66points

Hyrel Journeyman E4

100points

MakerBot Replicator Z18

77points

The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

Hyrel Journeyman E4
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MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
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20 facts in comparison

Hyrel Journeyman E4 vs MakerBot Replicator Z18 vs The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
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77
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Why is Hyrel Journeyman E4 better than MakerBot Replicator Z18 & The Future is 3D Glacier Steel?

  • Weight
    8kgvs41000,20411g
  • Prints in ABS plastic
  • Has an automatic platform calibrator
  • Is pre-assembled
  • Width
    300mmvs304.8,609mm
  • Thickness
    300mmvs304.8,304mm
  • Height
    350mmvs457.2,558mm

Why is MakerBot Replicator Z18 better than Hyrel Journeyman E4 & The Future is 3D Glacier Steel?

  • Has WiFi
  • Has plug and play feature
  • Has 802.11n WiFi connection
  • Prints in full color

Why is The Future is 3D Glacier Steel better than Hyrel Journeyman E4 & MakerBot Replicator Z18?

  • Layer thickness
    20µmvs100,100µm

Top specs and features

General info

1.weight

8kg

41kg

20.41kg

Best

Printrbot JR v2

9.1g

2.Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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.

3.width

300mm

304.8mm

609mm

Best

EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro

230mm

4.thickness

300mm

304.8mm

304mm

Best

UP! Plus

150mm

5.height

350mm

457.2mm

558mm

Best

Robox

240mm

Components

1.Has a heated build platform
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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.

2.Creates support structures
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

The printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.

3.1.75mm filament diameter
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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.

4.Has an automatic platform calibrator
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

This feature saves time and effort in terms of maintenance, however the build platform itself still needs to be manually levelled.

5.number of extruder heads

2

1

1

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.

Best

Hyrel Professional E5

4

Materials

1.Prints in ABS plastic
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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.

2.Prints in PLA
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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.

3.Prints in full color
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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.

Print sizes

1.layer thickness

100µm

100µm

20µm

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).

Best

Printrbot JR v2

0.4µm

Connectivity

1.Has WiFi
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

802.11n is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors - a, b and g.

3.has an external memory slot
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

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.

4.USB ports

1

1

1

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.

Best

FABtotum

4

Features

1.Has plug and play feature
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

The device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.

2.Is pre-assembled
Hyrel Journeyman E4
MakerBot Replicator Z18
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

As the product arrives fully assembled, you do not have to build it from a kit.

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