3D printing is taking South Africa by storm. Parents are printing toys for their kids (or themselves!). DIY enthusiasts are printing spare parts for their projects (or jury rigs!); and hobbyists of all kinds are jumping on board the 3D printing train.
3D printing was once an expensive past time – but technology has come a long way and now there are awesome 3D printers available at great prices.
This article covers five of the best entry level options for those interested in 3D printing. Happy shopping Brandhubbers!
CREALITY ENDER-3 V2 3D PRINTER
The Creality Ender-3 Version 2 has long been one of our favourites regarding entry level 3D Printers. Print volume – the maximum printing size of a device – clocks in at 220 x 220 x 250mm; which is more than decent for new users.
But the biggest win of the Ender-3 is its ease of assembly and the high quality of the prints. This quality stems from superior technology developed by Creality specifically for the Version 2 of the Ender-3. The printers motor drivers are also quiet; so, users can print overnight without worrying about their sleep being interrupted.
With a price tag of R5499, it is well worth it!
CREALITY ENDER-5 PRO 3D PRINTER
The Ender-5 Pro is a step up from the Ender-3 but is still aimed at newer users. It was voted the best 3D printer under 500USD by All3DP.com, and it boasts the same technology as the Ender-3 V2, providing high quality prints with minimal noise.
It outdoes the Ender-3 in print volume, offering a solid 220 x 220 x 300mm frame. It also boasts a higher nozzle temperature than the Ender-3 – a whopping 260 degrees – which makes it compatible with a wider range of filaments.
It is coming in hot at a price tag of R6999.
CREALITY LD-002R DLP RESIN PRINTER
Talking about winning All3DP.com awards – this printer made it into the All3DP.com buyer’s guide for the best 3D printer of 2020!
The LD-002R offers a clean design and a smooth user experience. Its 2K solid state display system allows for an unparalleled degree of printing accuracy for an entry level printer. This makes it ideal for a variety of applications such as dentistry or jewellery prints.
It is also the only entry level resin printer on this list! Resin is a liquid (as opposed to filament which is a solid), and it allows for a higher degree of precision in 3D printing.
FLASHFORGE ADVENTURER 3
The Flashforge Adventurer 3 is a new generation smart 3D printer combining auto-filament feeding with an enclosed built-in filament cartridge. This prevents the need for bed levelling.
It is fully ready to go with plug and play functionality – the only printer on this list boasting that feature. It also has a 2 Megapixel HD camera which allows for remote monitoring of any printing activity.
CREALITY CR-10S PRO V2
An All3DP.com editor’s choice pick for Spring 2020 – the Creality CR10-S Pro V2 boasts a massive build volume of 300 x 300 x 400mm – the largest on this list.
It has been designed for easy assembly and has BL touch sensor which makes setting the bed that much quicker. It also caters for South Africa’s power outages with a “resume print” function that will save and continue printing once the electricity is back on.
Credit: Alex Cheboub – Brand Manager