The 14 largest 3D printers in 2017

 

What are the best 3D printers with a very large build volume?

Large scale 3D printers have been in the spotlight for quite some time. An increasing amount of manufacturers are creating 3D printers that are capable of 3D printing large-sized objects, with dimensions of over one meter. The so-called extra-large build volume 3D printers are capable of 3D printing one very large object such as a piece of furniture or a prototype or 3D printing several series of small objects. When we talk about XXL 3D printers, we mean big.

Similar to our article on the 20 best large volume desktop 3D printers in 2017 we decided to put together a list of the best and largest professional 3D printers commercially available. All our selected 3D printers in the 14 largest 3D printers follow the criteria seen below:

  • Build volume greater than 0.45 m³
  • Extrusion 3D print technology
  • Under $60,000

 

Note: We did not include industrial grade additive manufacturing systems in our table. One of the differences between the two is that industrial 3D printers are mostly used to produce functioning mechanical parts, usually for the automobile or the aerospace industry.

The best 14 largest 3D printers in 2017

3D printerCountryBuild size (mm)Build volume (m³)Price (MSRP*)
Erectorbot EB 2076 LX United States7000 x 2100 x 180026.46$46,425
THE BOXSweden1500 x 1100 x 15002.48$60,000
Tractus3D T3500 RTPNetherlands1000 x 1000 x 19001.90€34,500
CoLiDo MegaChina1000 x 1000 x 15001.50$26,000
DeltaWASP 3MTItaly3000 x 3000 x 30001.20€22,400
3D Platform 400 SeriesUnited States1000 x 1500 x 7001.05$36,999
Titan Robotics Atlas 2.0 United States915 x 915 x 12201.02$26,200
BigRep ONEGermany1005 x 1005 x 10051.02$40,000
Moebyus Machines M3Spain1000 x 1000 x 10001.00€14,995
HORI Z1000China1000 x 1000 x 10001.00$40,000
Extreme Builder 2000 Netherlands700 x 700 x 18200.89€18,995
Zilla3D DeltazillaUnited States750 x 750 x 12200.69$7,995
Leapfrog XceLNetherlands510 x 500 x 23000.59€22,499
German RepRap X1000Germany1000 x 800 x 6000.48$65,500
The selection of the large volume 3D printers is based on decreasing build volume.
*MSRP: Manufacturer suggested retail price.

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The BigRep One features a build size that can 3D print pieces of furniture in one go.

Methodology : how we selected the largest 3D printers

For this article we selected commercially available professional 3D printers offering the largest build volume possible (from our comprehensive 3D printers database). The professional 3D printers featured in our article are basically supersized versions of ordinary desktop 3D printers. They all use extrusion 3D printing technology (FFF) and have the same general design and functioning as regular desktop printers. Besides a large build volume, other criteria we took into account were:

  • Extrusion: these very large 3D printers only use extrusion 3D print technology (FFF, FDM)
  • Under $60,000: the 3D printers featured on our table cost under $60,000

Furthermore, we did not include industrial-grade additive manufacturing systems in the table since these systems are designed for industrial use only and they can be very expensive. However, we decided to include them in a special part since most of these systems are much larger than the professional ones.

Applications for large scale 3D printing

Super-sized 3D printers have many applications. Some of them include 3D printing furniture in one piece and 3D printing large scale prototypes or even series of small prototypes.

3D printing furniture

Very large format professional 3D printers can be used to 3D print furniture in one go. Examples of furniture capable of being 3D printed include tables, chairs and even bathtubs. While large volume desktop 3D printers can 3D print furniture too, they look tiny compared to furniture made by extra-large 3D printers.

The BigRep One in action.
Source: YouTube

3D printing large prototypes or product series

The professional large-scale 3D printers featured in our article can also be used to 3D print large prototypes or a series of small objects and prototypes. The reason why companies use these large scale 3D printers to create their prototypes is that it enables them to test out their products before committing to a big investment. Therefore 3D printing allows industrial designers and engineers to perform more revisions in significantly less time. Hence, they can test their future products extensively while at the same time reducing the production-to-market time.

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The Builder Extreme 2000 in action, 3D printing a prototype yacht ( 700mm length)
Credit: BUILDER

Overview of the best large scale professional 3D printers

The 3D printers featured in this overview are very large build size professional 3D printers. The order of the overview is purely based on decreasing build volume with the first 3D printer being the one featuring the highest build volume.

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Large T-Rex skull 3D printed using THE BOX . Credit: BLB Industries

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Erectorbot EB 2076 LX

  • Build size: 7000 x 2100 x 1800 mm
  • Build volume: 26.46 m3
  • Country: United States

The EB 2076 LX is a very large format professional 3D printer made by Erectorbot, a manufacturer based in the United States. The Erectorbot EB 2076 LX features a dual-extruder, ideal for 3D printing using two colors or 3D printing support. Despite its massive build size, the EB 2076 LX also boasts a moving heated bed with a 12 volt auxiliary reserve for 3D printing using ABS filaments.

  • Price: $46,425
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BLB Industries THE BOX

  • Build size: 1500 x 1100 x 1500 mm
  • Build volume: 2.48 m3
  • Country: Sweden
THE BOX is a large volume professional 3D printer made by BLB Industries, a manufacturer based in Sweden. THE BOX uses FDM technology to 3D print parts from granulates, in order to reduce the costs, while at the same time it allows users to use a wide variety of thermoplastics..

THE BOX features multiple nozzle diameters, ideal for 3D printing using varying thickness. Furthermore, thanks to its high 3D printing speeds, THE BOX is capable of 3D printing up to 6 kg per hour.

  • Price: $60,000
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Tractus3D T3500 RTP

  • Build size: 1000 x 1000 x 1900 mm
  • Build volume: 1.90 m3
  • Country: Netherlands
The T3500 RTP, a large format delta 3D printer, boasts a massive build size that can 3D print to an exact scale of 1:1 up to 1.9 meters high. The large scale Tractus3D T3500 RTP can 3D print using PEEK and ULTEM and comes with the Cura slicing software that can be installed in any operating system including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

  • Price: €34,500
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CoLiDo Mega

  • Build size: 1000 x 1000 x 1500 mm
  • Build volume: 1.50 m3
  • Country: China
The CoLiDo Mega is a large delta 3D printer that like the Tractus3D T3500 RTP, it can 3D print objects to their actual 1:1 scale. The manufacturer advertises that a 1000 x 1000 x 1000 mm object usually takes two to three days to 3D print. The Mega’s 3D speed can be mostly attributed to its delta design as well as the 3D printer’s 0.8 mm nozzle, a nozzle that can extrude more material than the standard 0.4 mm nozzle.

  • Price: $26,000
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WASP DeltaWASP 3MT

  • Build size: 1000 x 1000 x 1200 mm
  • Build volume: 1.20 m3
  • Country: Italy
The WASP DeltaWASP 3MT is an all-in-one delta 3D printer that features CNC milling capabilities through an added tool-head as well as paste extrusion using materials such as concrete, porcelain and geopolymers.

The DeltaWASP 3MT also features a pellet extruder that allows users to 3D print raw polymeric materials such as pellets that are ideal for eco-friendly production. Moreover, thanks to a spitfire extruder, the multi-functional DeltaWASP 3MT is capable of doubling the 3D printing speeds whilst maintaining a high quality when 3D printing large objects.

  • Price: 22,400€
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3D Platform 400 Series WORKBENCH XTREME

  • Build size: 1000 x 1500 x 700 mm
  • Build volume: 1.05 m3
  • Country: United States
The 400 Series WORKBENCHXTREME is a large build volume professional 3D printer that is part of the 3D Platform Workseries series. Thanks to its large format, the 400 Series WORKBENCHXTREME eliminates the need of scaling down or printing several parts that will later require assembly. The 400 Series WORKBENCHXTREME boasts many features such as an advanced cooling system that rapidly cools the print head.

  • Price: $36,999
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Titan Robotics Atlas 2.0

  • Build size: 915 x 915 x 1220 mm
  • Build volume: 1.02 m3
  • Country: United States
The Titan Robotics Atlas 2.0 is a large format professional 3D printer that can be customized based on the user’s needs. This large build size 3D printer can come in two versions; either as an open frame or a closed frame 3D printer. The Atlas 2.0 is a multi-head 3D printer that can be equipped with multiple toolheads such as the Bulldog XL, the E3D Volcano, the E3D V6 hot end and even a second extruder. Another famous large format 3D printer by Titan Robotics is the Cronus.

  • Price: $26,188



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Bigrep One

  • Build size: 1005 x 1005 x 1005 mm
  • Build volume: 1.02 m3
  • Country: Germany
The German Bigrep One is a professional 3D printer that can 3D print objects to their exact scale of 1:1 up to 1 meter wide and 1 meter high. The One is a dual extruder 3D printer that can 3D print in two different colors or with water soluble support material. The specially designed print heads can be easily adjusted or substituted without the need for tools.

  • Price: $40,000
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Moebyus Machines M3

  • Build size: 1000 x 1000 x 1000 mm
  • Build volume: 1.00 m3
  • Country: Spain

 

The M3 is a large build volume professional 3D printer made by Moebyus Machines, a manufacturer based in Spain. This XXL 3D printer is capable of pausing and resuming the 3D printing process on demand and it even saves the printing status in case of a power outage. The M3 is equipped with multiple nozzle diameters for 3D printing using varying thickness and a touchscreen that makes the 3D printer easier to monitor.

  • Price: €14,995
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HORI Z1000

  • Build size: 1000 x 1000 x 1000 mm
  • Build volume: 1.00 m3
  • Country: China
The HORI Z1000 comes with its own specially designed 3D software in order to maximize the best performance of the 3D printer. Another great feature of the HORI Z1000 is that it automatically powers off when the 3D printing process is over as well as alerts the user in case there is a problem with the filament that is being used.

  • Price: quote
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BUILDER Builder Extreme 2000

  • Build size: 700 x 700 x 1820 mm
  • Build volume: 0.89 m3
  • Country: Netherlands
The Builder Extreme 2000 is a large format 3D printer ideal for professionals such as architects, designers, product developers and many more. The Builder Extreme 2000 is capable of 3D printing up to 800 hours continuously with no problem. The large scale Builder Extreme 2000 comes with a dual-feed extruder, a heated bed and an on-board camera for checking the 3D printing process remotely.

  • Price: €18,995
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Zilla3D Deltazilla

  • Build size: 750 x 750 x 1220 mm
  • Build volume: 0.69 m3
  • Country: United States

 

The Deltazilla, is an affordable large volume professional 3D printer that can create objects up to 1.2 meters high. The Deltazilla is an upgradable 3D printer, meaning that users can choose the option to equip it with a heated bed or with multiple tool-heads including  the E3D V6 hotend, an EDd Oscillating hotend and even a genuine 3-in-1 diamond hotend. 

  • Price: $7,995
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Leapfrog XceL

  • Build size: 510 x 500 x 2300 mm
  • Build volume: 0.59 m3
  • Country: Netherlands

 

The XceL is the largest 3D printer made by the Dutch manufacturer Leapfrog. The Leapfrog XceL features the Leapfrog patented PerfectLevel automatic calibration system that efficiently calibrates the 3D printer bed before every 3D print. The XceL also features its own specially designed 3D printing software that improves the workflow of 3D printing with the dual extruder.  The software can be accessed remotely through a user’s phone meaning that users don’t have to be near the 3D printer to start a print.

  • Price: €22,499
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German RepRap X1000

  • Build size: 1000 x 800 x 600 mm
  • Build volume: 0.48 m3
  • Country: Germany
The German RepRap X1000 is a large size 3D printer ideal for multi-object 3D printing or 3D printing big objects. The German RepRap X1000 features a separate filament compartment with sensor technology that warns users when the filament is close to running out. This large build size 3D printer also features an automatic door locking mechanism for extra safety that ensures that the hatch will stay shut during the 3D printing process.

  • Price: $59,990

Large scale industrial 3D printers and additive manufacturing systems

The 3D printers featured in this list are industrial grade additive manufacturing systems and most of them feature a larger build size than most professional 3D printers in our table. In addition, these industrial 3D printers are much more expensive than the professional ones as their price typically varies from $100,000 and can reach up to millions.

 

Furthermore, a major difference between large format industrial 3D printers and the professional ones is that industrial 3D printers use different technologies to 3D print. That is, they usually use jetting technology (including several variations) instead of extrusion (FDM or FFF). Large scale professional 3D printers are similar to simple desktop 3D printers (they both use extrusion technology), however, the large-scale ones feature a much bigger build volume.

 

Finally, industrial 3D printers usually feature much more capabilities than just 3D printing. Most of the 3D printers featured below can 3D scan, laser and plasma cut and they also use different technologies such as jetting to 3D print.

Sciaky EBAM 110 Series

  • Build size: 5791 x 1219 x 1219 mm
  • Build volume: 8.61 m3
  • Country: United States
  • Technology: Extrusion (metal)
The Sciaky EBAM 110 Series is a supersized industrial 3D printer that is part of the Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) series of Sciaky.

The 110 boasts a CNC controlled joint3D scanning and digitizing system as well as a high efficiency pumping chamber with a hard vacuum.

The Sciaky EBAM  in action: additive manufacturing system.
Credit: Sciaky

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 The MILLE LE, an AIO industrial 3D printer made by Millebot.
Credit: Millebot

Millebot Mille LE

  • Build size (3D printing): 1600 x 3050 x 1600 mm
  • Build volume: 7.81 m3
  • Country: United States
  • Technology: Extrusion
The Millebot MILLE LE is an industrial all-in-one 3D printer with a massive build volume that is built into a shipping container. This 3D printer combines additive and subtractive manufacturing thanks to its CNC milling spindle, laser cutter and plasma cutter. The MILLE LE features a wall-mounted single arm that moves across the container.
     

Voxeljet VX4000

  • Build size: 4000 x 2000 x 1000 mm
  • Build volume: 8.00 m3
  • Country: Germany
  • Technology: Jetting (sand molds)
The VX4000 is according to Voxeljet the largest industrial 3D printer for sand molding in the world. The Voxeljet VX4000 is capable of 3D printing either very large individual molds or many small components. This large format 3D printer features a patented layering process that keeps the building platform stable while raising the print head and coater with each layer.

MASSIVit 1800

  • Build size: 1200 x 1500 x 1800 mm
  • Build volume: 3.24 m3
  • Country: Israel
  • Technology: Extrusion (gel-dispensed)
     
The MASSIVit 1800 is a large volume industrial 3D printer that uses gel dispensing technology (GDP) to 3D print (GDP). GDP technology has many advantages including speed, versatility and ease in the 3D printing process.
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The LENS 850-R  uses jetting technology to 3D print
Credit: Optomec

I3D innovation Multi1000H

  • Build size: 1030 x 1030 x 1030 mm
  • Build volume: 1.09 m3
  • Country: France
  • Technology: Extrusion
The I3D innovation Multi1000H is a PEEK-ready 3D printer that can use up to three different filaments to 3D print. This large volume 3D printer features a rigid steel frame that absorbs vibrations caused by the acceleration of the fast printing head.

Optomec LENS 850-R

  • Build size: 900 x 1500 x 900 mm
  • Build volume: 1.22 m3
  • Country: United States
  • Technology: Jetting
The Optomec LENS 850-R is an ideal 3D printer for repairing, reworking and re-modifying large industrial components. The LENS 850-R uses a high-power fiber laser to jet metal powder together and create various structures.

BeAM Magic 2.0

  • Build size: 1200 x 800 x 800 mm
  • Build volume: 0.77 m3
  • Country: France
  • Technology: Jetting
The BeAM Magic 2.0 is a large format industrial 3D printer that was designed to repair or create new metal parts of big dimensions using jetting technology. This large scale 3D printer also features a CNC milling spindle and a strain gauge inspection probe ideal for grinding machines.

ExOne S-Max

  • Build size: 1800 x 1000 x 600 mm
  • Build volume: 1.08 m3
  • Country: Germany
  • Technology: Jetting
The S-Max is an industrial metal 3D printer made by the German manufacturer ExOne. The S-Max is perfect for sand casting as it creates complex sand molds directly from CAD data.
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 The S-Max, an industrial 3D printer made by ExOne.
Credit: ExOne

3D Systems ProX 950

  • Build size: 1500 x 750 x 550 mm
  • Build volume: 0.62 m3
  • Country: United States
  • Technology: Resin (SLA)
The ProX 950 is an industrial 3D printer made by the US manufacturer 3D Systems. The ProX 950 uses Stereolithography (SLA) technology to 3D print.

Stratasys Objet1000 Plus

  • Build size: 1000 x 800 x 500 mm
  • Build volume: 0.40 m3
  • Country: United States
  • Technology: Jetting
The Stratasys Objet1000 Plus is a large format 3D printer that uses triple-jetting technology capable of 3D printing with 14 photopolymers.

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