After running out of room in my lab for any new equipment I just gave away 12 3d printers to local schools and kept 3 in my primary lab and still have a few at my kid’s houses.
Many of the 3d printers I have reviewed are solid, work well, but do not delight me after a while. I just find I do not use them often. Either they are a bit slow, the print area is too small, maybe they are hard to maintain (all of my fully enclosed 3d printers) or they are just not special.
I have kept 3 printers and here is why:
FLSun Super Racer – this printer is an absolute speed demon and just seems to always work. My only complaint is that the print bed is not removable and I have to use a fan to cool off the portable print surface so I can get my prints off.
Ender 3 S1 Pro – I absolutely think this printer is every bit as good as my Pruse i3 Mk3. The only advantage of the Prusa is the fantastic Prusa support and frequent firmware upgrades. However, Creality is clearly stepping up their game.
JG Maker Artist D – while the extruders are far from perfect I kept this printer to continue to experiment with IDEX prints when used with dissolvable filaments.
At my kids (grandchildren’s homes):
Ender 3 – the original Ender 3 is still a great printer and in some ways, it is better than the Ender 3 V2 (I like the display better). The Ender 3 is my recommended first printer for many people.
Prusa i3 MK3 – I do not think an assembled MK3 is worth the money but this is a great printer with outstanding support.
Ender 3 S1 – the regular S1 is one of the best printers available for the price and if you do not need the higher temperature and you can afford the difference between the Ender 3 V2 and this S1 I would go with the S1.