3D Printing Technology is not new, but is mainly used in the automobile and aerospace industries to save billions of dollars in creating parts at cheap rates.
Until recently, these 3D printers are used only by the multinational companies due to their price and requirement for huge infrastructure.
Luckily, you can get now get a 3D printer in the size of a computer CPU.
Yes, you too can create 3 dimensional replica of objects at your home easily.
What Can You Make Using a 3D Printer?
You can replicate almost everything using a 3D printing machine, starting from mobile cases to medical equipment and they are extremely useful for students, designers, architects and engineers who wanted to create a model or prototype of their imaginations.
In short, you can give a real life to your imagination using the 3D printer technology.
How to Choose the Best 3D Printer in India? [Buying Guide]
Like for any electronic device, there are various things you need to carefully check before purchasing a 3D printer.
1.Type of 3D Printer:
There are mainly 2 types of portable 3D printers
- Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM): These are the most common 3D printer types in the market. In this process, the object is printed by heating and extruding plastic that is stitched together one layer after another.
- Selective Laser Sintering (SLS): These are a little expensive printers when compared with FDM printers and can even print metal objects. They make use of lasers to melt the powder and creates layers of the printed material.
2.Material Used for Printing:
There are two common materials used for printing objects in 3 dimensions. These thermoplastic materials turn soft/malleable when prone to heat or cold temperatures and are available as spools of filament.
- Poly Lactic Acid (PLA): Made from starch and hence is environment friendly. They have low melting point and so the objects may deform when treated with high temperature.
- Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS): They have high flexibility and strength and have a high melting point. It emits fumes while printing the 3D objects.
You can choose a 3D printer with either dual extruder (2 colors) or multiple extruder (more than 2 colors).
4.Resolution and Speed:
If you wanted to create a high quality 3D image/object, you’ll obviously need a high resolution 3D printer that captures even the tiniest details of the design. You can measure the resolution in microns.
1 micron = 0.001 mm
The lower the number, the higher the printer resolution and viceversa.
Also, remember to choose a printer that has good printing speed as it makes things faster when in emergency.
5.3D Printing Software:
Most 3D printers are compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS and come with a software disk.
You can either create your own 3D model or download it from the Internet. There are different websites where you can get ready-made 3d designs for various items.
Like .psd for Photoshop files, there is a specific file format for 3D object files – STL (Stereo Lithography). It contains all the information you’ll need to create and print a 3D model. It can be created using any CAD program.
Once you’re done with creating the STL file, then you’ll need to pass it through a slicing software where the instructions like – number of layers requires, position of the printer etc… will be defined. In most cases, the slicing software is provided with your printer software.
Most basic 3D printers come with USB connection support. A little advanced printers have their own internal memory and hence can operate even while the PC is shut down.
And, the high end 3D printers come with SD card slots, WiFi connection etc… and can operate independently too.
The 3D printers emit heat and fumes while printing an object and closely associating with it can cause serious burns. So, try to invest in a closed frame printer that has lids and hoods, rather than an open frame printer.
And, always keep your kids and pets away from the room where you’re using the 3D printer.
Best 3D Printers in India 2018
To make your job simpler, we’ve compiled a list of the top 3D printing machines in India that are rated to be the best in their price segment.
1.Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer
The Creator Pro comes with a dual extruder option i.e., you can use any two colors for printing the objects.
It has 2 spools of filament and you can print either from SD card or using a USB connection.
The layer thickness is adjustable (0.1 to 0.3 mm).
It is a fully enclosed printer with glass doors and hoods for extra safety.
It is great with ABS printing support.
- Model Number: 3D-FFG-XPRO
- Dual Extruder
- Comes with Closed Lids
- 2 Spools Filament
- SD Card and USB Support
- Build envelope: 225 x 145 x 150 mm
- Layer thickness: 0.1-0.3 mm(adjustable)
- Item Weight: 11 Kgs
- Voltage: 200 volts
Price: under Rs.80000
2.Flashforge Adventurer 3 3D Printer
The Adventurer 3 stands between the budget and premium 3D printers category and is ideal for printing regular objects easily.
It comes with a built-in camera function and online monitor of printing process.
It has built-in filament cartridge and auto filament loading and unloading function too.
- Model: Flashforge Adventurer 3
- Build Envelope: 150x150x150mm
- Built-in Filament Cartridge
- Auto loading/unloading of filament
- Enclosed body
- Layer thickness: 0.1-0.2 mm
- Weight: 9 Kgs
Price: under Rs.50000
3.FlashForge Finder 3D Printer
It is an open frame printer with touchscreen for previewing the designs.
It supports WiFi, USB stick and cable. The printer makes use of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology for printing the objects.
You can use the flashprint software to create .stl files for printing any object.
The printer is easy to operate & compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
It is ideal for architects, designers and students.
- Model: 700355100638
- 3.5” Touchscreen Panel for Instant Preview
- WiFi connectivity, USB and Cable
- Resolution: 100 to 500 microns
- Ultra-quiet operation
- Weight: 11 Kgs
- Voltage: 100 volts
Price: Under Rs.50000
4.XYZprinting 3D Printer Da Vinci Mini 1.0W with FDM Technology
It is one of the best budget 3D printers in India with FDM technology and WiFi connectivity support.
This open frame 3D printer prints using a single-button print design and provides multiple colored LEDs to indicate the process.
It uses non-toxic PLA filament to print the objects with best slicing precision and computing efficiency.
- Model: da Vinci Mini
- Build Volume: 20 x 20 x 20 cm
- Resolution: 100 to 400 microns
- ABS/PLA Filament material
- WiFi, USB 2.0
- Supports Windows/Mac
Price: under Rs.30000
5.Rapid Rabit Prusa I3 3D Printer
The Prusa i3 is an advanced open frame printer with single extruder and enables only 1.75 filament.
This is a kit-based printer and you need to assemble it from scratch using the instructions. Of-course, it is worth your money.
You can print the objects using PLA, ABS and nylon materials.
The connectivity options include USB cable and it also has SD card support.
A very cost-effective 3D printer with impressive printing quality.
- Model: Prusa i3
- Open frame
- Kit-based printer
- Comes with heated bed
- Printing Size: 210 X 210 X 210 mm
- Supports Pla, Abs, Hips, Pva, Nylon Material
Price: under Rs.30000
6.WOL 3D Creality Ender 3 Easy to Assemble Premium DIY 3D Printer
The Creality Ender 3 is an easy to assemble open frame 3D printer that can easily be assembled in 2 hours.
It comes with advanced technology and resume print function that helps you print unfinished image due to sudden power outage.
The printer comes with an upgraded extruder, V-slot with POM wheels for noise-free printing.
The printer needs just 5 minutes for the hot bed to reach 110℃.
It supports SD card for storage and printing.
- Model: Ender-3
- Open frame (unassembled)
- Reaches 110℃ in 5 minutes
- Built Volume: 220 x 220 x 250mm
- Layer Thickness: 0.1-0.4mm
- Print Speed: 180mm/s
- Connectivity: SD card
- Voltage: 100 to 256 V
- Weight: 7 Kgs
Price: under Rs.30000
7.WOL 3D New Lilliput Mini 3D Printer
The Lilliput Mini is an open frame 3D printer without doors but with hoods supporting it from all the four ends.
Printing is pretty easy and accurate.
The printer size is very lightweight and you can easily carry it around and is ideal for professionals, schools and exhibition.
It comes with auto-leveling print bed, auto-calibrating extruder module to get the best possible prints.
Filaments like PLA, Carbon Fibre PLA, Glow in the dark etc… can be used for printing.
You also get Cura 3D software along with the machine.
- Model: Mini
- Open Frame
- Auto-calibrating Extruder (dual)
- FDM Technology
- Build Size: 100 x 100 x 150 mm
- Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
- Filaments: PLA, Carbon Fibre PLA, Glow in the Dark
- Printing Temperature: 190’C-225’C
- Available in Dark blue and Light blue colors
- Weight: 2.4 Kgs
Price: under Rs.25000
8.Makerbricks I3C 3D Printer
This is an entry-level budget 3D printer in India from Makerbricks that is semi-assembled and can be used to create simple and basic 3D models at home.
You can connect the printer to the laptop or computer using the USB cable and print any object of your choice.
It works with both PLA and ABS materials for printing the objects.
It has a single Gregs extruder and can get heated pretty fast.
It runs on a simple UI software ‘Marlin firmware’ and you can change the resolution and printing speed according to your needs using the software.
- Model: i3C
- Open frame (Semi-assembled)
- Filaments: PLA and ABS
- Filament Spool included: 1.75 mm
- Build Volume: 180X180X180 mm
- Heat bed size: 200 x 200
- Nozzle: 0.50 mm
- Single Gregs Extruder
- Connection: USB Cable
- Voltage: 350 W
Price: under Rs.20000
That’s the end of the list friends! Of all the above products, FlashForge Finder 3D Printer is our best pick when it comes to the Best 3D Printer in India at the moment, mainly due to its advanced printing features and reasonable price tag.