The ultimate design engineer’s guide to comparing and choosing 3D printers
Not all 3D printers are created equal and there are currently many different technologies and materials to choose from. As the latest report on 3D printing from analysts Roland Berger suggests, keeping up to date with the latest technologies and knowing how to compare them “becomes harder and harder for industrial players”. So, what are the key features to look for? And how can you ensure you select the right printer for your application? These are some of the key questions that this guide will answer.
The guide will begin by helping you understand and compare the leading 3D printing technologies currently available on the market. It will then focus on the most popular of these technologies – FFF/FDM (Fused Filament Fabrication/ Fused Deposition Modelling) – and talk you through the materials that are commonly used on this type of printer. It will provide an overview of the key features of each of these materials to help you choose the one that meets your printing needs.
There are many other vital factors to consider when comparing 3D printers from cost through to speed and size. This guide will guide you through each of them to help you ensure that the machine you choose matches your application.