Is it Worth Getting a 3D Printer for Warhammer Terrain?

Is it worth getting a 3D printer for warhammer terrain

If you’re looking to print your own Warhammer terrain, a 3D printer might be a great investment. Learn which type of printer is best and how you can save money on cheap terrain.

You may be asking yourself whether buying a 3D printer is worth it for printing terrain, the answer is yes… If you want more than a handful of buildings. Definitely, if you want a full table packed with variety! If you want to print miniatures as well, there’s a few considerations.

Should You Get an FDM Printer for Warhammer?

Large terrain is best suited to FDM printers – If you’re new to 3D printing, it’s important to know that there are two types of 3D printers. You can read more about the differences between FDM and resin printers but essentially, FDM printers are excellent for large terrain models such as buildings, but resin printers win for miniatures, scatter terrain and bases.

See examples of terrain printed on a resin printer

See examples of terrain printed on an FDM printer

Is FDM good for miniatures?

FDM printers are not great at printing miniatures but excel at printing terrain. Look at getting a resin printer for 3D printing miniatures.

Which is the best 3D printer for Warhammer 40k?

We recommend the Creality Ender 3 for printing terrain and use them for most of our test prints in the studio, they’re a reliable and cheap work-horse with great results!

We previously wrote about which 3D printer is best for Warhammer but it really boils down to how much you want to spend and what size and quality terrain you want to print. Remember that printing terrain vs printing miniatures have slightly different technologies (PLA vs resin) with current printing technologies.

Cheap Warhammer Terrain

Owning a 3D printer gives you ability to crank out some cheap terrain. Once you buy the STL files, you can print as much as you like! FDM printers use PLA filament, usually in 1KG rolls which cost around $25aud / $17usd. Check out exactly how much terrain you can print with 1KG of PLA here.


Essentially, once you’ve made the initial outlay of a 3D printer, some PLA and some STL files, you’ve got some really cheap terrain!

Further reading on 3D printing terrain:

Best Warhammer 3D print terrain:

Below are the most popular 3D printable terrain products available from Saucermen Studios, you can also get some great Warhammer 40K terrain inspiration here.