The best 10 3D printers in comparison

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MakerBot Replicator Z18
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3D Systems CubePro
Zeepro Zim
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Fablicator
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
MakerBot Replicator Mini
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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.
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.52kg
20.8t
30kg
N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.10t
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
32°C
N.A.N.A.280°C
N.A.N.A.300°C
N.A.26°C
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
15°C
N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.15°C
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Components
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.175mm/s
400mm/s
15mm/s
110mm/s
N.A.80mm/s
N.A.N.A.
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.
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.
Nozzle sizeThe 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.
Nozzle sizeThe 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.0.4mm
0.4mm
N.A.0.35mm
N.A.0.35mm
0.3mm
0.35mm
N.A.0.4mm
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Materials
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 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 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.N.A.1
N.A.3
N.A.2
N.A.1
1
1
Full color printingSimilar 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.
Full color printingSimilar 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.
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Print sizes
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.N.A.19.9 x 25.5 x 15null
27.5 x 27.5 x 30null
242 x 214 x 236null
273 x 241 x 273null
150 x 150 x 150null
210 x 100 x 150null
177.8 x 177.8 x 177.8null
304 x 304 x 228null
10 x 10 x 12.5null
X-axis resolutionThe highest possible x-axis resolution, measured in microns.
X-axis resolutionThe highest possible x-axis resolution, measured in microns.N.A.11µm
N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.2µm
N.A.11µm
11µm
Y-axis resolutionThe highest possible y-axis resolution as measured in microns.
Y-axis resolutionThe highest possible y-axis resolution as measured in microns.N.A.11µm
N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.2µm
N.A.11µm
11µm
Z-axis resolutionThe highest possible z-axis resolution as measured in microns.
Z-axis resolutionThe highest possible z-axis resolution as measured in microns.N.A.2.5µm
25µm
N.A.100µm
N.A.0.5µm
N.A.2.5µm
2.5µm
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
100µm
25µm
0.47µm
75µm
50µm
20µm
100µm
20µm
200µm
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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.
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
1
1
4
N.A.1
0
2
1
1
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.
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Features
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.
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.
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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