All-in-one 3D printers are somewhat rare, with few manufacturers trying their hand at mastering several tool processes and unifying them into one simple to use package. Of those that do, some give the appearance of curiosity-sating gadgets (that in actuality are perfectly suited to small jobs), while others are full-on productivity machines designed for the makerspace.
Scroll on for a bigger picture of the all-in-one 3D printers out there.
When the Snapmaker 3D printer went on Kickstarter, it was funded in a matter of days. Some five thousand backers gave $2,277,182 to the company for the development of this impressive little all-in-one 3D printer.
The killer feature of this inexpensive all-in-one 3D printer is its interchangeable tool heads. The three function-giving modules can be swapped onto the Snapmaker’s X-axis rail for 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC milling.
The fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing module accepts 1.75mm filament. The bed is heated (up to 100 degrees Celsius). But at only 125mm square and with a build height of 125mm, prints are rather limited in size.
Ease of use seems to be a common theme for the Snapmaker. It makes use of a color touchscreen for operation, a simple assembly of few parts and comes bundled with the proprietary Snap3D software. Presumably, this is to ensure smooth operation switching between functions.
The laser engraving module features a 1500 mW laser capable of burning designs into wood, leather and similar materials. In addition, the CNC milling module claims an adjustable spindle speed between 2,000 and 7,000 rpm.
All in all, a competent little all-in-one 3D printer.
The FLUX Delta all-in-one 3D printer got its start in Taipei back in March 2014. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised 1.6 million dollars, over the next two years the FLUX Delta went on to ship to some 64 countries.
Since then, the FLUX Delta has been phased out and supplanted by the FLUX Delta+.
The FLUX Delta+ all-in-one 3D printer uses a delta frame and motion system to move its multitude of tool heads, boasting quick and accurate results. In total there are five functions: 3D printing, vinyl cutting, laser engraving, 3D scanning and drawing.
The drawing tool head is particularly neat, allowing you to attach brushes, pencils, pens, charcoal or other writing instruments for precise computer drawn masterworks.
All functions of the FLUX Delta+ all-in-one 3D printer are controlled within the FLUX Studio software.
Perhaps the most interesting thing to note about the FLUX Delta+, besides its award winning design, is that it FLUX maintains an open SDK for this all-in-one 3D printer, meaning experimenters will be able to push things further and add functionality as they require.
This stylish looking productivity machine is a 3D printer at its core, coming with a single-nozzle dual extrusion system for multi-color, multi-material printing right off the bat (it’s one of our favorite delta printers).
Thanks to magnetic ball joints connecting the end effector and sliding arms of the locomotion system, you can remove the print head and swap in either a spare with a different nozzle size, add Atom’s 200mW laser engraving module or the company’s development housing so that you can experiment with your own functions.
So, on top of fine detail 3D printing in multiple materials, you can load up paper, cardboard, leather or all manner of materials for laser engraving. Promotional materials for Atom’s machines shows a CNC milling function in action, but such a module has yet to materialize for this stylish all-in-one 3D printer.
We do know they are working on adding optional SLA resin 3D printing to their next printer, the Atom 3, though so we anticipate exciting things from the company in the not-too-distant future.
Find out more about this all-in-one 3D printer: atom3d.com
The challenge of creating an all-in-one 3D printer is ending up with a product that is good enough in each of its functions to justify the mashing together of technologies and the possible compromises that may result. Italian tech company FABtotum approached this quandary by making its project open source, drawing on community expertise to overcome some of the challenges.
The FABtotum team approached multipurpose fabrication in an all-in-one 3D printer from the very beginning of their successful Kickstarter run all the way back in 2013. The resulting FABtotum Personal Fabricator was an assured step in the right direction, leading to what the company currently offers today: the FABtotum Pro Core — the basic 3D printer around which you can build your own multi-purpose machine with an array of add-on tool heads.
FABtotum currently offers two 3D printing heads (standard and a steel-nozzle PRO), CNC milling head, two laser engraving tool heads (standard and the more powerful PRO) plus the recently unveiled PRISM stereolithography (SLA) system, which uniquely adds the possibility of 3D printing with resin on the core’s long list of abilities.
Tying it all together with a proverbial bow on top is FABtotum’s open source Fabui Colibri operating system. Running directly on the machine itself, you simply dial in via the web on your device of choice to prepare and send jobs for any of the Core’s functions.
Individual user profiles for multi-user operation and project management feature, making the FABtotum Personal Fabricator a productivity machine for organizations and individuals alike.
This all-in-one 3D printer gathered a lot of traction on Kickstarter when it debuted back in 2015. Successfully funded and eventually delivered to backers, the BoXYZ endures as a robust makerspace all-in-one 3D printer tooled up for heavy-duty projects.
The only all-in-one 3D printer to feature on this list that can carve through steel like butter, the BoXYZ can be outfitted with CNC mill and laser engraver canister tool heads. In fact this unique metal mangling ability was only discovered by the manufacturer post-launch completely by accident. The BoXYZ all-in-one 3D printer was not created to cut steel, but it does a pretty fine job nonetheless.
The all-metal architecture makes the BoXZY’s very sturdy, and weighing in at some 50 pounds, there’s no chance of the machine skipping around your desktop in the middle of jobs.
At $3,899 for the complete tool set, the BoXZY does not come cheap. But it does come with some useful accessories, including an big red emergency stop button that kills the active tool (as you’d find on workshop tools) and an extremely solid metal body in raw and anodized black color options.
Possibly the most “makery” of all-in-one 3D printers to feature on our list.
Find out more about this all-in-one 3D printer: boxyz.com
Successfully funded on Kickstarter back in 2015, Stepcraft’s Stepcraft 2 is a name that often crops up when the conversation turns to hybrid machines.
An all-in-one that’s CNC first, 3D printer third or fourth, the Stepcraft 2’s primary mode is cutting, with basic packages coming equipped with Dremel rotary cutting tools. However, the Stepcraft 2’s distinctive orange and white gantry system is outfitted with a mount that supports a great number of tool heads.
In total, Stepcraft supports the following functions through tool heads: plotting, milling, vinyl cutting, 3D printing, hot wire cutting, wood burning, engraving, laser engraving and 3D touch probing.
Available in a variety of sizes, all Stepcraft 2 all-in-ones feature large work planes, making them remarkably versatile machines.
The smallest Stepcraft 2 all-in-one “Make Anything” package, featuring the base CNC carving kit plus 3D printing head, drag knife, hot wire cutter and myriad accessories will set you back $3,799 — a hefty sum, but perhaps not when you consider that includes a working area of at least 420 x 600 x 140mm (depending on the model you choose) and more tooling options than you can shake a finely machined stick at.
Find out more about this all-in-one 3D printer: stepcraft.us
Based in Poland, Zmorph is arguably the most successful producer of dedicated all-in-one 3D printers. The current top spec model, the ZMorph VX is a bona fide productivity powerhouse. Touting multiple tools handling many materials, the ZMorph VX also features a distinctive triangular prism shape that comes from the typical architecture of a RepRap MendelMax RepRap.
Through a series of easily interchangeable tool heads, the ZMorph VX can change function pretty much on the fly. Standard 3D printing tool heads for 1.75 mm filament and 3mm filament already give it an advantage over most other all-in-one 3D printers, while the additional single-nozzle dual-extrusion tool head allows for color-mixing and multi-material 3D printing. A heated bed means tricky high-temperature loving filaments like ABS, PETG, plus HIPS and PVA (soluble support materials) are possible on the VX.
The ZMorph VX’s tooling capabilities are pushed further with the CNC PRO and Laser PRO tool heads. The former works in conjunction with the VX’s tank-like frame and motion system’s high torque to mill (or at least engrave) most woods, acrylic, glass and other materials. The Laser PRO head packs an encased 2.8Watt blue laser diode capable of cutting many softer materials and engraving woods, plastics and leather without overburn.
And finally the ZMorph VX can also print chocolate. Or rather any thick paste-like material. This is done through the pneumatic Thick Paste Extruder tool head.
To balance all these functions, Zmorph seems to have found the right track with its in-house developed Voxelizer 3D software.
ZMorph’s software processes its jobs by voxelizing the models it is tasked with. Representing 3D models as 3D-pixels, rather than triangular meshes as seen in other programs Volxelizer 3D allows operations that are not possible with traditional approaches – like the use of 3D filters and direct compatibility with MRI (Medical) scan data.
As its all-cap shouty title suggests, 5AXISWORKS’ 5AXISMAKER makes things in five axes, which is pretty unique in the world of all-in-one 3D printers.
Similar in style to the Stepcraft 2, the 5AXISMAKER features a moving gantry with interchangeable tool heads — the one key difference being that an additional pivoting robot is added to the end of the Y-axis arm, allowing the tool head to achieve a high degree of freedom. This translates to radical jobs like three-dimensionally curved 3D printing, and advanced CNC carving of materials.
Out of the box, the 5AXISMAKER comes with CNC milling and 3D printing tool heads — the latter with 0.6mm nozzle — but the special tool mounts are available by request. A touch probe tool head is also available.
Coming in two generous sizes, the smallest of which has a working volume of 400 x 400 x 400mm, the 5AXISMAKER is a serious machine for exacting projects. At the time of writing, the 5AXISWORKS is engaged in the DiCoMI research project of the EU.
The company is also working on a three-axis CNC machine, the BASICMAKER, so watch this space.
Find out more about this all-in-one 3D printer: 5axismaker.com
While most all-in-one 3D printers can 3D print, CNC mill and laser engrave, the Aether 1 offers a curious and specialized twist in its bank of syringe ink extruders.
Pairing a dual extrusion FDM 3D printing tool head with an array of syringes equipped to extrude bio-inks, pastes and all manner of viscous liquids, the Aether 1 finds itself as a specialized all-in-one 3D printer ideal for bioprinting as the competitors.
Outside of bioprinting, it is possible to mount a laser, droplet jetting extruders and custom tool holders. In all, a flexible machine, although the medical research application is the Aether 1’s strongest draw.
Want more yummy stats? The Aether 1 offers automatic air pressure calibration (first of its kind), automatic stage leveling with optical sensor, dual automatic nozzle cleaning, automatic retraction of inactive syringes and tools, optional high-resolution motors capable of reaching a 0.4 nanometer Z axis resolution/minimum 50 micron layer diameter, sterility filter to create sterile environment for food printing, LED backlights for glow-in-the-dark materials and fluorescent biomaterials. You can also attach a microscope if you want. The printers dimensions are 24 x 17 x 15 inches with a build size of 12.4 x 9 x 5.2 inches.
Currently the Aether 1 sees action as a experimental device for research institutions — you won’t be able to pick one up online just yet. Aether offers an email sign up for future updates regarding the Aether 1.
Find out more about this all-in-one 3D printer: discoveraether.com
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