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.
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3. maximum operating temperature
The maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
miniFactory 3D Printer: 300°C
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
5. USB ports
With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
6. 3D print speed
The speed at which 3d objects are printed, measured in millimeters per second.
Fabbster Kit: 600mm/s
7. 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.
EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro: 230mm
9. maximum creation size
This is the biggest size of object that you can print.
145 x 125 x 150
Bits from Bytes RapMan Education: 490 x 500 x 850
UP! Plus: 150mm
Da Vinci 3D Printer: cm³
12. higher x-axis resolution
The highest possible x-axis resolution as measured in microns.
13. higher y-axis resolution
The highest possible y-axis resolution as measured in microns.
14. higher z-axis resolution
The highest possible z-axis (vertical) resolution as measured in microns.
Printrbot JR v2: 9.1g
17. lowest potential operating temperature
The minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
MakerBot Replicator: 15°C
18. 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.