3D Printing Expo Showcases Printers for Businesses Large and Small

 
 
By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-04-23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    3D Printing Expo Showcases Printers for Businesses Large and Small

    by Todd R. Weiss
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    2 - XYZ Printing's Da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Makes 3D Printing Affordable
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    XYZ Printing's Da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Makes 3D Printing Affordable

    A popular home and school printer, the Da Vinci Jr. 1.0, at $349, is a basic, affordable 3D printer that is easy to use for beginners and has 100- to 400-micron resolution for quality printing. Items can be printed on the device with a build size of up to 5.9 by 5.9 by 5.9 inches.
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    3 - $799.99 Da Vinci AiO 1.0 3D Printer Is Easy to Use
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    $799.99 Da Vinci AiO 1.0 3D Printer Is Easy to Use

    XYZ Printing's Da Vinci AiO printer includes a built-in dual-head laser scanner so users can scan the item they want to duplicate and then print it, all from within the same device. The machine is an easy-to-use Windows or Mac plug-and-play printer with a 7.8-by-7.8-by-7.5-inch build size.
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    4 - From LulzBot, the $1,350 LulzBot Mini 3D Printer
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    From LulzBot, the $1,350 LulzBot Mini 3D Printer

    With a 6-by-6-by-6.2-inch maximum build size, the LulzBot Mini is a desktop 3D printer that's perfect for home users, designers and anyone else looking for a simple-to-use desktop 3D printer. It also includes a low maintenance polyetherimide (PEI) print surface for easy setup and use.
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    5 - The LulzBot Taz 5, for Bigger Projects
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    The LulzBot Taz 5, for Bigger Projects

    Retailing for about $2,200, the LulzBot TAZ 5 is a desktop 3D printer for industrial users that includes a spacious 11.7-by-10.8-by-9.8-inch print area and a new LulzBot Hexagon all-metal hot end that lets the machine print using a variety of plastics and other materials.
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    6 - $799.99 Robo 3D R1 Gives Users Creative Options
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    $799.99 Robo 3D R1 Gives Users Creative Options

    This machine will print using any available material using its new Hexagon all-metal hot end extruder that gives users lots of creative options for materials and print quality. The Robo 3D R1 features a build area of 10 by 9 by 8 inches and is capable of 100-micron print quality.
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    7 - Formlabs' $3,299 Form 1+ 3D Printer Builds in Incredible Detail
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    Formlabs' $3,299 Form 1+ 3D Printer Builds in Incredible Detail

    Instead of rolls of plastic filaments, the Form 1+ machine prints using high-performance liquid photopolymer resins, which can build items with incredible detail. The Form 1+ has a build area of 4.9 by 4.9 by 6.5 inches, and it can create layers as thin as 25 microns.
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    8 - The $1,199 Ekocycle Cube Prints From Recycled Plastic Bottles
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    The $1,199 Ekocycle Cube Prints From Recycled Plastic Bottles

    Recycled 20-ounce plastic soda bottles are used for the filament materials used in the Ekocycle Cube 3D printer from 3D Systems, which also sells commercial 3D printers. The Ekocycle's 6-by-6-by-6-inch build area lets users create a wide range of items for home and personal use.
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    9 - Print With Carbon Fiber or Kevlar With MarkForg3D Mark One Printer
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    Print With Carbon Fiber or Kevlar With MarkForg3D Mark One Printer

    The MarkForg3D Mark One printer can print with Kevlar and carbon fiber, as well as with Fiberglas, giving users capabilities with super-strong materials. The Mark One, with a 12.6-by-5.2-by-6.3-inch build area, is $5,500 alone or $8,799 with Kevlar and other supplies.
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    10 - $2,899 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer Prints Smooth Surfaces
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    $2,899 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer Prints Smooth Surfaces

    The popular MakerBot Replicator features a 25.2-by-19.9-by-15-inch build area and a 100-micron layer resolution that gives users lots of flexibility in producing quality 3D items. The printer includes a new MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder that prints smooth-to-the-touch surfaces.
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    The Mcor Iris Uses Paper to Create 3D Items

    Instead of extruding items out of plastic filament, the Mcor Iris prints using standard reams of office paper. The Iris, which is aimed at commercial users and sells for about $50,000, prints in more than 1 million colors and works only with 64-bit Windows XP or later operating systems.
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    12 - Stratasys Fortus 250mc for Production-Grade 3D Printing
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    Stratasys Fortus 250mc for Production-Grade 3D Printing

    Aimed at commercial and industrial users, the Stratasys Fortus 250mc prints using ABSplus-P430 plastic and is capable of printing in layers ranging from 0.013 to 0.007 inches in thickness. The Fortus 250mc, which sells for about $55,000, has a build area of 10 by 10 by 12 inches.
 

Today's 3D printers range in size from compact desktop units to large commercial machines that allow the creation of large parts and prototypes. While they serve different purposes, they perform similar tasks, laying down layer upon layer of material to gradually build up a part until it is complete. eWEEK recently took a closer look at some of the latest consumer and commercial 3D printers on the market at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in New York City, where a diverse selection of devices was on display and in operation from a myriad of vendors, including Stratasys, 3D Systems, XYZ Printing, LulzBot, Robo 3D and Formlabs. Commercial 3D printing has been around for almost 30 years, used by a wide range of product manufacturers, aerospace companies and others to quickly design and produce prototypes, molds and one-off parts without having to invest lots of money and time. Top-of-the-line industrial 3D printers can sell for as much as $5 million, while consumer-based devices can be purchased for as little as $349. Here is a sampling of some of the 3D printers we saw in operation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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