Best Budget 3D Printer in India under ₹ 20,000

Budget 3D Printer

A couple of years ago, a mini desktop 3D Printer with a print volume of about 100 mm x 100 mm x 100 mm was priced in Lakhs. But I think it would be safe to say that the device you are reading this text, costs more than a budget 3D Printer.


It’s easier than ever to find a budget 3D Printer without burning a hole in your wallet. A budget as low as INR 14,000 can get you an excellent Printer. Can you believe it? For just ₹ 14,000, you can make your own action figures that your parents wouldn’t get for you because you would break it within a week when you were young. But now, you can make as many as you want. I know, it is exciting!

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Our top picks under ₹ 20,000

Pros:

  • Highly beginner friendly
  • Affordable
  • Easy to assemble
  • High-quality prints out-of-the-box
  • Magnetic Flexible and Textured Print bed
  • Extremely modable and upgradable
  • Large User communities across the globe

Cons:

  • Auto-bed levelling not available
  • Tight Filament path can prove to be difficult to insert filaments
  • Magnetic bed can easily misalign

Pros:

  • Highly Affordable
  • Filament Detection Sensor
  • Auto-Bed Levelling
  • 2.8″ Touchscreen controls
  • Easy to assemble
  • Good Print quality out-of-the-box
  • Small footprint: suitable for desktop needs
  • 32bit Processor

Cons:

  • Included Cura Slicer software is ancient
  • Difficult to find a FFF profile
  • Needs fine tuning to get the accuracy
  • Unreliable support system

If you are a beginner and want to dive into the world of 3D Printing, then the Ender 3 Pro might be the perfect choice for you. Considering the price point, this machine produces high-quality prints out of the box. With a build volume of 220 x 220 x 250mm, a magnetic textured bed and a power recovery mode, this is a very user friendly and a budget 3D printer.

Upgradability

Are you the kind of person who likes to modify stuff just for the fun of it? Well! then you are gonna love this beautiful thing, because you can mod it to its core. Take a look at a few examples below:

But of course, everything has its cons.

Magnetic Flexible Print Bed

The magnetic flexible bed does live up to its hype, but it doesn’t snap into the desired position. It rather sticks to where it lands. This might not be a problem if the aluminum extrusion frames makes for a tight space for the print bed. If misaligned, then it could ruin your print. A minute of laziness could cost you hours worth of print. So, get off your glutes and check the alignment before a print job.

Budget 3D Printer

Bed Levelling

Moving on to the next, bed levelling. The stock bed level springs are flimsy and hence, you will have to spend at least 5 minutes before each print to make sure the bed is level. So, If you want a perfect first layer and don’t want to ruin the print bed when the nozzle digs into it, then you better level it.

Budget 3D Printer
Budget 3D Printer

Powerloss Recovery Mode

Another issue Indian residents can relate to is the abrupt power cuts. Although the Ender 3 Pro has a power recovery mode, you might still face layer shifts. Keep an eye on the print if it happens (but God forbid it doesn’t!).

Budget 3D Printer

Global Community

Given the affordability and the ease of use of this machine, there are thousands of communities online that you can tap into for tips, troubleshooting and any kind of help.

Putting the flaws aside, the Ender 3 Pro is a versatile machine that you will love spending time with. Just make sure you get the settings right, and you won’t believe the wonderful things this piece of machinery can produce.

Technical Specifications:

Modeling TechnologyFDM(Fused Deposition Modeling)
Printing Size220*220*250mm
Printing Speed≤180mm/s, normal 30-60mm/s
Printable Materials1.75mm PLA, ABS, Wood, TPU, Gradient color, carbon fiber, etc.
Working ModeOnline or SD card offline
Supported File FormatsSTL, OBJ, AMF
Slicing SoftwareCura, Repetier-Host, Simplify3D
Nozzle DiameterStandard 0.4mm, can be in 0.2, 0.3 mm
Printing Precision±0.1mm
Bed Temp≤110℃
Nozzle Temp≤250℃
Power Supply InputAC100-120V/6.8A 200-240V/3.4A/ 50/60Hz
OutputDC 24 V 270W

With the release of ET4 Pro, Anet printers are the most affordable and one of the best budget 3D printer out there. Costing less than ₹ 15,000, ET4 Pro boasts some features even a few pricier alternatives lack.

With an impressive print volume of 220 x 220 x 250mm, you can print models to your heart’s content without worrying about the bed levelling and if the filament would be enough for the print, thanks to the Auto-bed levelling and the Filament run out sensor.

Given that this is a budget 3D printer, it needs some attention setting up. But that is true to most if not all 3D Printers.

Menu

The menu lacks clarity on the functions of certain buttons. For example, to disable the stepper motors, you just have an icon ‘M’. It took me a while to realize what that was for. And another issue I faced with the menu was, after a print, it goes unresponsive. The printer needed to be powered off and back on to get it going again.

Budget 3D Printer

Touchscreen

Secondly, with a touchscreen, you would expect to directly select the model you want to print from the list. But sadly, that’s not the case here, you need to keep tapping the button to scroll through the list until you get to the model and then select it.

Budget 3D Printer

Build plate

The graphics on the build plate tend to stick to the print and peels off along with the model. Although it is not a major issue here, I wanted you to be aware.

Budget 3D Printer

Technical Specifications

Modeling TechnologyFDM(Fused Deposition Modeling)
Printing Size220*220*250mm
Printing Speed20 – 150 mm/s
Printable Materials1.75mm PLA, ABS, HIPS, etc.
Working ModeOnline or SD card/USB offline
Supported File FormatsSTL, OBJ
Slicing SoftwareCura, Simplify3D
Nozzle DiameterStandard 0.4mm, can be in 0.2, 0.3 mm
Printing Precision±0.1mm
Bed Temp≤100℃
Nozzle Temp≤250℃
Power Supply InputAC100-120V/6.8A 200-240V/3.4A/ 50/60Hz
OutputDC 24 V 270W

Overall, ET4 Pro can produce some great prints with a bit of tweaking. This is a good printer for those just starting out despite the imperfections.

Hope you’ve chosen the budget 3D Printer that suits your needs. Now that you’ve decided which Printer to buy, confused about where to order it from? We’ve got you covered: Top 3 places to buy FDM 3D Printer in India.

If you are looking for a machine that is an upgrade to the Ender 3 Pro, then you should definitely go for the Ender 3 V2. More on that in a later article.

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