Under $200: TronXY X1

This low cost kit comes with great instructions and can be assembled by a 3D Printing novice with some patience over a casual weekend. It prints in PLA plastic only (a bioplastic made from corn starch) and has a small but useable print volume of 150 x 150 x 150mm. The TronXY X1 is the cheapest kit I can recommend and is a perfect starter 3D Printer for our budget makerspace. It benefits greatly from the addition of a cooling fan and a few other simple modifications.

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$300: Creality Ender 3

$500: Prusa MK3S

Possibly the smartest 3D Printer in its class, the updated MK3S has many features which 3D Printing enthusiasts will enjoy including an open source environment (use any material or slicer you want to try), automatic mesh leveling and a magnetic removable printing surface (my favorite feature!).

While it's entirely possible to achieve the same quality prints on machines half its price, the MK3's additional features makes usability just a little bit better. Even 2 years on since release, the MK3S is a solid choice.

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$1000+ Craftbot 3