Best 3D Printers: 3Doodler
Let’s say upfront that the 3Doodler is not going to be keeping DDD or Stratasys awake at night. When it comes to the models this 3D printer produces, well they tend to look terrible. Sloppy and imprecise is probably being charitable in describing the output.
Because the starting price for even the most affordable consumer 3D printers is currently in the $1,000 and up range –and the 3Doodler costs $99. That’s right, under $100 for a 3D printer. Not only that, but rather than $30 to $50 for the raw materials, you can buy packs of colored plastic filament for the 3Doodler for less than $10.
The catch is that the 3Doodler is actually a hand-held pen. This 3D printer has no print tray, no motorized print head and no digital files to print from. It extrudes melted plastic, but it’s up to your hand –and your skill– to build the model. As you might expect, that doesn’t always end well.
Another successful Kickstarter project, the 3Doodler is now being sold through online retailers, and at $99, it is undoubtedly the best 3D printer you can buy for under $100. It may seem like child’s play compared to the advanced models like the Cube or Replicator Mini, but the 3Doodler offers consumers an entry into the world of 3D printing that’s priced almost as an impulse buy.
That’s the sort of price point needed for 3D printing to take off (think of what happened once inkjet printers dropped from $1,000 to less than $100), and even if it’s relatively primitive, taking that important step lands the 3Doodler on our Best 3D printers list.
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