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2019 Best Prusa i3 MK3S Clones & Alternatives

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by Azzura Lalani
May 24, 2019

Though the Prusa i3 MK3S offers exceptional print quality, reliability and decent pricing, there are qualities it lacks. Check out our favorite Prusa clones and alternatives to see the bonuses they offer.

Maybe you’re not sure about all the Prusa hype, or maybe you’re looking for something the MK3S doesn’t offer. Whatever the case may be, we’ve narrowed down a list of the best Prusa i3 MK3S clones and alternatives to help you find the right machine for your needs.

Whether it’s dual extrusion, a closed-box design, better ABS handling or perks like CNC milling and a laser engraver, these machines are more than up to the task of competing against the mighty Prusa.

2019 Best Prusa i3 MK3S Clones & Alternatives
PrinterMax Build VolumeExtrusionPrinting MaterialsFilament End DetectionAuto Bed LevelingClosed Box DesignPriceCheck Price
Matterhackers Pulse250 x 220 x 215 mmSinglePLA, ABS, flexibleYesYesUpgrade option$799
BEEVERYCREATIVE B2X300 DIY Kit300 x 200 x 300 mmDualPLA, ABS, flexibleYesYesNo$736
Snapmaker125 x 125 x 125 mmSinglePLA, ABS, flexibleNoNoNo$799
Tiertime UP mini 2 ES120 x 120 x 120 mmSinglePLA, ABS, flexibleNoYes Yes$699
Flashforge Creator Pro 227 x 148 x 150 mmDualABS, PLA, flexibleNoNoYes$899
CR-10S Pro300 × 300 × 400 mmDouble gearPLA, ABS, flexibleYesYesNo$715
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Prusa i3 MK3S Clones & Alternatives Matterhackers Pulse

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The MatterHackers Pulse 3D printer. (Source: MatterHackers)

MatterHackers’ Pulse was built using Prusa’s open source design and can be custom assembled based on what features you’re looking for.

Its base price is $799 and it’s a solid choice if you’re planning on printing in primarily PLA and PLA hybrid filaments. It can also handle PETG, Nylon, ABS and other materials. The standard Pulse also comes with a heated print bed and auto bed leveling.

However, the real beauty of this machine is its customizations. Matterhackers charges you for the upgrades, but doesn’t add on an additional charge for the labor.

Possible upgrades include an Olsson Ruby Nozzle, a Bondtech extruder and hardened steel nozzle, a filament run out sensor, a Garolite bed and an enclosure kit (among others).

If you’re looking for a fully customized printer right out of the box that’s already fine-tuned by the folks at MatterHackers, this could be the machine for you.

Bonus feature: This machine has a lot to offer in the way of customization, while also providing high-quality prints.

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Prusa i3 MK3S Clones & Alternatives BEEVERYCREATIVE B2X300 DIY Kit

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This Portuguese 3D printing technology manufacturer is dedicated to creating innovative solutions and it’s B2X300 DIY Kit is nothing short of that.

BEEVERYCREATIVE is perhaps best known for its work on the MELT project for the European Space Agency.

Launched in September 2018, this machine for makers boasts metal dual extruders, a sizeable build volume of 300 x 200 x 300 mm, auto bed leveling and silent trinamic drivers.

The printer handles a wide range of materials, including PLA, ABS, PETG, NYLON, wood filament and metal filament. It has a full metal frame, power loss detection and recovery, a removable glass build plate and filament end detection.

It’s not BEEVERYCREATIVE’s first time creating a Prusa-esque printer. In 2015 it launched the helloBEEprusa, a 3D printer DIY kit.

For this printer, it gathered user feedback on everything from quality control issues, problems and concerns. It also analyzed what competitors were producing and what customers wanted in a 3D printer.

The result is the B2X300, which has received solid reviews and is definitely an alternative to the Prusa, especially if you’re looking for dual extrusion.

Bonus feature: Dual extrusion in a Prusa-esque package


Prusa i3 MK3S Clones & Alternatives Snapmaker

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While the Prusa Mi3 delivers beautiful prints, that’s the limit of its abilities. The Snapmaker, a jack-of-all-trades, is a 3D printer, laser engraver and CNC carver all in one.

This compact machine launched on Kickstarter in 2017 and raised over $2.27 million from 5,050 backers, making it the third most funded 3D printing project on the crowdfunding site.

It comes in an all-metal aluminum frame with a heated bed, is easy to assemble and has an LCD touchscreen.

Its engraving laser is 200 mW and can burn designs into wood, leather and other similar materials. Meanwhile, its CNC mill can handle wood, acrylic, foam and even carbon fiber.

Though the build volume is relatively small, if you’re looking for something that can do more than 3D print — and for an affordable price of $799 — this could be all you need.

Bonus feature: It does so much more than 3D print. This little machine also features a CNC carver plus laser engraving.

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Prusa i3 MK3S Clones & Alternatives Tiertime UP mini 2 ES

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UP mini 2 (PRNewsFoto/Tiertime)

This mini but mighty machine is an excellent alternative to a Prusa 3D printer if you’re planning on printing with ABS.

Its premium safety features like a HEPA filter and closed box design make it ideal for working with this finicky (and stinky) material.

It also boasts a separate caddy to protect filament from air exposure, can resume a print after a loss of power, touchscreen controls, auto bed leveling and it’s not loud.

Both machines offer some top-tier safety features that are perfect for printing with ABS filament.

They’re compact, easy to operate, boast a HEPA filter to eat up noxious fumes, a separate filament caddy to protect filament from air exposure, has blackout recovery, touchscreen controls, auto-bed leveling and works quietly.

The ES also boasts an upgraded touchscreen and Ethernet connectivity and has a build volume of 120 x 120 x 120 mm.

Though both versions have a limited build volume, unlike the older printer, the ES has an SD card slot.

Regardless of which iteration you pick, the machines’ advantages truly stand out against the competition at their price point.

Bonus feature: This little guy makes ABS printing easy peasy.

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Prusa i3 MK3S Clones & Alternatives Flashforge Creator Pro

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FlashForge Creator Pro 3D printer metal frame. Source: Amazon

This sleek, closed-box design machine is easy to use, affordable and boasts a dual-extruder.

The Flashforge Creator Pro has two nozzles which let you print two different materials at the same time, even if they need to be heated at completely different temperatures.

Due to the sturdy closed-box design, this 3D printer is well equipped to handle ABS, since it can maintain a consistent temperature within. It can also handle PVA and PLA.

Though it doesn’t offer auto bed leveling, the Creator Pro does have a heated bed and offers connectivity via USB and SD cards.

It offers a build volume of  227 x 148 x 150 mm and costs under $900.

Bonus feature: Dual extrusion in a closed-box design. Need we say more?

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Prusa i3 MK3S Clones & Alternatives CR-10S Pro

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The CR-10S Pro is Chinese 3D printer manufacturer Creality’s upgraded version of the popular CR-10 and CR-10S.

It boasts auto bed leveling, a touchscreen display, filament detection and can resume prints after a power-outage or pause.

The printer has a generous build volume of 300 × 300 × 400 mm, but doesn’t have a closed-box design. It can handle PLA, ABS, TPU and composite filaments.

At just over $700, it’s a definite alternative to the Prusa and even offers an extra reliable power supply by Mean Well and a double gear extruder.

Bonus feature: A bigger build space, touchscreen display and it’s cheaper than a Prusa.

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