3D printers categories
The 3D printers can be classified in several 3D printers categories:
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Desktop and consumer 3D printers
The desktop 3D printer are delivered ready to print and are easy to operate and maintain.
In this category are classified all the 3D printers small enough to fit on a desktop which can be afforded by individuals or small businesses. 3D printing can also be called additive manufacturing.
The criteria for being classified as a desktop 3D printer are therefore a price tag below $10.000 and can fit inside a 800 x 800 x 800 mm cube.
Those 3D printers are delivered ready to 3D print and come with a dedicated software suite. The desktop 3D printers are easy to operate and maintain.
This category of 3D print are recommended for education, design, jewelry, dental or individuals who want to use trouble free plug and print products.
DIY or Kits 3D printers
The DIY or Kit 3D printers usually uses Filament Fused Fabrication 3D printing technology.
In this category are classified all the 3D printers delivered in kits. Those 3D printers require technical knowledge for assembly and usually are more complex to operate than desktop 3D printers.
The DIY/Kits 3D printers are affordable or cheaper compared to their assembled counterparts. They are recommended for tech enthusiasts, geeks, or people with time who want to save money.
The DIY/Kits 3D printers come in a lot of different shapes but they usually uses Filament Fused Fabrication 3D printing technology.
Industrial or commercial 3D printers
The industrial or commercial 3D printers are designed to run intensive productions with liability and repeatability.
In this category are classified the most expensive 3D printers. They can be as small as a coffee machine or as big as a car. They require a specific knowledge or training to be operated.
The industrial 3D printers are the most capable products, made with high performance materials. They are designed to run intensive productions with liability and repeatability.
The criteria for being classified as an industrial or commercial 3D printer are therefore a price tag above $10.000 or a size bigger than a 800 x 800 x 800 mm cube.
This category of 3D printers can rely on a wide type of 3D printing technologies to serve all industries.