3D printers are all the rage at the moment, mostly because they let you feel like you have officially arrived in the future. You can print pretty much anything your heart desires, and you barely have to lift a finger as the machine does all the hard work for you.
Only thing is, they don't usually come particularly cheap - unless, of course, there's one on offer as part of Aldi's famous SpecialBuys.
Yup, believe it or not, Aldi is selling a 3D printer as an online exclusive, and it costs just £249.99 ($318.49), down from £299.99 ($382.19).
The Balco 3D printer. Credit: Aldi
The product description for the Balco 3D Printer reads: "Take your creativity to the next level by bringing your ideas into the real world with the help of a Balco 3D Printer.
"With minimal assembly but maximum results, the touch screen controls will take you through what you need to do to turn your dreams into a reality. In just a few steps you'll be printing your own toys, decorations and crafts."
For your money you get: 1 x Balco 3D printer touch with built in control box (extruder tower, heated print bed), 1 x spool filament holder, 1 x spool stand, 1 x power cable, 1 x USB cable, 1 x SD card Class 10, 1 x scraper, 1 x PTFE tube, 1 x hex key set, 6 x hex bolts, 2 x cable ties, 1 x 100m PLA filament, 3 x print bed mats (1 on print bed and 2 spare), 1 x 0.4mm drill bit, 1 x extruder cleaner, 6 x rubber feet, 1 x levelling card, 1 x manual, 1 x GSG and 1 x Warranty Card.
Close-up of the printer. Credit: Aldi
There are already many happy customers, with one saying in a review of the product: "I've been really impressed with this printer - especially for the price... It's proved to be a fantastic intro to 3D printing - if it's something you've been thinking about, and you fancy experimenting a little, I'd recommend this great little printer!"
Someone else wrote: "I put off buying one of these printers for a long time. I really wish that I'd bought on a long time ago. So easy to set up. Took 10 minutes from opening the box to starting the first print! As this is my second 3D printer, I feel well placed to say how good it is for a 'first time' printer. Overall, excellent value!"
The world's your oyster with a 3D printer. Credit: Aldi
A third added: "Great value and works within a few minutes of opening the box... Print quality was a pleasant surprise and much better than other machines I have seen that cost much more. The supplied Cura slicing software is very easy to use and loads of advice and help available online. No problems at all so far and loads of great items successfully printed. Highly recommended and suitable for beginners."
From phone cases and toothpaste squeezers through to alligator tails, the world's your oyster!
Featured Image Credit: Aldi