Under $500 – Monoprice Maker Select or Monoprice Maker Select Plus
The Monoprice maker select best proves itself as a 3D printer that printed an entire set of T- 60 armor from Fallout 4. it’s an impressive feat considering that this printer can be had for less than $400 and is my go to recommendation for any Cosplayer looking for their first 3D printer.
As a starting point the monoprice maker select has a decent-sized print volume that measures 200 millimeters by 200 millimeters by 170 millimeters, which is enough to tackle most prop and armor builds with a relatively minimal number of separate parts. all of which is on a heated bed, which makes the process keeping print stuck to the build plate much easier and expands the number of different filaments you can print with.
The hot end is capable of reaching temperatures as high as 260 degrees Celsius which is hot enough to handle a wide range of filaments including pla, abs, petg, flexible filaments, woodfill, and carbon fiber PLA and abs. This variety is incredibly helpful as a prop maker as a allows you the flexibility to get a wide range of different part strengths and textures but you might need to replicate a specific prop.
compared to the MP Mini, the sturdy all metal T- style frame allows the maker select print roughly 30 or 40% faster . which can make a substantial difference over the long run when doing larger builds such as the t60 armor.
One particular feature I personally like about the Monoprice maker select is that it is a very well-known and popular design, which means much smarter people than myself have created a variety of different modifications that take and already good printer and turn it into an exceptional one. these modifications are often as easy as printing them and then screwing them on. so there is very little risk but plenty of upside to adding these modifications to your Monoprice maker select.
Monoprice, recently launched the Monoprice maker Select Plus which incorporates a large number of these modifications into the design add an additional cost of $100 more than the select. the Select Plus also boasts over little Nifty features like a full color touchscreen, automatic filament loading and unloading, and more features that give you more control over your prints.
In general is very hard to go wrong with the Monoprice maker select at less than $400.