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.
56% have it
2. 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.
45% have it
3. 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).
Printrbot JR v2: 0.4µm
EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro: 230mm
5. number of colors per print
A single design can be made up using different colored materials simultaneously.
Da Vinci 3D Printer: 12
6. maximum creation size
This is the biggest size of object that you can print.
255 x 205 x 235
Bits from Bytes RapMan Education: 490 x 500 x 850
Printrbot JR v2: 9.1g
8. 3D print speed
The speed at which 3d objects are printed, measured in millimeters per second.
Fabbster Kit: 600mm/s
UP! Plus: 150mm
10. 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.
76% have it
11. 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.
70% have it
13. 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.
Hyrel Professional E5: 4
14. USB ports
With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.