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The best 3D printer and scanner Cyber Monday deals for 2019

CNET logo CNET 12/2/2019 Dan Ackerman
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Maker culture is alive and thriving, thanks to an army of creatives who love making things by hand, endless YouTube how-to videos for any project imaginable and new, lower-cost hardware for everything from 3D printing to laser cutting. 

Starting last year, I got pretty deep in the weeds with 3D printers , creating everything from tabletop game accessories to smartphone stands to a sweet mini Millennium Falcon. For the 2019 holiday season, I've doubled down, getting into 3D scanning and even laser cutting, which lets you sculpt real-world designs from wood and leather. 

These creative tools, which range from under $300 to over $3,000, are awesome gifts for a creative person in your life -- or even better -- they're great for you to craft your own personalized gifts. 

If you end up getting completely addicted to 3D printing your own gifts, don't blame me. (But if you do, here's a handy 3D printing FAQ that should answer some of your questions). 

Heading into the holiday shopping season, there are a handful of Cyber Monday and beyond deals to be had.

Monoprice is offering 20% off on filament and resin for 3D printers with the code "3DFR20." 

Other Cyber Monday deals of note:

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Monoprice Select Mini V2, $220

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Despite the low price, this is a pretty damn full-featured 3D printer, and a favorite affordable first step for testing the 3D printing waters.

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Anycubic Photon, $256

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Resin printers are the next step up in rapid protoyping design technology when you want your print to look as high quality as anything assembled in a factory. Just be warned: The resin is harder to work with and requires good ventilation. 

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Flashforge Adventurer 3, $449

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This is my go-to printer for balancing price, ease of use and print quality. Setup is easy, and I was up and printing in less than 30 minutes after opening the box and gathering materials.

Special for Black Friday -- Flashforge is selling the Adventurer 3 Lite, which is the same as the model above, just without a built-in webcam for remote monitoring, for $299 on Nov. 29 and again on Dec. 2. The discounted price will be available at this link on those dates

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SOL Desktop Laser 3D Scanner, $599

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Recreate pretty much anything by putting it on this 3D scanner, where a rotating base and camera create a 360-degree copy, which is then editable in any 3D program and printable on your 3D printer. 

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Glowforge 3D Laser Printer, $3,995

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Glowforge laser cutters can sculpt projects from wood, leather, lucite and other materials, making it an interesting alternative to filament-based 3D printers. Even better, what would take a FDM 3D printer hours to do, takes just minutes in the Glowforge. 

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Crazy things I've made on a 3D printer

I started playing around with 3D printing last year, mostly to satisfy my own curiosity, with an unexpected result: I'm now completely addicted to it. These are some of the prints I made using a variety of printers from Monoprice, Flashforge and Anycubic. Many of the files can be found at Thingiverse. This Millennium Falcon was so big I had to print it in two parts and glue it together.

I started playing around with 3D printing last year, mostly to satisfy my own curiosity, with an unexpected result: I'm now completely addicted to it. These are some of the prints I made using a variety of printers from Monoprice, Flashforge and Anycubic. Many of the files can be found at Thingiverse. This Millennium Falcon was so big I had to print it in two parts and glue it together.
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