There is a growing market for large-format 3D printers aimed at consumers and small businesses.
That’s because a large-format 3D printer is ideal for exploring product development stages with rapid prototyping without having to invest in a full-scale industrial additive manufacturing solution. Whether you’re a maker looking to take on big projects or a small business looking for a sizable professional 3D printer, there’s a large-format 3D printer out there that will suit your production needs.
If you just want to get a few large parts professionally 3D printed we recommend Craftcloud, the 3D printing and price comparison service from All3DP.
In the following list, we’ll share the best of both worlds with you, showcasing everything from consumer 3D printers under $1,000 to professional-grade machines up to $50,000. If you are not sure about buying a large format 3D printer, then we recommend you skip ahead to Factors to Consider Before Buying a Large Format 3D Printer for your Business.
Otherwise, you can scroll on to our comparison table of the best large 3D printers. They are sorted by price.
|3D Printer||Build Volume (mm)||Extruder Heads||Min. Layer Height||Printing Speed||Market Price (USD)||Check Price|
|Alfawise U20||300 x 300 x 400||1||100 μm||150 mm/s||$290|
|Tronxy X5SA||330x330x400||1||40 μm||20 -100 mm/s||$360|
|JGAurora A5S||305x305x320||1||100 μm||150 mm/s||$359|
|Tevo Tornado||300 x 300 x 400||1||50||150mm/s||$379|
|Creality CR-10S||300x300x400||1||100 μm||200 mm/s||$499|
|Folger Tech FT-5 R2||300x300x400||1||50 μm||180 mm/s||$499|
|Anycubic Predator||ø370mmx455mm||1||50 μm||150 mm/s||$532|
|Creality CR-10 S4||400x400x400||1||50 μm||200 mm/s||$759|
|Tronxy X5ST-500||500x500x600||1||0.1 - 0.4 mm||2 - 100 mm/s||$800|
|Creality CR-10 S5||500x500x500||1||100 μm||200 mm/s||$900|
|Monoprice Delta Pro||ø270 x 300||1||50 μm||150 mm/s||$1,299|
|Craftbot XL||300x200x440||1||50 μm||200 mm/s||$1,899|
|XYZprinting da Vinci Super||300x300x300||1||20 μm||180 mm/s||$2,100|
|gCreate gMax 2||457.2 x 457.2 x 609.6||1||40 μm||N/A||$3,995|
|MAKEiT PRO-L||305 x 254 x 330||2||50 μm||60 mm/s||$3,199|
|Modix Big 60||610x610x610||1||40 μm||150 mm/s||$3,500|
|Zortrax M300 Plus||300 x 300 x 300||1||90 μm||100 mm/s||$3,590|
|BCN3D Sigmax R19||420x297x210||2||50 μm||N/A||$4,399|
|Fusion3 F410||355x355x315||1||20 μm||250 mm/s||$4,599|
|Ultimaker S5||330x240x300||2||20 μm||> 24 mm³/s||$5,995|
|Raise3D Pro2 Plus||305x305x605||2||10 μm||150 mm/s||$5,999|
|Airwolf EVO 22||305x305x578||2||40 μm||150 mm/s||$11,995|
|BigRep Studio||500x1000x500||1, 2 (optional)||100 μm||140 mm/s||~$50,000|
|BigRep PRO||1005x1005x1005||2||100 μm||Up to 10 ㎨||–|
First, you should determine whether you need a large format 3D printer for your small business at all. Using a 3D printer is not as straightforward as working with a 2D printer. When you set up a print, you need to deal with leveling build plates and other factors most consumers never considered before. In some cases, an online 3D printing service might be better.
Assess your needs with the following criteria:
The answers to these questions determine what kind of large format 3D printer you should buy.
If time is of the essence, there are other factors to consider. FDM is known to be a relatively slow process. The printing speed increases when you set out to print off human-scale objects like furniture. There are ways to tweak the length of time it takes to finish a printing job, like increasing the layer-height or decreasing the infill. However, these modifications will have immediate effects on the quality of the finished part.
The 3D printing technologies FDM and SLA use only the material needed for the actual print (PLUS supports). Other technologies, like SLS, use the entire print bed of powder regardless of the size of printed goods. For this reason, 3D printing services automatically arrange the content of build tray to save the precious powder that cannot be reused without some effort.
In this article, we cover large format FDM 3D printers. Mostly they are used to 3D print thermoplastics like ABS or PLA, and this includes exotic filaments (wood and metal). Some large format 3D printers like the Delta Wasp 3MT can also print materials that are suitable for extrusion like ceramics.
Enlisting the help of an online 3D printing service has the additional advantage that your 3D files are processed by trained professionals who can print them off to perfection. Training your staff to operate a new, large format 3D printer will cost time and money; you might end up producing scrap before the prints are good enough for your small business.
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