Choice of 3D printers: 5 models on the market

The additive manufacturing market has grown rapidly in recent years, with more and more 3D printers being sold and used around the world. In fact, according to a report by Grand View Research, while 2.2 million 3D printers were shipped in 2021, those shipments are expected to reach 21.5 million units by 2030. As such, we also seen an increase in the number of 3D printers available. . From FDM to SLS to DED and more, there are a variety of machines depending on the process you are looking for. However, it can be difficult to know which 3D printer to choose. To help you discover what is available on the market, we offer 5 machines each month, currently available in our comparator which lists hundreds of models, ranging from desktop printers and RepRap/kit to professional and industrial printers. Take a look at the selection below and find out which are the most popular 3D printers on the market today!

Prusa I3 MK3S 3D Printer from Prusa

This FDM 3D printer does not include auto-leveling, but is also one of the most popular desktop 3D printers available on the market, especially due to its ease of assembly and modification. In 2019, the Prusa I3 MK3S was even named “Editors Choice” by DIGITAL FABRICATION Guide in the “Desktop 3D Printer” sector and received an award. As for the print volume, the user has a size of 250 x 210 x 220 mm as well as a magnetic heating bed, which means that it is particularly easy to replace. Also, you should know that with this 3D printer it is possible to print with up to five different materials at the same time. This is thanks to the MULTI-MATERIAL UPGRADE 2.0 ADDON update.

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Bean HR from Kudo3D

Kudo3D’s Bean HR 3D printer has a distinction that lives up to its name particularly well. According to the manufacturer, the resin 3D printer could be considered the smallest desktop resin 3D printer in the world with a build volume of only 6.8 x 12 x 16 cm and the dimensions of the printer are only slightly larger at 20 x 20 x 40 cm. The printer is CE, FCC and PSE certified for micro fabrications and as such could be particularly useful for applications such as jewelry or figurines, especially as the maximum Z resolution is 10µm while the XY pixel size is 31 µm. The printer can print at around 10mm/h for a thickness of 30µm and the resins are cured via a mono 4K LCD screen.

Bean HR 3D printer

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NILS 480 From Sinterit

The Polish manufacturer Sinterit specializes in the production of SLS 3D printers. In addition to its compact range of 3D printers, which includes the Lisa, Lisa X and Lisa PRO, the manufacturer has also launched an industrial printer called the NILS 480. This has a build volume of 200 x 200 x 330mm, which allows for the ability to manufacture larger parts. The SLS 3D printer is compatible with standard polymers such as PLA, TPU and PET. In terms of dimensions, the machine measures 1,285 x 1,250 x 1,840 mm and weighs 300 kg. In addition, it is equipped with the Galvo laser system, which means that most 3D printing jobs can be completed in less than 24 hours. Sinterit’s SLS 3D printer offers a total of 32 settings that can be adjusted to your personal application’s needs in terms of print characteristics. Thus, users can enjoy the best quality and customization depending on the material used and the design of the part. Other options available on the machine include a surveillance camera to check the printing status as well as a touch screen to manage the manufacturing process. Finally, the NILS 480 connects via Ethernet or USB cable, SD card and Wi-Fi, and is compatible with stl, obj, 3mf and 3ds files.

Digital Metal DM P2500 Metal 3D Printer

Digital Metal, recently acquired by Markforged, is responsible for the DM P2500, a productive and efficient metal 3D printer with a build volume of 250 x 217 x 70/186 mm. The printer is based on Digital Metal’s proprietary technology, using high-precision binder jetting onto a bed of metal powder. In addition to being fast and economical, it is a sustainable choice: almost all of the unused metal powder is recycled, generating little waste. The printer allows components to be stacked as less than 1mm is needed in the space between them, eliminating the need for sometimes expensive and bulky supports. The printer also gives the user the option of mass and high volume production as it offers high accuracy and repeatability from component to component. Therefore, you can be sure that a group of identical components printed by the DM P2500 will be as close to identical as possible. Plus, the printer operates at room temperature, eliminating the need to wait for warm-up and cool-down cycles. Another feature that simplifies the process is the absence of the need for a protective atmosphere and the ease of cleaning. In terms of post-processing, the surface quality is excellent, with an average Ra of 6 μm, reducing the need for post-processing treatments. Overall, the printer is a solid choice for metal 3D printing needs.

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Meltio M450 3D Printer

Meltio is a Spanish company, more precisely from Linares (Jaén) which was created in 2019 by a joint venture between Additec and Sicnova. They presented the M450 at Formnext 2019 for the first time. This 3D printer uses the 3E Metal Deposition technology developed by Meltio, which allows you to mix the printing of parts in wire, metal powder or both techniques in the printing of the same part. It is a professional printer with a print volume of 150 x 200 x 450 mm (13.50 cm3). It is compatible with a wide variety of metals such as stainless steels, mild steels, titanium alloys… It has a nozzle that does not need to be changed, 3 heads and 6 integrated lasers. You will be able to know in real time the metal 3D printing process and make the changes you deem necessary by mastering the process. Prints made with this printer achieve 100% density.

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