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Lowering Prices on 3D Printers Brings More Accessibility

By Staff Writter

Lowering Prices on 3D Printers Brings More Accessibility

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When it comes to enjoying 3D printing opportunities, price can make a huge difference in whether or not we invest in a 3D printer. While many of them have become much more affordable, they still fall within the $300-$400 range or higher, which isn't affordable for everybody. With some families still on tight budgets, that can take a huge chunk out of their savings or monthly food bill.

The same goes for schools that are slowly but surely getting 3D printers in classrooms for kids to use. As many public schools continue to struggle with their own budgets, it's not easy for them to buy a 3D printer without someone donating one to them.

Yes, many 3D printers are being donated, even internationally. However, most people are going to have to pay for a printer in order to get one in their business or home. Before long, prices may be going down even further thanks to several different companies producing 3D printers that are made with more ingenious methods to help lower the price. But this may be a watershed year in the consumer-grade 3D printer finally being more accessible financially to the masses.

Crowd Funding Helping Push Forward Lower-Priced Printers

It seems many new 3D printer companies go through Kickstarter or Indiegogo lately go help get their printers funded. When you can entice people with a lower price that goes below $300, you can see why some of them meet their goals faster than anything else. Fortunately, some printers being funded on these sites do go below $300 in price and will probably be on the market before long thanks to meeting their budget goals.

However, is there a stigma involved when someone sees a lower price on new technology? Some of us are automatically geared to think that the quality is going to be lowered if we see a budget version of something already available in more expensive versions. One cheaper 3D printer being funded on Indiegogo (New Matter) is designed to print with an axis that moves up and down rather than multiple directions. This doesn't affect the quality of the print, though it just takes a little longer.

Hopefully the marketing behind these 3D printers will remind people that just because you're paying less doesn't mean you'll necessarily have to suffer for quality. If it used to be that way with electronics, 3D printers can basically be designed in different, more economical ways to give you the same results and the same opportunities.

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Schools investing in 3d printers, please don't look at price only. Get someone involved who nows the pros and cons of 3d printing. Many of the very cheap 3d printers cause a lot of investment in getting the print done as it should be, which, in many cases result in dissapointed kids and teachers leaving the 3d printer in the corner! We only use printers who are easy to use, reliable ad with a great servicelevel if anything went wrong!!! 3D printing is not like using a dvd player (yet)