Best Chinese 3D Printers on the Market 

Hi everyone! Today, we will tell you about the best 3D printers manufactured by Chinese companies, which have greatly contributed to the development of additive manufacturing. In this article, we list both FDM and resin solutions, dividing them based on their price range. Here, you will find the best Chinese 3D printers better suited for beginners, enthusiasts, or seasoned professionals. 

 

FDM 3D Printers

3D printers under $500

Anycubic i3 Mega S

 

Specifications

  • Extrusion type: Single
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
  • Build volume: 210 x 210 x 205 mm
  • Max. print speed: 100 mm/s (recommended 60 mm/s)
  • Min. layer thickness: 100 µm
  • XY accuracy: 12 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 410 x 405 x 452 mm
  • Weight: 14.5 kg
  • Connectivity: SD card, USB
  • Price: $239.00

 

Overview

The Anycubic i3 Mega S is an affordable all-metal FDM 3D printer that provides high-quality prints while costing less than $250. Minimum shaking and vibrations allow for more accuracy and repeatability. The Ultrabase heated platform, print resumption after a power failure, and the mechanical filament sensor streamline your printing experience taking care of the most common problems. The sensitive, multilingual touch screen ensures easy navigation and operation. The Anycubic i3 Mega can be easily upgraded to meet your requirements. With the 0.4 mm nozzle, the device is able to produce accurate, smooth-surfaced models with a high level of detail. The print head uses rods with linear bearings; the machine also features double-Z limit switches, making it more powerful and accurate.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Filament detection and print recovery;
  • Great quality and material compatibility;
  • Affordable 3D printer.

Cons:

  • No actual auto bed leveling;
  • A little noisy.

 

Print example

An interesting model by hobbyist @ill_mandy528.

Source: instagram.com

 

Creality Ender 5 Pro

 

Specifications

  • Extrusion type: Single
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm 
  • Build volume: 220 x 220 x 300 mm
  • Min. layer thickness: 100 µm
  • XY accuracy: ±100 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 552 x 485 x 510 mm
  • Weight: 26 kg
  • Connectivity: SD card, USB
  • Price: $414.99

 

Overview

An upgraded version of the well-known budget Ender 5, the Pro version features open-frame aluminum construction granting high stability and precision while keeping the printer easily accessible. This affordable kit has a soft magnetic self-adhesive heated bed, a metal extruding module, and an independent motherboard ensuring quiet operation. The wear-resistant, firm structure includes high-standard V-slot profiles and pulleys along with a double Y-axis control system, which makes for stable, smooth operation and higher durability. The printer is ideal for rapid prototyping and home use, being employed to print a variety of models including figures, toys, buildings, prosthetics, and so on.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Print recovery after a power outage;
  • Removable heated bed;
  • Super quiet operation;
  • Large build volume.

Cons:

  • No filament runout sensor;
  • Excessive wiring.

 

Print example

Amazing models of Hatsune Miku, the Japanese Vocaloid, printed by @benerullanart.

Source: instagram.com

 

3D printers under $1000

Creality CR-10S Pro V2

 

Specifications

  • Extrusion type: Single
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm 
  • Build volume: 300 x 300 x 400 mm
  • Max. print speed: 180 mm/s
  • Min. layer thickness: 100 µm
  • XY accuracy: ±100 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 550 x 490 x 650 mm
  • Weight: 13.7 kg
  • Connectivity: SD card
  • Price: $616.99

 

Overview

The Creality CR-10S Pro V2 kit sports such smart features as a BL-Touch probe providing automatic bed leveling, a filament runout sensor, dual-gear extrusion, improved filament feeding tube, and a resume printing function. Besides, the device has a powerful 480W Mean Well power supply and a motherboard with an extra-silent stepper driver ensuring quiet operation.

The machine is perfect for entry-level users and more experienced makers. It is used to produce various household items, original designs, prototypes, accessories, tabletop models, souvenirs, props, and more. The extruder of the CR-10S Pro V2 is equipped with an upgraded fan for printing with PLA-type materials.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Large build volume;
  • Highly upgradable;
  • Sturdy and powerful.

Cons:

  • Open frame;
  • Inconsistent automatic bed leveling.

 

Print example

Source: instagram.com

 

Qidi Tech X-Pro

 

Specifications

  • Extrusion type: Dual
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm 
  • Build volume: 230 x 150 x 150 mm
  • Max. print speed: 100 mm/s
  • Min. layer thickness: 50 µm
  • XY accuracy: 11 µm
  • Weight: 28 kg
  • Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet
  • Price: $599.00

 

Overview

Made of strong aluminum frame and quality components, the Qidi Tech X-Pro is a personal FDM 3D printer used by hobbyists and students. Shipped mostly assembled, it will be up-and-running within an hour. It provides above-average print quality and, thanks to its robust design, ensures high accuracy and reliability. The heated print bed grants good adhesion without needing external aids. The X-Pro features power-off resume, flashy interface and Wi-Fi connectivity. It is equipped with a front door that closes magnetically and lets you easily access the print chamber. It’s been used to print a wide variety of models, including home decorations, gadgets, miniatures, and upgraded components.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Remarkable stability;
  • Print recovery after a power failure;
  • Redesigned double extruder;
  • Convenient price.

Cons:

  • The extrusion unit requires installation;
  • Manual bed leveling only.

 

Print example

A peculiar vase by @morrow3dprinting.

Source: instagram.com

 

Enthusiast/Professional 3D printers

Raise3D Pro2 Plus

 

Specifications

  • Extrusion type: Dual
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.2–0.8 mm 
  • Build volume: 305 x 305 x 605 mm
  • Max. print speed: 100 mm/s
  • Min. layer thickness: 10 µm
  • XY accuracy: 0.78125 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 620 x 590 x 1105 mm
  • Weight: 52 kg
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB
  • Price: $5,999.00

 

Overview

The Raise3D Pro2 model represents an upgraded version of the Raise3D N-Series. It has a fully enclosed chamber, aluminum frame, dual extruder, and the print recovery in case of a power outage. Although the printer resembles its predecessors, it has a number of structural differences and improvements. Thanks to the ability of the hotend to heat up to 300 °C, the machine supports a wide range of consumables including PLA, ABS, HIPS, TPU, FLEX, nylon, bronze, wood, carbon, and some others. The device features a HEPA filter which absorbs more than 91% of harmful substances. The well-designed kinematics and replaceable nozzles add to the excellent print quality and high accuracy. (It is advisable to use a 0.2 mm nozzle for better detail.) The extruder is equipped with filament runout sensors, ensuring more reliable printing. Switching between extruders takes less than one second. For the user to be able to monitor the print process remotely, there is a webcam embedded in the device. The 7" touch screen with color interface ensures convenient, comprehensive control.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Large build volume;
  • Outstanding print accuracy;
  • Print recovery after a power failure;
  • Filament runout sensors;
  • The webcam inside the device allows monitoring the printing process remotely.

Cons:

  • Possibly tricky calibration;
  • No notification once a print is finished.

 

Print example

A skull of Tyrannosaurus Rex made with the Raise3D Pro2 Plus by maker @james_drake1.

Source: instagram.com

 

Qidi Tech X-Max

 

Specifications

  • Extrusion type: Single
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm 
  • Build volume: 300 x 250 x 300 mm
  • Max. print speed: 150 mm/s
  • Min. layer thickness: 50 µm
  • XY accuracy: 11 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 600 x 550 x 600 mm
  • Weight: 27.9 kg
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, USB, Wi-Fi
  • Price: $1,299.00

 

Overview

The Qidi Tech X-Max is a large-sized, semi-professional device aimed at hobbyists, students, tinkerers, and professionals. It comes with such noteworthy features as easy bed leveling, silent operation, good air filtering, Wi-Fi connectivity, pause-and-print function, power-outage recovery, high build quality, and dual-Z axis. Although it is a single extrusion machine, the Tech X-Max benefits from two extruders that support different kinds of materials, standard or high-performance ones. Backed by a reliable support service and ongoing upgrades, it delivers accurate prints with great quality at a good price point. It is used to print a wide variety of objects, including ornaments, characters, cosplay accessories, and functional elements.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Large build volume;
  • Advanced technology;
  • Smart features;
  • Supports specialty filaments.

Cons:

  • No filament runout sensor;
  • Lack of remote control and monitoring options.

 

Print example

 

TierTime X5

 

Specifications

  • Extrusion type: Single
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.2–0.5 mm 
  • Build volume: 180 x 230 x 200 mm
  • Max. print speed: 200 mm/s
  • Min. layer thickness: 50 µm
  • XY accuracy: 100 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 850 x 625 x 520 mm
  • Weight: 52 kg
  • Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet
  • Price: $3,699.00

 

Overview

The Tiertime X5 is a continuous 3D printer targeted at small-scale manufacturing. It adopts a Melted Extrusion Modeling technology and was designed for printing multiple objects without interruption. To achieve this goal, it is engineered with a build plate auto-swapping mechanism and a clever print queue management function. It is a sturdy, reliable printer with a fully-enclosed design.

Thanks to the auto-swapping system, the device is capable of automatically ejecting a completed print from the build plate and reloading up to 8 trays, starting a new job immediately. Additionally, the printer has a pause-and-print function, an end-of-the-filament detection system, and an internal build plate vault that can house 12 print beds. These smart features make X5's exceptional peculiarity possible. The device is also equipped with a heated bed, which is automatically calibrated after each print.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Continuous 3D printing;
  • High level of automation;
  • Air filtration system;
  • Automatic tray replacement system.

Cons:

  • In spite of the chamber illumination, it is difficult to see what’s going on inside.

 

Print example

A beautiful rose bouquet by @dtslasia.

Source: instagram.com

 

Resin 3D Printers

3D printers under $500

Anycubic Photon S

 

Specifications

  • Optical system: UV LCD (wavelength 405 nm)
  • Build volume: 115 x 65 x 165 mm
  • Max. print speed: 20 mm/h
  • Min. layer thickness: 25 µm
  • XY accuracy: 47 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 230 x 200 x 400 mm
  • Weight: 5.9 kg
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Price: $419.00

 

Overview

Being an improved version of the original Anycubic Photon, the Photon S model boasts upgraded software and hardware that make the operation more convenient and the prints more accurate. Other upgrades include an enhanced UV LED and a charcoal air filter. A new Z-axis dual linear rail enhances the stability of printing by reducing wobbles and improving print results. With the layer thickness of 25 microns, it is possible to make objects with smooth surfaces and complex geometries, and the pause-and-play function enables you to check the status of printing. The device is operated via a convenient touch screen with an intuitive menu.

The Anycubic Photon S is used in small-scale production and prototyping (jewels, art designs, miniatures). It is available at quite a competitive price.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Great price/performance ratio;
  • Easy to set up and operate;
  • Accurate details;
  • User-friendly, simple-to-use slicer.

Cons:

  • Relatively small size of the build chamber (typical for the segment).

 

Print example

Source: instagram.com

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Anycubic Photon Zero

 

Specifications

  • Optical system: 405 nm UV LED
  • Build volume: 97 x 54 x 150 mm
  • Max. print speed: 30 mm/h
  • Min. layer thickness: 10 µm
  • XY accuracy: 115 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 180 x 195 x 367 mm
  • Weight: 4.7 kg
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Price: $219.00

 

Overview

This smaller version of the original Photon comes with a 480 x 854 pixels LCD screen and uses 405 nm matrix UV light technology. It is available at a very convenient price, making resin 3D printing accessible to anyone. Compact and cheap, it is the perfect fit for almost any desk.

The device comes fully assembled. Despite its low price tag, the Anycubic Photon Zero includes some thoughtful features and improvements. For example, it combines linear rail and lead screw for better Z-axis motion. This results in higher accuracy and quality printing results. The UV module has been upgraded, too. It relies on a parallel lights matrix that provides uniform distribution of the light for higher print quality. The resin tank includes level marks to easily check the resin level at a glance. Also, it benefits from a quick FEP replacement mechanism. Ideal for beginners, the printer can be used to produce a variety of tiny models with decent print quality.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Extremely convenient price;
  • Quick FEP replacement;
  • High-precision Z-axis motion.

Cons:

  • Proprietary software only.

 

Print example

An enchanting palace printed with the Photon Zero by @rmsilver7.

Source: instagram.com

 

Creality LD-002R

 

Specifications

  • Optical system: UV integrated lamp bead (wavelength 405 nm)
  • Build volume: 119 x 65 x 160 mm
  • Max. print speed: 30 mm/h
  • Min. layer thickness: 20 µm
  • XY accuracy: 75 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 221 x 221 x 403 mm
  • Weight: 7 kg
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Price: $239.99

 

Overview

The Creality LD-002R comes with an all-metal body with CNC-machined aluminum parts. Its robust fully-enclosed case helps reduce vibrations, providing higher quality outputs. The printer adopts a Z-axis ball screw and single linear rail, which ensures steady yet accurate movement. The quick manual leveling system lets you align the build plate to the LCD screen only by loosening 4 hex screws.

The printer comes with a resin vat with a redesigned structure which includes a special long-lasting FEP release film tightened from both sides of the tank. Thanks to its configuration, by removing the film you will be able to remove any residue from the tank. The device is equipped with an effective air filtering system composed of a dual-fan system and an active carbon air filtering. Thus, it is able to minimize odors and harmful emissions while printing. Ideal for home and educational uses, it can be employed to produce a broad range of resin models with ease.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Extremely convenient price;
  • Air filtering and purification system;
  • User-friendly design.

Cons:

  • Controversial perforated build plate;
  • Some users complain about the quality of the touch screen.

 

Print example

Source: instagram.com

 

3D printers under $1000

Wanhao GR 1

 

Specifications

  • Optical system: 6.3-inch 2K LCD
  • Build volume: 140 x 78 x 180 mm
  • Max. print speed: 33 mm/h
  • Min. layer thickness: 10 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 500 x 280 x 260 mm
  • Weight: 12.5 kg
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Price: $669.00

 

Overview

The Wanhao GR 1 is a desktop-sized resin 3D printer and an advanced version of the Wanhao D7 Plus. Powerful yet affordable, the GR 1 comes with a larger active build volume and lets you create parts with a resolution of 54 microns.

The printer uses a direct UV MSLA LCD technology and is equipped with a 6.3" 2K LCD panel. The custom-made UV light array has 9% extra power than standard resin printers. It relies on Uniformtrix technology, which grants up to 89% optical uniformity without distortion. Unlike its predecessor, the GR 1 features an improved and more durable metal construction with enhanced linear guides, dual Z-axis rails, and an openable window. It also includes a radiator fan and a built-in power supply for safe use. The device comes fully assembled to start printing just out of the box.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • High level of detail;
  • Air filtration system;
  • Decent build volume;
  • Uniformtrix technology.

Cons:

  • Manual calibration only.

 

Print example

A refined miniature by @cholubin.

Source: instagram.com

 

Wanhao Duplicator 7 Plus

 

Specifications

  • Optical system: 405 nm UV lamp, DLP curing system
  • Build volume: 120 x 68 x 200 mm
  • Max. print speed: 35 mm/h
  • Min. layer thickness: 35 µm
  • XY accuracy: 0.1 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 200 x 200 x 430 mm
  • Weight: 12 kg
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, SD card
  • Price: $799.00

 

Overview

This one is a professional 3D printer by the renowned Chinese company Wanhao. This Duplicator 7 Plus is capable of printing small 3D models, highly detailed and with complex shapes. It is one of the most affordable DLP printers currently available on the market. Compared to its predecessor, it comes with some noteworthy improvements, including higher accuracy down to 0.0001 mm, a redesigned touch screen, better air-cooling system, and faster print speed.

The device features a triple cooling fan minimizing the risk of overheating. The auto-generated supports are easy to detach by hand, ensuring smooth results. A redesigned control box has been integrated into the machine. The built-in touch screen gives you full access to all the printing settings. The Duplicator 7 Plus comes almost fully-assembled, you only have to set up the build plate and fill the resin tank.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • High precision;
  • Fast printing speed;
  • Great price for a DLP printer.

Cons:

  • Cooling fans are relatively weak.

 

Print example

 

Enthusiast/Professional 3D printers

Flashforge Hunter

 

Specifications

  • Optical system: 405 nm LED
  • Build volume: 120 x 67.5 x 150 mm
  • Max. print speed: 10 mm/h
  • Min. layer thickness: 25 µm
  • XY accuracy: 62.5 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 360 x 309 x 614 mm
  • Weight: 17.7 kg
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, USB
  • Price: $3,999.00

 

Overview

The Flashforge Hunter is notable for producing objects of exceptional quality. The device employs a self-developed full HD projector that ensures more stability and greater printing quality. It also comes with a durable resin vat made of aluminum and adopts a purpose-built light engine. The engine can be tuned to specific wavelengths ensuring uniform UV exposure and high printing quality. The printer adopts a linear motion system that allows achieving fine surface finishes with faster build times.

The printer is controlled via a color touch screen and a button with a simple and intuitive UI. This versatile machine is used to print hearing aids, dental impressions, castable ring models, and many other functional tools. It is also suitable to print small, highly precise and accurate models.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Outstanding print quality;
  • High-quality proprietary light engine;
  • Intuitive UI.

Cons:

  • Inconvenient film replacement.

 

Print example

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Wanhao Duplicator 8

 

Specifications

  • Optical system: 405 nm UV LED array design with 90% optical uniformity
  • Build volume: 192 x 120 x 180 mm
  • Max. print speed: 30 mm/h
  • Min. layer thickness: 35 µm
  • XY accuracy: 75 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 450 x 450 x 600 mm
  • Weight: 12 kg
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, USB 
  • Price: $1999.00

 

Overview

Another great product by Wanhao, the Duplicator 8 is capable of printing one full layer at once with Z-axis resolution up to 10 microns. It is equipped with a temperature controller, 2K high-definition LCD, inner air-filtration system, and resin sensor. The high resolution of the printer provides fine, quality details.

3D models can be printed via USB flash drive or over Wi-Fi. You will be able to print wirelessly in 3 simple steps by dragging and dropping your 3D models from your device to the printer.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • High print speed;
  • Real-time operation via Wi-Fi;
  • Fairly large build volume;
  • Plug-and-play; easy to operate.

Cons:

  • No print recovery after a power outage;
  • Noise.

 

Print example

Source: instagram.com

 

Uniz Slash Pro

 

Specifications

  • Optical system: 5500 Lux blue LED array liquid cooling system
  • Build volume: 192 x 120 x 400 mm
  • Max. print speed: 200 mm/h
  • Min. layer thickness: 10 µm
  • XY accuracy: 75 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 350 x 400 x 730 mm
  • Weight: 18 kg
  • Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet
  • Price: $4,499.00

 

Overview

An upgraded version of the standard Uniz Slash, the Pro version shares all the main features of the original model while relying on the innovative proprietary Uni-Directional Peel (UDP) technology. Based on the reduction of the up-and-down peel to a one-directional action, this technology increases the print speed of the resin printer up to 600 mm/hr, without the need of pure oxygen or exotic separation materials. The high speed is also achievable thanks to the effective liquid cooling system adopted.

The Slash Pro UDP printer has a stable structure, which helps reduce column distortion, and its large print volume allows producing big parts in one go, making intricate geometries up to 400 mm tall. Thanks to its accuracy and capability, the Slash Pro can be used by both hobbyists and professionals. The final resolution and surface finish of the printed models makes them ready-to-use fresh off the printer.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Ultra-fast resin printing;
  • Proprietary peel technology;
  • Huge print volume.

Cons:

  • Price.

 

Print example

 

Uniz Slash 2

 

Specifications

  • Optical system: 5500 (±300) Lux blue LED array R/I matched liquid cooling
  • Build volume: 192 x 120 x 200 mm
  • Max. print speed: 200 mm/h
  • Min. layer thickness: 10 µm
  • XY accuracy: 50 µm
  • Outer dimensions: 350 x 400 x 530 mm
  • Weight: 15 kg
  • Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet
  • Price: $3,500.00

 

Overview

The Uniz Slash 2 is a next-gen 3D printer powered by an 8.9" 4K ultra HD LCD light engine. The printer adopts a powerful 6-core CPU with 4GB RAM capable of ensuring a high level of dimensional accuracy and resolution.

The stable and robust device is composed of CNC-machined/cast aluminum parts and injection-molded elements. It features a strong, easy-to-remove dual-layer vat designed to be used with all Uniz resins. The device boasts a reliable and user-friendly 4K LCD screen, which can be easily replaced. The Uniz Slash 2 can be used for producing dental models, jewelry, miniatures, and figures.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Custom-designed long-life LCD;
  • Ultra-durable resin tank;
  • Intelligent thermal design;
  • Large build volume.

Cons:

  • No screen to control the device without the PC/mobile connection;
  • Unlikely affordable for hobbyists.

 

Print example

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