If you want to get started with 3D printing, you’re obviously going to need a 3D printer. While super high end 3D printers can cost thousands of dollars, you probably aren’t going to want to spend that much if your just getting started or just on a budget.
So you may be happy to know that you can actually get some pretty good 3D printers for less than $500. In this list, we are going to cover a range of great affordable 3D printers ranging in price from $100 – $500.
If your budget is under $300, check out our list of the Best 3D Printers Under $300.
Top 3D Printers Under $500
We are going to start our list with the least expensive printer on the list and work our way up to the most expensive. So feel free to scroll around a bit based on your budget.
It has a print resolution of 100 – 400 microns so your prints should look nice and sharp. But with a build area of only 150mm x 150mm x 150mm you will be a bit restricted in what you can print.
There is a bit of self assembly required, but it’s pretty easy and only takes about 15 minutes.
It does come with a FREE downloadable version of XYZmaker 3D modeling design software which is certainly a nice addition. But some customers in the question and answer section of Amazon.com reported that the software only works on computers with Intel CPU chips. So if your computer has an AMD CPU you probably won’t be able to install it.
Unlike some 3d printers at this price point, the Da Vinci Mini has wireless capabilities so you can easily print without needing any extra cables.
So overall, it’s a pretty great 3d printer for the price and could certainly be a good entry level option.
The print resolution is 100 – 300 microns so you should be able to make prints that look slightly sharper than the Da Vinci Mini but they’re both still pretty great considering the price.
And with a build area of 120mm x 120mm x 120mm, you’ll have a bit less room to work with than on the Da Vinci Mini so that is something you’ll probably want to keep in mind if you want to be able to print bigger things.
It comes fully assembled so there will be no frustrating assembly to do and it even comes with an SD card full of pre made example designs to get you going nice and quickly.
It also has Wifi, USB cable, and SD card connectivity options so sending your designs to the printer will be nice and easy.
So overall it’s a pretty great printer for the price and could definitely be a great option.
It has a very impressive resolution of 25 – 100 microns so your prints should look super detailed especially considering the price point.
But the build area is a bit smaller than the two previous options with a build area of only 115mm x 65mm x 155 mm. So you won’t be printing anything two big.
It comes fully assembled so there’s no difficult assembly to worry about. And it also has a user friendly touch screen on the front of the device.
So overall, it’s a great high resolution 3d printer at a really great price with the only real concern being the small size of the build area.
With a printing resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, your prints should certainly look nice and sharp. But much like the ANYCUBIC Photon, the build area is only 120mm x 68mm x 155mm so you won’t be printing anything too big.
There is a little bit of self assembly required but it’s quite easy and should only take you about 10 minutes.
The connectivity is not quite as convenient as it is with a lot of the other options on this list. Your only options are to use a USB stick or SD card to get your designs onto the printer. But fortunately, there is a touch screen on the front of the device to make choosing the design you want to print easier.
So overall it’s a pretty great 3d printer for the price but the lack of Wifi and small sized build area are something to keep in mind.
With a layer resolution of 0.1-0.3 mm, your prints should certainly be nice and sharp. And with a build area of 205mm x 205mm x 205mm (The biggest on this list so far) you’ll be able to make some reasonably big prints.
There is a little bit of assembly required, but don’t worry, it’s not very hard and should only take you about 10 minutes.
There is, unfortunately, no Wifi capabilities, you will have to use either a USB cable or USB stick. However, it does, fortunately, have a built in touch screen to make the printing process easier.
So overall, it’s a great low priced printer with a generous build volume and resolution, the only real setback would be the lack of Wifi connectivity.
It has a print resolution of 100 microns your prints should look nice and sharp. And with a build area of 140mm x 140mm x 140mm, it’s not the biggest of all the printers on this list but it’s certainly not the smallest.
There is a small amount of assembly required but it’s very quick and easy to do. Unfortunately, the only connectivity option is using an SD card. Fortunately tho, it does have a touch screen for selecting the file you want to print and monitoring the printing progress.
So overall it’s a pretty decent printer for the price but it lacks the convenience of Wifi connectivity.
With a layer resolution of 50 – 400 Microns your prints should look nice and sharp. And with a build area of 310mm x 310mm x 410mm, you will certainly have plenty of room to work with.
There is a little bit of assembly but it does come 90% assembled so it should take you no more than 10 – 20 minutes to complete.
As for connectivity, it does not come with Wifi functionality built in, you can install wifi yourself if you know how or just use a USB cable or SD card.
So overall, it’s a decent quality printer for the price, and if you want to be able to print bigger things this might be the one for you.
It uses direct UV light printing technology to be able to print layers as thin as 20 microns which will deliver some seriously high resolution prints.
But with a build area of only 115mm x 65mm x 100mm, you won’t be able to print anything too big.
Unlike a lot of printers on this list, this one comes pre-assembled so you can easily set it up and start printing within 5 minutes.
Unlike some of the printers on this list, it has Wifi connectivity to make printing nice and easy. If you don’t want to use Wifi, you can use an ethernet cable or a USB stick.
So overall, it’s a great printer for the price. If you don’t mind the smaller size and like the sound of high resolution prints, with no self assembly required and Wifi connectivity, then this just might be the one for you.
The Creality CR-10 is quite a big step up in price from the Hieha SQ1 at the time of writing this article, but it’s still within the $500 price range as promised in the title. So if you can afford the higher price, it just might be worth it.
With a maximum resolution of 100 microns, your prints should look nice and sharp. But where it really stands out is the size, it has a build area of 300mm x 300mm x 400mm making it the second biggest on this list.
There is a bit of assembly required but it’s not very hard and shouldn’t take too long. There are unfortunately no Wifi or USB cable options so you will have to use a micro SD card. But that’s not a huge deal, just something to keep in mind.
So overall, it’s a great quality printer and if you like the idea of a large build area it could definitely be the one for you.
It has a maximum resolution of 50 microns so your prints will look nice and detailed. And a build area of 101mm x 101mm x 127mm, so you won’t be printing anything too big but it’s a similar size to most of the other printers on this list.
The Printrbot come fully assembled so there’s no difficult assembly. But unfortunately, there is no Wifi functionality so you will have to use either a USB cable or a micro-SD card.
So overall, it’s a nice quality printer with high resolution printing and no assembly required. So if you don’t mind the high price tag, it could be the one for you.
So there you have it, 10 different 3D Printers all under $500. If you decide to get one of these, let us know which one and why in the comments section down below.