 3D printer

Pros
Prints are fast and of high quality
Supports a wide range of materials
Printer is quiet

Cons
More expensive than many comparable models

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Digital Trends

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TechRadar

Another Great 3D Printer for Beginners

Pros
Very easy to use while being high quality
Open-source and supports a range of materials
Much quieter than expected

Cons
Open frame design
More expensive than many FDM printers

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Omnicore

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We ranked Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ #4 in November 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Well Suited for Hobbyists and Schools / Editor's Choice

Pros
Consistently high-quality prints
No misprints in our testing
Supports multiple filament types
Includes a 1-kilogram PLA spool
Useful, professionally printed user guide
Great support resources
Versatile, user-friendly software

Cons
Build volume a bit small for the price

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ZD Net

Best All-Around Prosumer Hobby Printer Under $1,000

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All3DP

Best 3D Printer

Pros
Exceptional print quality
Advanced calibration and print monitoring
Excellent support and involved community

Cons
Dated UI
Pricey

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We ranked Monoprice MP Voxel #5 in November 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Monoprice MP Voxel as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best 3D Printer for Ease Of Use

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Tom's Guide

Best 3D Printer for Post People

Pros
Excellent print quality
Fast print speed
Heated print bed

Cons
Lackluster software
Some Wi-Fi connection issues

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All3DP

Best 3D printers: Budget

Pros
Easy to set up
Quiet
Impressive quality of life features

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3d Sourced

Best 3D Printer With Enclosure Under $500

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We ranked Monoprice Select Mini v2 #6 in November 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Monoprice Select Mini v2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best 3D printer for Beginners

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ZD Net

Best 3D Printer Under $200

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Omnicore

Best 3D Printer Under $250

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We ranked Anycubic Vyper #7 in November 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Anycubic Vyper as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best for out-of-the-box printing

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3d Sourced

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TechRadar

The best beginner friendly FDM 3D printer

Pros
Built-in accessories drawer
Reliable automatic bed-leveling
Great value for the features you get

Cons
Excessive initial stringing
Questionable assembly
Cura profile needs fine-tuning

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We ranked Monoprice MP Mini Delta #8 in November 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Good Starter Model for Beginners, Non-Techies

Pros
Sub-$200 price
Quick, nearly misprint-free printing
Easy setup and operation
Sturdy steel-and-aluminum frame
Supports multiple filament types

Cons
Tiny build area
So-so print quality
Mere one-year warranty

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Tom's Guide

The best 3D printer under $200

Pros
Prints PLA, ABS, PETG, and other materials
Excellent print quality for the price
Costs less than $200

Cons
Smaller build volume than other low-cost printers
Software has some rough edges

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We ranked Creality Ender 3 V2 #9 in November 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
All3DP

Best 3D printers: Budget

Pros
High-quality prints
Excellent price-to-performance
32-bit board with TMC2208 drivers (read: it’s quiet)

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3d Sourced

Best 3D Printer For The Price

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Omnicore

Best 3D Printer Under $500

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We ranked Original Prusa Mini #10 in November 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Original Prusa Mini as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Ideal for Price-Conscious Tinkerers

Pros
Top-notch object quality
Supports a variety of filament types
Useful, professionally printed user guide
Great support resources
Versatile, user-friendly software

Cons
First-layer calibration can be tricky
Only includes starter packets of filament
Requires monitoring if young children or pets are around

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TechRadar

Small,affordable and remarkable 3D printer

Pros
Great value
Easy to use
Supports a variety of filament types

Cons
Reel sits separately
Imperfect print quality
Calibration can be tricky

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We ranked Ultimaker S5 #11 in November 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Pro-Grade Printing of Large Objects

Pros
Dual extruders.
Large build volume.
Quiet.
Good print quality.
Easy setup and operation.
Touch screen.

Cons
Pricey.
Relatively slow printing at default resolution.

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ZD Net

Best Large Format Dual-Extruder Professional Printer

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Anycubic Photon Mono X #12 in November 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best 3D printer for low-cost SLA printing

Pros
Fast printer with high-quality output
Costs a fraction of what other SLA printers cost

Cons
Slicing software produces inconsistent supports
Some print failures

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All3DP

Best 3D printers: Budget

Pros
Large build volume
Fast and high-detailed prints
Minimal setup

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We ranked Peopoly Phenom #13 in November 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

A Capable SLA Printer For Less

Pros
Big print area
Supports a wide variety of resins
Costs less than rival SLA printers

Cons
Noisy
Interface can be confusing

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All3DP

Editor's Pick

Pros
Massive build volume
Easy print plate leveling
Responsive UI

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Elegoo Mars 2 Mono #14 in November 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Elegoo Mars 2 Mono as #1.
Critic endorsements:
All3DP

Best 3D printers: Budget

Pros
Vibrant design
Reliable, great print quality
Easy to use

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We ranked Ultimaker S3 #15 in November 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
3d Sourced

Best 3D Printer under $5,000 ($3000-$5000 range)

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TechRadar

The Best 3D Printer for College Education

Pros
Class-leading print quality
Easy to network
Supports a range of materials

Cons
Expensive
Slow print times

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We ranked Anycubic Photon #16 in November 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best Inexpensive Resin 3D Printer

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Digital Trends

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We ranked BCN3D Sigma D25 #17 in November 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best for Dual-Color Printing

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Original PRUSA SL1 #18 in November 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
3d Sourced

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TechRadar

The Best MSLA Printer

Pros
High Quality printing
Wide material support
Enclosed hood to minimize fumes

Cons
SLA prints require cleaning.
Resin comes with steep learning curve

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We ranked Raise3D E2 #19 in November 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The Best Workhorse 3D Printer

Pros
High-resolution print capability
Innovative ouch screen interface
Dual Extruder system can work independently

Cons
Huge and heavy, not ideal for home use
Careful placement of bed required
Needs manual assistance for filament loading

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Omnicore

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We ranked Snapmaker 2.0 A350 #20 in November 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
3d Sourced

est 3D printer that can also CNC and laser engrave

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TechRadar

Best 3-in-1 3D Printer

Pros
3D printer, CNC, and Laser cutter in one
Solid design and build quality
Easy to understand software

Cons
Switching between uses takes time
Enclosure purchased separately
Very noisy when printing

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We ranked MakerBot Replicator+ #21 in November 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Product Designers,Engineers,Serious Hobbyists

Pros
Easy to use.
Very good print quality.
User-friendly yet powerful software.
Prints via USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi, and from a USB thumb drive.
Safe design for an open-frame printer.
Relatively quiet.

Cons
Printer setup through MakerBot Mobile app can be tricky.
Somewhat pricey filament.

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We ranked Flashforge Creator Pro 2 #22 in November 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
All3DP

Editor's Pick

Pros
Ease of use
Quality dual extrusion
Good value for IDEX tech

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3d Sourced

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