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Prusa MK3S vs Mini

Last Updated: January 12th, 2022

The Prusa FDM printers provide some of the best quality for under $1000 budgets. The Prusa Mini and MK3S are perfect for beginners and additive manufacturing veterans alike. While the MK3S could be considered expensive if you are on a budget, it will be able to use engineering filaments with a hassle-free experience. The Mini is a cheaper alternative that maintains the quality of life features such as mesh bed leveling.

Prusa Mini

$349/399 Kit/Assembled

Extruder: Bowden
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 280°C
Max Bed Temp: 100°C
Print Volume: 180mm (L) 180mm (W) 180mm (H)

Prusa Mini
Prusa - Kit Prusa - Assembled

Prusa MK3S

$749/999 Kit/Assembled

Extruder: Direct Drive
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 300°C
Max Bed Temp: 120°C
Print Volume: 210mm (L) 250mm (W) 210mm (H)

Prusa MK3S
Prusa - KitPrusa - Assembled

Photo credits: (c) Prusa Research - prusa3d.com

Prusa Mini and MK3S

  • Both printers come with magnetic PEI steel sheets for the print surface.
  • Both printers come with automatic mesh bed leveling.
  • Prusa has a fantastic track record for customer service and quality - any issues you have should be solved by their 24/7 support + their warranty + the community.

Prusa Mini

  • What filaments can it print at 280°C? PLA, PETG, ABS, ASA, PC (low temps), and even flexibles like TPU.
  • The Mini comes with a build volume cube of 180x180x180mm.
  • The Prusa Mini is the printer for you if: you are new to 3D printing and want to avoid tinkering, are wanting to start a print farm, or are an institution that wishes to implement FDM printers in the classroom or lab.
Prusa Mini

Prusa MK3S

  • What filaments can it print? Anything under 300°C including nylons, flexibles, polycarbonate, and carbon fiber blends.
  • The MK3S sports more build area in addition to extra build height, 210x250x210mm.
  • The MK3S kit comes with a permanent 5% discount on filament, whereas the assembled variant has a 10% discount on filament and future printers.
  • The Prusa MK3S is the printer for you if: you have an expanded budget, are wanting to use engineering filaments, or are a business or institution desiring to implement a single FDM printer as a workhorse for prototyping etc.
Prusa MK3S

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