The best 10 3D printers in comparison

3D printers (1 - 5)
MakerBot ReplicatorRoboxFABtotumMakerBot Replicator Z18botObjects ProDesk3DMakerBot Replicator MiniUltimaker 2Zeepro ZimHyrel Professional E5Pirate 3D Buccaneer
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MakerBot Replicator
Robox
FABtotum
MakerBot Replicator Z18
botObjects ProDesk3D
MakerBot Replicator Mini
Ultimaker 2
Zeepro Zim
Hyrel Professional E5
Pirate 3D Buccaneer
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General info
Fused deposition modeling (FDM) technologyPrinters 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.
Fused deposition modeling (FDM) technologyPrinters 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.
Maximum operating temperatureThe maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
Maximum operating temperatureThe maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.32°C
N.A.N.A.32°C
N.A.26°C
32°C
N.A.N.A.32°C
Stereolithography (SLA) technologyPrinters based on stereolithography (SLA) use a tank of liquid photopolymer resin and a high-powered light source, which is used to harden the material in the tank, one cross section at a time, until the object is created. Printers based on SLA usually have high printing speeds and can produce objects with a smooth finish.
Stereolithography (SLA) technologyPrinters based on stereolithography (SLA) use a tank of liquid photopolymer resin and a high-powered light source, which is used to harden the material in the tank, one cross section at a time, until the object is created. Printers based on SLA usually have high printing speeds and can produce objects with a smooth finish.
Shipping weightThe gross weight of the product when packaged, including all wrapping, and boxing.
Shipping weightThe gross weight of the product when packaged, including all wrapping, and boxing.20.8t
N.A.N.A.52kg
30kg
10t
N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Lowest potential operating temperatureThe minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
Lowest potential operating temperatureThe minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.15°C
N.A.N.A.15°C
N.A.15°C
15°C
N.A.N.A.15°C
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Components
Auto-generated support structuresThe printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.
Auto-generated support structuresThe printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.
Heated build platformA 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.
Heated build platformA 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.
1.75mm filament diameterThe 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.
1.75mm filament diameterThe 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.
3D print speedThe speed at which 3d objects are printed, measured in millimeters per second.
3D print speedThe speed at which 3d objects are printed, measured in millimeters per second.N.A.N.A.400mm/s
N.A.175mm/s
N.A.300mm/s
110mm/s
40mm/s
50mm/s
Number of extruder headsMore 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.
Number of extruder headsMore 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
2
1
1
2
1
1
2
4
N.A.
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Materials
Printing in PLAPolylactic 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.
Printing in PLAPolylactic 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.
Printing in HIPSThe 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.
Printing in HIPSThe 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.
Printing in ABS plasticThe printer prints in ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). This is up to 30 times stronger than regular plastic and is commonly used in 3D printing.
Printing in ABS plasticThe printer prints in ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). This is up to 30 times stronger than regular plastic and is commonly used in 3D printing.
Printing in PVAPolyvinyl 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.
Printing in PVAPolyvinyl 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.
Number of colors per printA single design can be made up using different colored materials simultaneously.
Number of colors per printA single design can be made up using different colored materials simultaneously.1
N.A.3
N.A.N.A.1
N.A.2
4
N.A.
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Print sizes
Layer thicknessThe 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).
Layer thicknessThe 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).100µm
20µm
0.47µm
100µm
25µm
200µm
20µm
50µm
100µm
50µm
Maximum creation sizeThis is the biggest size of object that you can print.
Maximum creation sizeThis is the biggest size of object that you can print.19.9 x 25.5 x 15null
210 x 100 x 150null
242 x 214 x 236null
N.A.27.5 x 27.5 x 30null
10 x 10 x 12.5null
230 x 205 x 225null
150 x 150 x 150null
200 x 200 x 200null
145 x 125 x 150null
X-axis resolutionThe highest possible x-axis resolution, measured in microns.
X-axis resolutionThe highest possible x-axis resolution, measured in microns.11µm
2µm
N.A.N.A.N.A.11µm
12.5µm
N.A.N.A.15.9µm
Y-axis resolutionThe highest possible y-axis resolution as measured in microns.
Y-axis resolutionThe highest possible y-axis resolution as measured in microns.11µm
2µm
N.A.N.A.N.A.11µm
12.5µm
N.A.N.A.15.9µm
Z-axis resolutionThe highest possible z-axis resolution as measured in microns.
Z-axis resolutionThe highest possible z-axis resolution as measured in microns.2.5µm
0.5µm
N.A.N.A.25µm
2.5µm
5µm
N.A.N.A.10µm
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Connectivity
Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivityWi-Fi 4 (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.
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivityWi-Fi 4 (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.
External memory slotThe device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
External memory slotThe device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.1
0
4
1
1
1
0
1
1
0
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Features
Plug and playThe device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.
Plug and playThe device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Audible noiseAudible noise is the noise that a device produces while in operation. Reduced audible noise improves quality.
Audible noiseAudible noise is the noise that a device produces while in operation. Reduced audible noise improves quality.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.49dB
N.A.N.A.N.A.
Cloud compatibilityCloud compatibility allows you to control the operation of the device remotely using your smartphone, tablet or other mobile internet devices.
Cloud compatibilityCloud compatibility allows you to control the operation of the device remotely using your smartphone, tablet or other mobile internet devices.
Pre-assembledAs the product arrives fully assembled, you do not have to build it from a kit.
Pre-assembledAs the product arrives fully assembled, you do not have to build it from a kit.
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