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
UP! Plus: 150mm
4. 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
Printrbot JR v2: 9.1g
EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro: 230mm
7. maximum creation size
This is the biggest size of object that you can print.
350 x 220 x 270
Bits from Bytes RapMan Education: 609 x 500 x 850
8. 3D print speed
The speed at which 3d objects are printed, measured in millimeters per second.
Fabbster Kit: 600mm/s
9. has a touch screen
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
6% have it
11. USB ports
With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
12. 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
13. 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.
14% have it
14. 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.
15. number of extruder heads
More extruder heads will allow you to use different colours or 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
Da Vinci 3D Printer: 11318cm³
17. Is pre-assembled
As the product arrives fully assembled, you do not have to build it from a kit.
51% have it
18. 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.