If you’ve landed on this page, you no doubt already know what a delta 3D printer is and what its defining characteristics are, so we’ll spare you the preamble.
However, for those that would like a quick breakdown of the delta 3D printer and what separates it from the pack, check out our spiffy guide 3D Printers Explained: Delta, Cartesian, Polar, Scara.
To make this list, we looked across a range of sources including user reviews, ratings, chatter online plus a smattering of our own editorial opinion. We’re focusing on desktop machines here since the industrial and production delta 3D printer is a rare beast that falls a little outside our sphere of expertise. The list below orders the printers by price (ascending) alone. If you think we missed something, shout us out in the comments.
Without further ado, let’s have at it.
We were reluctant to include this wee beasty in our list, given that we were provided an early beta unit by Monoprice that promptly decided to eat itself to destruction shortly after arrival and has sat unloved in the corner of our print room for the better part of a year now.
Teething issues aside — of which there has been many, judging by the online reception to the Mini — it would seem Monoprice has settled things down somewhat with later batches of this diminutive delta 3D printer.
Indeed, only recently has a fresh batch been made available on the US company’s web store with a limit of one per customer. Whether quite the demand exists for it, we’re not sure.
What we are sure of though, is that at $159.99 it is possibly the most affordable delta 3D printer, kit or otherwise. You get a heated print bed and WiFi connectivity — things you’re half-likely to find on printers many-fold its price. Small change for features like that and the convenience of not having to build it yourself.
The print area is tiny though, at just 110 x 120mm.
Cheap and cheerful, the BIQU Magician as we know it from our recent review is not without its flaws.
Printing PLA with nary a hint of trouble, this quirky little machine can churn through print after print with relish. We were on track to give it a glowing review, before shoddy construction and quality control issues put the brakes on our affection for the Biqu Magician.
Be in no two minds though; it’s a great little printer — terrific for quick decorative prints. But you’ll have to be prepared to look past potential show-stopping flaws if you’re particularly unlucky with the unit you receive.
By popular demand, we’ve reconsidered the inclusion of the Anycubic Kossel Linear Plus on this list.
The mechanically pimped version of Anycubics’s kit Kossel delta printer, the Anycubic Kossel Linear Plus features a generous build volume of ø230 x 300 mm with sturdy linear rails for travel of the printer’s three arms.
Currently available for approximately $200 – $300 dollars, depending on where you shop, it presents remarkable value for money, considering that other budget deltas typically offer piddly print volumes.
A cheaper version is also available, which features a smaller build volume and pulleys instead of linear rails.
Packing the largest build volume of all the desktop printers we list here, Tevo’s Little Monster is the manufacturer’s first and currently only foray into the high-speed world of the delta 3D printer.
For a 3D printer kit that is just tickling the lower side of quadruple digits for its price, it comes with its fair share of eccentricities that may or may not be a deal-breaker. On the plus side, it comes with a BLTouch mechanical bed leveling probe, Ethernet, SD and USB connectivity and a touchscreen interface. A 32-bit board running Smoothieware firmware is the brain of the machine.
As with the Delta Wasp 2040 listed above, the Tevo Little Monster utilizes a flying extruder for its filament pushing duties.
Curiously, the Tevo Little Monster delta 3D printer also boasts two USB type-A ports on its power supply; we can only assume for powering cameras consigned to time-lapse duty. Not something we confess to seeing any demand for, but an original thought nonetheless.
Monoprice’s most expensive 3D printer is also, understandably, it’s most interesting. A rock solid, delta that was developed in collaboration with Taiwanese 3D printer manufacturer Atom, the Monoprice Delta Pro presents a professionally tilted machine that should have users of the company’s previous machines looking to upgrade, chomping at the bit.
A build volume of ø270 x 300 mm paired to automatic bed leveling, a large intuitive touchscreen interface and whisper quiet drivers for near silent operation make it one of the better value propositions on this list.
The most recent iteration of a delta 3D printer that began waaaaay back in 2012 on IndieGoGo, SeeMeCNC’s Rostock MAX is lauded for its high print quality output, reliability, and affordability.
A derivative of the open source Rostock delta 3D printer detailed on the RepRap project, SeeMeCNC contributes its work back into the project, while commercializing the Rostock MAX into the beloved machine it is today.
A print area measuring ø275 x 385mm (bearing in mind virtually every delta 3D printer features a circular print bed) puts it over and above that of the Taz 6 and other desktop 3D printers we consider large format here at All3DP, and quality of life features like WiFi connectivity and automatic bed leveling are a welcome touch.
Coming as either a kit or fully assembled (respectively designated ATP or RTP by SeeMeCNC), the kit version of this delta 3D printer requires some tens of hours of assembly including soldering and other basic electronics skills.
The successor to SeeMeCNC’s popular Rostock Max, which saw regular iteration and improvement through to version 3.2 designation, the SeeMeCNC Artemis 300 is every bit the premium delta 3D printer.
Touting a 32-bit duet WiFi mainboard, a sprawling ø290 x 500 mm print volume, an AC-powered heated bed with Aluminum plate heat spreader and heavy duty everything, the Artemis 300 is your all-singing-all-dancing option if you need professional prints, fast.
Such specs, however, come at a price. $2,999 to be precise, should you throw down for the fully assembled version, which makers the SeeMeCNC Artemis 300 one of the priciest delta 3D printers on this list.
Commanding a mid-to-premium price point, the WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) 2040 Turbo2 is an evolution of the acclaimed WASP 2040 — a delta 3D printer famed for its reliability and low-maintenance operation.
As with its predecessor, the 2040 Turbo2 makes use of something of an oddity in delta 3D printers — a flying extruder. Typically a delta 3D printer is distinctive for its removal of the extruder from the print head to reduce mass and improve accuracy and movements. This action has the downside of adding different challenges to the printer, mostly in the handling of the filament.
A flying extruder goes some way to remedying this by suspending the extruder (or cold end of the system, if you will) a short distance above the print head. The result is a short filament path feeding directly into the hot end, without the extruders’ mass impacting on print quality.
Quality of life features like print recovery from accidental power loss, swappable print heads for materials like clay and an enclosed print chamber with heated bed make it a compelling delta 3D printer choice for trickier and temperature sensitive materials like ABS.
Where the 2040 Turbo2 deviates from its non-turbo brethren however is — alongside a raft of small revisions that improve the design — the addition of a filament run-out sensor, a new 32-bit WiFi compatible board and the ability to upgrade to a dual-extrusion print head.
Oh, and did we mention its fast? Turbo, even.
Many, if not all delta 3D printers have roots in the RepRap project — a compendium of collective knowledge accumulated in the effort to build and perfect a machine that can reproduce itself.
And while the convenience of buying a pre-assembled one outright means you can be printing within hours if not minutes, the go-getters out there can turn to the project as an invaluable resource for building a delta 3D printer from scratch.
It’s worth noting that a significant number of companies turn to RepRap as a source for building and selling a delta 3D printer kit of their own. And while it’s generally accepted that cheap kit 3D printers can work out well, they likely require greater technological know-how and time investment to work well. Such effort perhaps correlates to sloppier quality control and cheaper parts.
On the other hand, some companies put back into the community from which they have derived commercial success. Atom, SeeMeCNC, and Ultibots all open up access their designs and builds — hitting the links will jump you to the relevant pages containing lists of the parts you’ll need and a general idea of how to get started building the companies’ respective delta 3D printers.
If you’ve got time and patience to spare, gathering the parts to build your own could be a cheaper and more informative experience than shelling out for a pre-packaged kit from a company you’ve not heard of before.
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