When they first hit the scene, 3D printers were hailed as the future of printing. Fast forward to 2020 and the reality is a little different; while makers and DIY fanatics have firmly embraced 3D printing, the rest of us still consider the pursuit a little too pricey.
Easythreed X1 mini 3D printer - $89.99 at Gearbest
3D printers are becoming cheaper and cheaper by the week it seems, and this device from Easythreed is the cheapest of them all. Don't expect it to perform miracles, but if you want to dip your toes into the world of 3D printing, look no further.
Easythreed is trying to change all that with its X1 mini portable FDM 3D printer. Available for just $89.99 (£78.76/AU$149.14) using coupon code GBETDX1A, it is the cheapest 3D printer out there right now.
Gearbest ships to most territories worldwide via expedited shipping, although you may be levied additional charges and fees by customs. Exact prices will also vary region by region depending on the day’s exchange rate.
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The machine comes with its own slicing software called Easyware and has a printing speed of up to 24cm per minute. It uses filament up to a diameter of 1.75mm and can build items up to 100x100x100mm.
If this product comes from mainland China, it will take at least a month to reach either the US or the UK (and potentially more). You may be levied a tax either directly or through the courier.
Have you managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new? Let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.
While the X1's printing accuracy (up to 0.2mm) might put some users off, its simple assembly, one-click printing and quirky design make it an attractive proposition.
Don’t expect it to work miracles, though. It's designed primarily for prototyping and rough 3D modelling - and, of course, affordability.
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