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FlashForge 3d Printer Creator Pro

Pros: A well-built machine that comes with excellent customer support. Makes printing easy with intuitive user controls.

Cons: Nozzles sometimes clog, and the instructions lack detail for those new to 3D printing. Y-Axis motor mount is a bit weak.

Summary: Comes with an abundance of pros and a sprinkling of cons, but also carries a hefty price tag. Still the best machine available to the public.
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XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer

Pros: Unit is self-enclosed and comes with a self-leveling bed. Can run for hours with no issues.

Cons: Slow printing speed. Does not interface with Wi-Fi. Software and firmware is not up to par.

Summary: An excellent entry-level machine at a terrific price for those who want minimal difficulty and quick results.
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ROBO 3D R1 Fully Assembled 3D Printer

Pros: Offers excellent options for a variety of print materials. Price paid for quality and ease of use is exceptional.

Cons: Frequent reports of technical problems. Customer support is also not very helpful.

Summary: A strong performer that works wonderfully - when it works and is not causing trouble.
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HIC Prusa I3 3D Desktop Printer DIY

Pros: The unit is built well and is of good quality. Widely used software included with unit makes support simple.

Cons: Parts list does not list all included parts. Some users have seen parts arrive damaged. Instructional video is poor. Requires some assembly.

Summary: A low-price option for 3D printing, but that's all. Don't expect anything more than the basics.
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Printrbot Assembled Metal Simple 3D Printer

Pros: Praised as a good model for beginners. Is easy to set up and use. Excellent instructions and customer service support.

Cons: Printer bed is prone to being misaligned. The auto-leveling probe is suspect. Software issues crop up too often.

Summary: An excellent machine for those getting started in 3D printing at a manageable price.