Give the gift of 3D printing this festive season! Here's a collection of 3D printers, accessories and more to inspire your gifting this year.
Stuck for 3D printing-related ideas this gift-giving season? Look no further!
Compiled from the opinions and wish-lists of the All3DP office, we present our gift guide for the 3D printing folks of the world. From beginners to pros, there should be something to satisfy even the most curmudgeonly of Grinches this Christmas.
From our favorite printers to filaments, tools, upgrades and books, you’ll find wallet-busting big ticket items and stocking fillers galore. Plus we’ll add new items over the coming weeks as we find them.
Think of this as your ever-evolving source of giftable 3D printing goodness.
Note that some of the items in this list are available in several variants (i.e. filaments in 1.75mm and 3mm diameter). We default to 1.75mm in this guide.
What is it? A firm favorite in the All3DP office, Monoprice’s entry-level 3D printer is ideal for beginners and experienced users alike. No fuss, decent print quality and affordable to boot.
What is it? Another of All3DP’s favorite 3D printers. And for good reason; the Lulzbot Mini is simple to use, open-source and reliable as heck.
What is it? If the gift giving season is your chance to win someone over, this is the printer to do it. Just don’t expect delivery anytime before February. A cardboard cutout with an E.T.A scrawled across it might do the trick.
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What is it? Loaded with Octoprint and plugged in to most 3D printers’ USB port, a Raspberry Pi can gift its user superpowers. Remote print viewing, job queuing and myriad other useful features make it a safe 3D printer upgrade.
What is it? More or less the de facto “best” hot end to fit on a single extruder 3D printer, e3D’s hot end upgrade gives reliability like few others, plus great high-temperature performance with specialty filaments like nylon and carbon-fibers.
Price: From $73
What is it? Swapping out a no-name extruder for a Bondtech can make the difference between so-so prints and sublime extrusion-ey goodness. The BMG works in direct drive and Bowden setups. Be mindful that the basic unit ships without a stepper motor to drive it.
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What is it? If non-sticking 3D prints are getting a loved one down, a print bed upgrade could be just the thing to put a spring in their step. A sheet of adhesive backed grip, it encourages first layer adhesion like billy-ho. Take note that we’re linking to the 8″x 8″ version here — different sizes are available.
What is it? The saying goes that diamonds are girl’s best friend. A ruby-tipped nozzle could well be a 3D printer’s. The Olsson Ruby is super tough and resistant to the most abrasive filaments out there.
What is it? This neat little gizmo gives bed-leveling capability to 3D printers that ordinarily would not have it. Riding shotgun to the nozzle, it touches the build plate to determine bed-leveling.
What is it? One of the few slicer softwares you need to pay for, Simplify3D makes up for its boldness in asking for money (the nerve of some people) with rich 3D print-enhancing features like variable layer height settings and STL repair.
What is it? Autodesk’s premium 3D modeling software, Fusion36 makes the complex field of design relatively simple to pick up. And with a wealth of dedicated online learning resources, the budding 3D modeler in your life will be up and running in no time.
Price: From $40/month, $300/year
What is it? Gift the opportunity to test out three different types and colors of filament every month. A cool concept to spice up 3D printing, Rigid Ink’s subscription service also offers its members the chance to beta-test yet-to-release materials.
Note there’s a limited window to sign up — from the 18th – 20th each month — so act quick in December to sign up in time for Christmas.
What is it? Giving the heft of metal to 3D prints, this copper-laced filament can be post-processed to achieve an aged, green-hued oxidization burnish. Fun!
What is it? The overall winner of our recent test of different PETG filaments. PETG offers mechanical strength and ease of printing, provided the user’s printer has a heated print bed.
What is it? The festive season demands a little extra sparkle, and what better way than shiny filament! Fillamentum’s Gold Happens PLA should be a cinch to print, and gives a sparkly gold finish.
What is it? Spicing up 3D prints with a spooky glow-in-the-dark look, this specialty PLA filament offers something different to boring, non-glowing hues.
What is it? A comprehensive introduction to 3D printing processes, technologies and players, this 20-chapter briefing is essential reading for beginners and pros alike.
What is it? The evergreen for dummies series has a robust entry for 3D printing. Consistently a best-seller for the category on Amazon, it serves as a great entry point for complete beginners looking to get acquainted and figure what to do next.
What is it? By no means a 3D printing staple, but an essential multi tool all the same. Be it building up a printer kit, cleaning a messy print or quickly snipping a borked end of filament, an always-at-hand multi tool has the solution.
What is it? Simple non-toxic print bed adhesive with little more pizaz than your run of the mill painter’s tape or hair spray. Comes in a convenient glue-stick style applicator.
What is it? Again, not a 3D printing tool per se, but handy in a pinch for quick and easy printed support removal and, with the correct application, smoothing and buffing out prints.
What is it? Purpose built to remove stubborn prints with ease, BuildTak’s print prying spatula can get to work separating a print from the print bed with less risk of damaging the print bed itself.
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