5 cool 3D printers for less than $500

Most 3D printers will set you back a pretty penny, but there are a few out there for less than $500. Here are five worth looking into.
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5 cool 3D printers for less than $500

The vast majority of 3D printers, even those for hobbyists or “makers,” will typically run you north of $1,500 (and often more than $2,500). But a few models can be had on the cheap.

3D printer “kits” tend to be the least expensive models, but they require assembly. Depending on how handy you are with tools and directions, it may be worth paying the additional $100 or so to buy a fully assembled model.

Here are five options for inexpensive 3D printers, both assembled and unassembled. Note that not all of these are available on the retail market yet. Some, like the Buccaneer and Peachy Printer, are prototypes and can only be obtained by donating to their project on crowdfunding website Kickstarter

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