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Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
Top 78%1,103 points
Top 78%
Top 65%1,797 points
Top 65%
Top 30%3,567 points
Top 30%
Top 22%3,999 points
Top 22%
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
Top specs and features

Fabbster Kit vs Hyrel Apprentice E3 vs Robox vs Zeepro Zim: 22 facts in comparison

1. Has a heated build platform

A heated build platform helps keep the lowest levels of a print warm as the higher layers are printed. This allows the overall print to cool more evenly.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
45% have it

2. Has WiFi

The device can connect to WiFi.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
20% have it

3. has an external memory slot

The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
35% have it

4. Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)

Printers based on fused deposition modeling (FDM) use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded through a nozzle, layer by layer, to create the object. One of the main advantages of printers based on FDM is that they work with a wide range of materials.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
55% have it

5. 1.75mm filament diameter

The 1.75mm filament diameter is gradually overtaking the previous 3mm standard. The 1.75mm filament feeds into the printer with greater ease and allows for more detail in the printing process.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
57% have it

6. Has plug and play feature

The device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
13% have it

7. Prints in PLA

Polylactic acid (PLA) is popular in 3D printing as it cools and sets quickly. Unlike ABS plastic, it is biodegradable and therefore better for the environment. It can be used to build support structures for other printouts, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
77% have it

8. Prints in wood

The printer is able to print in wood. This typically involves printing using a mixture of wood particles and a binding agent, which dries as solid wood.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
5% have it

9. number of extruder heads

More extruder heads allow you to use different colors and different types of material at the same time. A second extruder is also required to build PVA/PLA support structures around items as they are printed.
1
Hyrel Professional E5: 4
1
2
2

10. nozzle size

The smaller the nozzle, the more detailed the final product can be. However, when speed of printing is of greater importance than detail, a larger nozzle may be preferable.
0.4mm
Robox: 0.3mm
0.4mm
0.3mm
0.35mm

11. USB ports

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
1
FABtotum: 4
1
0
1

12. thickness

470mm
UP! Plus: 150mm
300mm
340mm
330mm

13. width

590mm
EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro: 230mm
300mm
370mm
279mm

14. Is pre-assembled

As the product arrives fully assembled, you do not have to build it from a kit.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
52% have it

15. height

540mm
Robox: 240mm
350mm
240mm
406mm

16. maximum creation size

This is the biggest size of object that you can print.
230 x 230 x 210
Bits from Bytes RapMan Education: 490 x 500 x 850
200 x 200 x 200
210 x 100 x 150
150 x 150 x 150

17. Has an automatic platform calibrator

This feature saves time and effort in terms of maintenance, however the build platform itself still needs to be manually levelled.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
14% have it

18. Prints in HIPS

The printer is able to print in High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS). HIPS is similar to ABS plastic, but uses different solvents (limonene rather than acetone). HIPS is easy to paint and glue.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
8% have it

19. Prints in PVA

Polyvinyl Acetate is another form of plastic used in 3d printing similar to ABS. It can be used to build support structures for other prints, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
14% have it

20. layer thickness

The thinner each print layer is, the more detailed you can make your designs. Layer thickness is often also referred to as resolution and is measured in microns (µm).
44µm
Printrbot JR v2: 0.4µm
100µm
20µm
50µm

21. Prints in ABS plastic

The printer prints in ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). This is up to 30 times stronger than regular plastic and is commonly used in 3D printing.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
70% have it

22. Prints in full color

Similar to regular 2D printers, this type of 3D printer mixes different colors between cartridges. This process allows the printer to reproduce the color spectrum, therefore allowing you to print in almost any color.
Fabbster Kit
Hyrel Apprentice E3
Robox
Zeepro Zim
7% have it

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