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Choosing a 3D Printer: A Closer Look at 5 Models on the Market

Published on June 13, 2024 by Madeleine P.

The additive manufacturing industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years, with projections indicating that the 3D printer market will more than double in the next decade. According to a report by Grand View Research, the number of shipped 3D printers is expected to reach 21.5 million by 2030. Consequently, the market now offers an increased variety of 3D printers. From FDM to SLS to DED and more, there are numerous options available for each 3D printing technology. However, this wide selection can make it challenging to make the right choice. To assist you in navigating the market, we feature five printers each month in our comprehensive comparison, which encompasses hundreds of 3D printers, including desktop, RepRap/kit, professional, and industrial models. Check out the selection below to discover the current popular choices in 3D printers!

The DeltaS from Plasmics

The DeltaS from Plasmics is an innovative FDM 3D printer featuring the INo Trident induction heating head. Thanks to this induction heating technology, a first on the market, this printer reaches 250°C in just 4 seconds and can heat up to 500°C, offering the possibility of printing high-performance polymers such as ULTEM, PA, PC, and composites. The Delta S incorporates a 4-speed extruder to ensure precise filament control and optimum print quality. Its advanced filament sensor measures diameter, length, and applied forces in real-time, enabling dynamic adjustments and enhanced repeatability. With a print volume of 200 mm in diameter and 250 mm in height, a heatable platen at 140°C, and a closed enclosure capable of reaching 80°C, the DeltaS ensures compatibility with a wide range of materials. In addition, it features a heated filament storage system, eliminating the need for external devices, and connectivity via Wi-Fi and LAN for simplified integration into any work environment.

 

(Photo Credits: Plasmics)

 

The M-290-2 from EOS

the EOS M 290-2 is a DMLS 3D printer that complements the EOS M 290 series and features two 400-watt lasers. The machine has a large build volume of 250 x 250 x 325 mm and is suitable for mass production of small industrial components. The system also features a digital scanner with active cooling, capable of speeds up to 7.0 m/s (23 ft/s). It also boasts process quality and can process a wide range of materials, among them aluminum, EOS nickel alloys, titanium, and stainless steel.

(Photo Credits: EOS)

The arc80x from Gerfertec

The arc80X by Gefertec is an advanced industrial 3D printer that blends innovation with efficiency. With its modular design, the arc80X offers users the flexibility to tailor the machine to their specific needs, whether opting for the basic version or integrating advanced features. Noteworthy for its cost efficiency, this printer supports a wide array of materials, providing versatility in component production while greatly reducing expenses compared to traditional methods, and is suited to work with air-sensitive materials through its titanium enclosure. Incorporating WAAM technology, the arc80X enables efficient printing of large components while minimizing waste and granting users total design freedom. Lastly, in terms of table configurations, the printer provides flexibility with options ranging from full 5-axis simultaneous machining for complex parts to simpler 3+2 or even pure 3-axis machining for less demanding jobs.

(Photo Credits: Gerfertec)

The UltraCraft Reflex from HeyGears

Developed by HeyGears, the UltraCraft Reflex is a desktop 3D printer using MSLA resin technology. It has a maximum build volume of 192 x 121 x 220 mm, a print speed of 27 mm/h and a weight of 25 kg. This printer is compatible with various resins, including PAU10, PAT10, PAM10, PAP10 and PAH10. Key features include automatic resin reloading, material level detection, a preheated tray and an accuracy of 33 μm. With a 95% print success rate, the UltraCraft Reflex also integrates proprietary software with intelligent automatic support and cutting functions. The company also makes the UltraCraft Reflex Combo available to users, which, in addition to the printer, includes the washing and curing stations to optimize post-treatment of the final parts.

(Photo Credits:HeyGears)

The J35 Pro 3D Printer from Stratasys

The J35™ Pro PolyJet™ is a user-friendly multi-material office printer from the US-Icelandic manufacturer Stratasys. It is used in various industries such as aerospace, medical technology, education and for the production of prototypes and models. The PolyJet printer makes it possible to create models and prototypes that meet the highest requirements. In addition, it requires little space, has a low-maintenance design and operates quietly. The machine offers access to a complete system of workflow tools, design optimization, cloud-based service, print-to-click and on-demand training. Other benefits of the printer include the creation of realistic CMF prototypes by combining texture and grayscale, its affordable purchase price, versatility in the materials it can use and its suitability for office use due to its low maintenance and advanced air filtration. The printer also has a print area of 1174cm² and a maximum model height of 155mm.

(Photo Credits: Stratasys)

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