Formlabs Form 2

The Formlabs Form 2 is one of the best stereo-lithography (SLA) 3D printers on the market. It uses different types of liquid resin to make incredibly detailed objects (see our review for examples). It costs about $3,500, which is about £2,400 or AU$5,000 converted.

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MSRP: $3,499.00

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Old World Labs MC2

The OWL MC2 is a super-high-end industrial 3D printer that can print objects of extremely high detail, up to 100 nanometers in resolution. It also carries an extremely high price, ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 (that's as much as £171,000 or AU$356,700).

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Filaments

These are filaments for fused-filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printers. These plastic strings are melted during the printing process to form a 3D object, then they quickly congeal to hold the object's form.

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Hueway 3D-509

The 3D-509 F3D printer from Hueway, a Chinese 3D printing startup, is a fused-filament fabrication (FFF) printer.

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New Matter Mod-T

The New Matter Mod-T is one of the least expensive 3D printers on the market, costing just $399. It can only make relatively small objects, however, up to 6x4x5 inches (150x100x125 mm) in size.

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Raise3D

The Raise3D 3D printer is from a startup of the same name that aims to "raise the quality of 3D printing." The Raise itself can print objects of up to 0.01 millimeter in resolution and uses more than 10 types of filament. The printer has a 7-inch touchscreen and a remote control, and can even resume the print process after a power cut. It's currently not yet available for purchase.

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Uniz Slash

An all-new upcoming 3D printer called Slash from a startup called Uniz.

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Phoenix Touch 1080PDLP

The Phoenix Touch 1080PDLP 3D Printer from Full Spectrum Laser 3D. The printer features precision 50-micron XY pixels and uses consumer-grade 1080P digital light projectors to cut down the cost. The company says its printer's FSL3D algorithms help reduce material usage and allow one computer to manage many 3D printers at the same time. The Phoenix Touch is slated to cost around $3,500, which is about £2,400 or AU$5,000.

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Airwolf 3D Axiom

The Axiom features a fully enclosed print chamber to provide a thermally stable environment, which minimizes warping for optimal print quality, especially when applied to very large 3D prints. The printer costs around $4,000, which is about £2,740 or AU$5,700.

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Aleph Objects LulzBot Mini

The LulzBot Mini is an open-source 3D printer. In fact the entire 3D printer itself is a DYI project.

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Ultimaker 2 Extended

The Ultimaker 2 Extended is a larger, more expensive version of the Ultimaker 2, which we considered well-designed but overpriced and not reliable enough. The Extended, too, is well-designed and easy to use. The new printer costs about $3,000. which is about £2,050 or AU$4,270.

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AIO Robotics Zeus All-In-One 3D Printer

The AIO Robotics Zeus All-In-One 3D Printer can do both 3D scanning and printing. It has a 7-inch touchscreen and is easy to use. It can scan at 125-micron resolution and print at 80-micron resolution. The printer costs $2,500, which is about £1,700 or AU$3,550.

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XYZprinting Food 3D printer

First showcased at CES 2015 as a prototype, XYZprinting's 3D food printer is a final product at CES 2016. The printer can make different kinds of edibles, from candies to cookies. It's quite slow and supports only a limited number of recipes, however, so don't fire your personal cook just yet.

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3D Systems CubePro

The CubePro features the largest-in-class build platform with high resolution. It can make objects of up to 11.2x 10.6x 9.06 inches (285.4mmx270.4mmx230mm) in dimensions, about 2.5 times larger than any other desktop prosumer and hobbyist printer. The printer can reach a resolution of up to 70 microns. It's a big upgrade to 3D Systems' Cube 3. The new printer costs $2,800, which is about £1,915 or AU$4,000.

3D Systems also showed a food printer, the ChefJet Pro.

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3D Systems ProJet 1200

The ProJet 1200 is a micro-SLA 3D printer designed to deliver super-high-quality 3D printing. With a print volume of 43x27x150mm (1.69x1.06x5.9 inches), the ProJet 1200 prints 30 micron layers at a 585-dpi resolution resulting in fine details reflecting true-to-CAD accuracy. This printer is only made to order.

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MatterHackers DYI printer

MatterHackers is a vendor that sells parts and accessories so you can make your own 3D printer. Here's one of the custom-made printers using its parts.

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Robox 3D printer

The Robox 3D printer is quite innovative, though it still needs work to be easier to use. The printer costs $1,500, which is about £1,025 or AU$2,135.

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MakerBot Replicator

MakerBot is a big name in 3D printing. This 5th-generation Replicator 3D printer is the company's latest. It costs $2,900, which is about 1,985 or AU$4,125

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CoLiDo Compact

The CoLiDo Compact is another affordable 3D printer, priced at $500, which is about £340 or AU$710. The machine is very compact and can print objects of up to 5.1x5.1x 5.1 inches (13 x 13 x 13cm) in volume.

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