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CTC LTD

CTC-3D

7.1 / 10
Ideal for 
Intermediates

The CTC-3D is a Chinese low-budget 3D printer, which bears close resemblance to the 1st gen. Makerbot Replicator. It can print in both PLA and ABS at a resolution of 100 microns. Stand-alone printing is possible and its build volume is 25 x 20 x 20 cm.

Budget
Starting at 
$587.00

Owner ratings (37)

7.1 / 10
Print quality 
8.2
Ease of use 
7.0
Build quality 
7.1
Reliability 
7.1
Failure rate 
8.3
Customer service 
4.8
Community 
7.5
Running expenses 
6.0
Software 
6.7
Value 
8.2

Pros 
Build volume
Material availability
Heated platform
Dual extruder
Value
Cons 
Build quality
Design
Reliability
Noise level
Customer support

Specifications

Printer type 
FDM
Material 
ABS, PLA
Build volume 
22.5 x 14.5 x 15 cm
Min layer height 
100 microns
Max layer height 
500 microns
Extruder Head 
2
XY precision 
11 microns
Printing speed 
35-40 mm/s
Open source 
Hardware & software
Can you use 3rd party material? 
Yes
Heated platform 
No
Filament Diameter 
1.75
On-printer controls 
Yes
Connectivity 
SD card
USB
Target audience 
beginner
intermediate
Owner Reviews 
6.6 / 10

CTC can be used out of the box but I wouldn't advise it to anyone that doesn't have the confidence to tinker with the printer. But if you do like tinkering this print has some good upgrades to make it print really nice.

7.2 / 10

To be hones for low cost this is the best. I didn't investigate other printers, but it's housing is great so you can close it all over it with some glass to print ABS. Dual head is great so you can use first, second or both head with different colours. It would be great to print faster with good quality, maybe it does and I didn't set it right :)

7.2 / 10

Super printer for a very cheap price if you look around! (as little as ‎€350)

8.0 / 10

This printer still impresses me even after a year of bad treatments and long hour prints. Levelling can be tricky but other than that, amazing stuff! Very little maintenance and haven't had any major issues with it, and the price has been going down even!

6.4 / 10

It's a direct clone of the MakerBot Replicator 1 Dual, at a fraction of the price. It was already an amazing value when I bought it, and now the price has dropped by half! The biggest downside is that to really reach its full potential, you need to shell out for Simplify3D to do your slicing and run the printer. (I feel this goes for any FDM/FFF printer though.)

7.4 / 10

Great printer for the money!

7.2 / 10

Great machine based on one of the best printers, but it needs a lot of upgrades to function properly.

6.6 / 10

an overall great experience Perfect for low budget projects and non finals ones

6.2 / 10

It's a good first printer.

6.0 / 10

Goo printer for small price some upgrafes to do

6.0 / 10

Great printer for the value

7.2 / 10

My CTC was literally plug and play when I received it. Out of the box it was nearly dead on, and only took one belt adjustment to print perfectly in calibration. Print quality if quite good for the money. I don't think there is another printer out there that offers better band for the buck.

4.8 / 10

Good printer for small price but needs some upgrades

7.4 / 10

A fairly low cost 3d printer offering dual extrusion and a larger than average build area for a great price. The, printer is very fast, precise and in my experience the build quality is really up there with higher priced competition. If this machine came with an all metal extruder I would consider it one of the top machines of this size available. Having said that I upgraded mine in 20 minutes... Great little machine, accurate, fast, reliable and cheap to run.

6.6 / 10

I bought this for the price, if you are tech savvy then it can work wonders. Easily a great first printer with many capabilities versus the competition; heated bed, enclosure, dual extruders.

7.4 / 10

Works like advertised

6.8 / 10

At 1st glance it seems a great entry level printer with its low cost and comparatively large build volume. This is what got me hooked at 1st. However now I have several printer including some large industrial machine I still find myself using the ctc. Its fast, precise, its print quality truly rivals its much more expensive competitors and printing with ABS I genuinely only get about 1 failure in 50. The last bit could be down to experience for sure. But it still shows this printer really can run with the big boys in the 3d print world.

6.0 / 10

A great first printer with many capabilities for the price. You will need to be tech savvy in the long run with maintenance & upkeep, but otherwise a great value to learn how to print.

5.2 / 10

It's cheap, you can get reasonable print quality for the price

7.6 / 10

Its been a good steady workhorse for well over a year, it prints 10-12 hours a day without a flae