After an announcement last week, Prusa Research has indeed raised prices on their most popular 3D printers.
Prusa Price Increase
As we reported last week, CEO Josef Prusa reluctantly announced that due to a number of factors, not the least of which are supply chain issues and component costs, that the price of their flagship 3D printers, the Prusa MINI+ and MK3S+ would be raised by “$50-100”
These increases are inevitable in today’s economic conditions, and are less noticeable in other 3D printer manufacturers that can easily slip in price increases when new models are frequently introduced. Meanwhile, Prusa Research’s flagship machine has been around for years at the same price point.
True to the announcement, the company did indeed raise the prices of these machines.
The Prusa MINI+ (in kit form) was originally US$349, and is now priced at US$429. That’s a jump of US$80, or about 23%. That’s a significant rise, but still only the price of a few spools of filament.
Meanwhile, the Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ kit was priced at US$749, but is now priced at US$799, or a US$50 rise. This represents an increase of about seven percent.
Assembled versions of these devices have also incurred slight increases of a similar magnitude.
Tenth Anniversary Edition
The company also introduced a new MK3S+ variant, the “10th Anniversary Edition” to celebrate the company’s ten years of amazing growth. Josef Prusa said in a blog post:
“I still can’t believe it’s already a decade! Ten years ago, the world was a much different place. More straightforward in some aspects, and more complicated in others. There was no Original Prusa i3 MK3 – in fact, there wasn’t even anything called the Original Prusa i3 design. It wouldn’t exist for another three years. My brother and I had a small workshop and we used to ship our homemade 3D printer parts to enthusiasts all over the world, everything packed inside generic pizza boxes. Then, in May 2012, the Prusa Mendel i3 3D printer design came into existence. Those were the times, I was flying around the world, giving talks at conferences about 3D printing but back home, in Prague, pretty much no one knew what 3D printing was.”
The 10th Anniversary Edition is essentially the same machine as the standard MK3S+, but has a different color scheme and anniversary labeled print plate.
These machines are also personally numbered and autographs by none other than Josef Prusa himself.
The 10th Anniversary machines also follow the price increase theme, and then some. The kit version of the 10th Anniversary machine is US$899, while the assembled version is US$1,199. But these machines are not purchased because of their price; they are collector’s editions that could hold value in the future, as there are only 500 kits and 500 assembled units to be sold.
Congratulations, Prusa Research! Your efforts have brought 3D printing to many tens of thousands, and our world will never be the same.
Via Prusa Research