Countdown to the 10 best 3D printers of 2016
3D printers have been a big trend in recent years, particularly in the maker community. Prices once made them suitable only for companies to own and operate. But the cost has been declining this decade and, with the proliferation of crowdfunding platforms, there are now many 3D printers available at price points for both manufacturers and hobbyists.
No 1: 3Doodler Create
The 3Doodler Create is the latest generation of the world’s first and best-selling 3D printing pen. Compact & easy to use, the 3Doodler Create extrudes heated plastic that cools almost instantly into a solid, stable structure. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
CubePro from 3D Systems
The CubePro features the largest-in-class build platform with ultra high-resolution. It offers prints 2.5 times larger than any other desktop prosumer and hobbyist printer (11.2×10.6×9.06″ or 285.4×270.4x230mm) with ultra high-resolution settings of 70-micron thin print layers.
TAZ 6 from Lulzbot
The LulzBot TAZ 6 is the most reliable, easiest-to-use desktop 3D printer ever, featuring innovative self-leveling and self-cleaning, and a modular tool head design for flexible and multi-material upgrades. The LulzBot Taz 6 offers proven 3D printing technology and one of the largest print volumes in its class.
Makerbot’s Replicator Mini+
Save time and accelerate iteration by pairing the Replicator Mini+ with MakerBot Print software and MakerBot Mobile. The Replicator Mini+ is Cloud-enabled so you can control it remotely with MakerBot Print or the MakerBot Mobile app. MakerBot Mobile offers an all-new guided wireless setup.
We know the importance of independence in work. The less work is being outsourced, the better are the final results. Now, you can truly control your project and realize even the biggest ideas. Zortrax introduces you to the Zortrax M300, a 3D printer that took what’s best of Zortrax M200 and enlarged it – in all dimensions.
UP BOX from 3D Printing Systems
Designed specifically for educators and professionals looking for fast, hassle-free 3D printing with exceptional quality. The new UP BOX boasts a host of features, from Smart Support, user-friendly software and automatic levelling, to paper-thin layer HD resolution with a heated build platform.
Hephestos 2 from BQ
The Hephestos 2 DIY (Do it yourself) printer is based on the Prusa i3, one of the most popular models in the RepRap community. With the latest version, we have opted for a new design that enables us to achieve a larger printing volume, reaching (X) 210mm x (Y) 297mm x (Z) 220mm, on a highly stable printer.
The HDL is ideal for educators, professionals and resellers wanting a 3D printer without breaking their budgets. The HDL’s modular design keeps pace with growing requirements, allowing users to add capabilities such as the jam-resistant JRx hot end or dual hot-end that print engineering-grade filaments.
Industrial series production of complex sand cores and molds is now possible using the Exerial™ 3D printer with two job boxes and a printing volume of 130.5 ft3 (3,696 L). Multiple Exerial™ printers can be linked together, forming a networked assembly system.
ERIS Delta 3D Printer from SeeMeCNC
Are you a student, teacher, beginning maker, or tinkerer? Want to get involved with 3D printing without breaking the bank? With a build area of over 4.9″ (124mm) in diameter and 6-1/2″ (165mm) tall, the ERIS packs a lot of print size in a small and portable package.