The 11 best all-in-one (AIO) 3D printers in 2017

 

What are the best all-in-one 3D printers?

Just as old, chunky portable phones from the 80’s have evolved into powerful and multifunctional smartphones, 3D printers are gaining in capacity and can now do much more that just 3D print. Like a modern Swiss Army knife, all-in-one (AIO) 3D printers feature 3D scanning, laser engraving, laser cutting, vinyl cutting, drawing and more. Today, AIO 3D printers can be multi-purpose fabrication tools for makers, professionals, businesses and hobbyists alike. However, since AIO 3D printers are still relatively recent, only a few of them are available for consumers. That is why we decided to take a closer look at the multifunctional 3D printer market and list the best all-in-one 3D printers currently available. We only included AIO 3D printers that cost less than $7,000 and are more accessible to the public, as there are many industrial all-in-one 3D printers that can cost several hundred thousands of dollars.

 

The 11 best AIO 3D printers

AIO 3D printerPrice (MSRP*)3D scannerCNC millLaser engraverLaser cutterPaste extrusion
ZMorph 2.0 SX$2,790-
FABtotum Core$2,446--
Stepcraft-2/600$1,999--
Febtop Tech Optimus 3-in-1$1,749--
FLUX Delta+$850--
XYZPrinting Da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1$900---
Winbo Super Helper SH155L$439---
BoXZY Complete$3,900---
AIO Robotics Zeus$1,500----
5AXISMAKER$6,500----
ATOM 2.5 EX$2,200----
These 3D printers are sorted according to the number of functionalities that they feature.
*Price (MSRP): manufacturer suggested retail price.

 

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The ZMorph 2.0 SX  features CNC milling, laser and paste extrusion capabilities

 

All-in-one 3D printer functionalities

Main functionalities for AIO 3D printers

CNC milling

Computer numerical control (CNC) milling is the removal of material through a specific process that uses rotary cutters, performed by computer-controlled machines that are also known as machining centers or stations. CNC milling, a process similar to drilling and/or cutting, is considered subtractive manufacturing (which is the opposite of the 3D printing additive manufacturing method).

Laser cutting

Laser cutting, a technology usually used in industrial manufacturing applications, is the process of using a laser to cut materials. Laser cutting technology is quite simple; a computer-controlled machine directs either the laser beam or the material that needs to be cut. Laser cutting, as a feature in AIO 3D printers, is usually capable of cutting different kinds of plastics as well as soft metals.

Laser engraving

Laser engraving is the process of using laser technology to engrave an object. When it comes to all in one 3D printers, the materials that can be laser engraved are usually plastics, wood and soft metals such as aluminum.

 

Paste extrusion (syringe extruder)

Paste extrusion is the process of simply pushing any paste-type filament such as PVC foil, EVA foam, machining wax and even chocolate through a specialized tube and nozzle.

ZMorph 2.0 SX multi-toolhead product introduction
Credit: ZMorph

 

Other functionalities

Some of the all-in-one 3D printers included in this article feature other functionalities besides the ones mentioned above. Some of these functionalities include:

  • Drawing: a writing instrument such as a pen or marker can be attached to a 3D printer’s toolhead in order to create automated (or CNC) drawings.
  • Hot-wire cutting: the 3D printer is equipped with a wire made of stainless steel, ideal for cutting foam and similar materials.
  • Vinyl cutting: a technique where a drag knife, also known as a “craft cutter”, is used to cut out shapes or letters from thin, adhesive plastic (ie. for stickers) through adjustable-depth cutting.

 

Multifunctional 3D printers overview

We separated the multifunctional 3D printers into 4 categories, based on the number of functionalities that they feature (including 3D printing):

  • 5-in-1 3D printers
  • 4-in-1 3D printers
  • 3-in-1 3D printers
  • 2-in-1 3D printers




 

Best 5-in-1 3D printer

 

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Example of Northype toolheads including a laser engraver and a CNC mill. Credit: Northype

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ZMorph 2.0 SX

  • Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser cutting, laser engraving, paste extrusion
  • Build size (3D printing): 250 x 235 x 165 mm
  • Country: Poland

 

The 2.0 SX is a powerful all-in-one desktop 3D printer made by ZMorph, a manufacturer based in Poland. Thanks to its interchangeable tool heads, the ZMorph 2.0 SX is capable of rapidly switching between its main functionalities: CNC milling, laser engraving and paste extrusion. The multitool ZMorph 2.0 SX also features a dual extruder and a heated bed. The ZMorph VX is the most recent version of this 3D printer.

  • Price: $3,890 (available on Amazon)

Best 4-in-1 3D printers

 




 

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FABtotum Core

  • Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser engraving, laser cutting
  • Build size (3D printing): 214 x 236 x 242 mm
  • Country: Italy

The Core is a multifunction 3D printer made by FABtotum, a manufacturer based in Italy. The FABtotum Core is capable of CNC milling, laser cutting cardboard and paper and laser engraving various metals, woods and plastics.

As far as 3D printing is concerned, this multipurpose fabrication device features an optional double-faced heated bed with a maximum temperature of 100°C, ideal for 3D printing using ABS. The all-in-one FABtotum series also includes the FABtotum Core PRO.

  • Price: 999€

 

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Stepcraft-2/600

  • Main functionalities: 3D scanning, CNC milling, laser engraving
  • Build size (3D printing): 420 x 600 x 140 mm
  • Country: German

The Stepcraft-2/600 is a professional AIO 3D printer made by the German manufacturer Stepcraft. In addition to its many functionalities, the Stepcraft-2/600 can be equipped with a hot wire cutter, a drag knife (that cuts almost anything a Stanley type knife cuts) and a mini engraving point for faster but less detailed engraving than with the laser.

The Stepcraft-2 was introduced as a Kickstarter project in 2015 and managed to gather over $500,000 by 211 backers.

  • Price: $1,699
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Febtop Tech Optimus 3-in-1

  • Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser cutting, laser engraving
  • Build size (3D printing): 240 x 240 x 300 mm
  • Country: Sweden
The Optimus 3-in-1 is an all-in-one delta 3D printer made by the Swedish manufacturer Febtop Tech. The Febtop Tech Optimus 3-in-1 was an Indiegogo project that managed to gather over $360,000, well over its $50,000 goal.

Although Febtop Tech advertises the Optimus as a 3-in-1 3D printer (they consider laser cutting and engraving as one functionality), we decided to include it in our 4-in-1 category since we consider laser cutting and laser engraving as two different functionalities. The Optimus features a working milling platform of 400 x 400 x 80 mm.

As of August 2017, shipping for the Optimus 3-in-1 starts in September 2017.

  • Price: $1,749

Best 3-in-1 3D printers

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A laser engraver tool-head that can be installed in 3D printers.
Credit: Jtech Photonics




 

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FLUX Delta+

  • Main functionalities: 3D scanning (experimental), laser engraving
  • Build size (3D printing): 168 x 168 x 208 mm
  • Country: Taiwan
The Delta+ is an all-in-one delta 3D printer made by FLUX, a manufacturer based in Taiwan. Besides its laser engraving functionalities, the Delta+ features an experimental 3D scanner for 3D capturing small objects. The FLUX Delta+ is also capable of vinyl cutting as well as drawing.

As of August 2017, the 3D scanner functionality is still in an experimental phase. FLUX is striving to implement a specially designed MeshLab algorithm to enhance its conversion performance.

  • Price: $899 (available on Amazon)
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XYZPrinting Da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1

  • Main functionalities: 3D scanning, laser engraving
  • Build size (3D printing): 250 x 235 x 165 mm
  • Country: Taiwan
The Da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1 is an updated version of the Da Vinci 1.0 AIO made by XYZPrinting, a manufacturer based in Taiwan. This multifunctional machine’s 3D scanning is performed by two lasers, and the process usually takes less than 5 minutes depending on the object’s size.

The laser engraver’s work area is approximately 200 x 200 x 200 mm, and can be used on several different materials including plastics, paper and wood.

  • Price: $899 (available on Amazon)
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Winbo Super Helper SH155L

  • Main functionalities: laser engraving, laser cutting
  • Build size (3D printing): 155 x 155 x 205 mm
  • Country: China
The Super Helper SH155L is an all-in-one desktop 3D printer made by Winbo, a manufacturer based in China. This 3D printer features laser engraving and laser cutting capabilities. The Super Helper SH155L, along with a dozen 1 kg spools of filament and 6 boards for laser cutting and engraving, is available at the price of $439. The standalone price of the Super Helper SH155L is $299.

  • Price: $439 (available on Amazon)
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BoXZY Complete

  • Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser engraving
  • Build size (3D printing): 165 x 165 x 165 mm
  • Country: United States
The BoXZY Complete is an AIO desktop 3D printer made by the US manufacturer, BoXZY. This 3-in-1 3D printer was first introduced as a Kickstarter project in 2015 and managed to collect over $1,000,000 from 630 backers. It’s safe to say that this project was funded successfully.

The BoXZY Complete features a milling area of 203 x 283 x 260 mm and a 3D printing build area of 165 x 165 x 165 mm. The 3-in-1 3D printer also features a power station that the manufacturer calls the “E-Stop Power Station”, which acts as a fail-safe in case the 3D printing process encounters any issues.

  • Price: $3,900



Best 2-in-1 3D printers

Example of a 2-in-1 3D printer featuring a CNC milling tool-head.
Credit: Formaker

 

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AIO Robotics ZEUS

  • Main functionalities: 3D scanning
  • Build size (3D printing): 203 x 152 x 145 mm
  • Country: United States
Zeus, a 3D printer and 3D scanner combo made by the US manufacturer AIO Robotics, is one of the most famous AIO 3D printers on the market.

The ZEUS is a 2-in-1 3D printer that features an incorporated 3D scanner that works using a laser scanning technology and an automated calibration process. This multifunctional 3D printer includes a turntable that rotates the object that is being 3D scanned.

  • Price: $1,500 (available on Amazon)
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5AXISWORKS 5AXISMAKER

  • Main functionalities: CNC milling
  • Build size (3D printing): 400 x 400 x 400 mm
  • Country: United Kingdom
The 5AXISMAKER is a professional AIO 3D printer made by 5AXISWORKS, a manufacturer based in the United Kingdom.

This 2-in-1 3D printer is also available in a bigger version with a 3D printing build size of 600 x 600 x 600 mm. Besides CNC milling, the company is working on providing a 3D scanning touch probe extension.

  • Price: £5,000
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ATOM Atom 2.5 EX 3D Printer Kit

  • Main functionalities: laser engraving
  • Build size (3D printing): 220 x 220 x 345 mm
  • Country: Taiwan
The Atom 2.5 EX 3D Printer Kit is a professional delta 3D printer that features a dual-extruder, ideal for 3D printing with two different colors or for 3D printing support.

The laser engraver can engrave several thermoplastics as well as wood and nylon. The Atom 2.5 EX 3D Printer Kit can be considered the more upgraded version of the ATOM Atom 2.5 3D Printer DIY Kit.

  • Price: $2,498



Other all in one 3D printers

To offer an even more comprehensive view of the AIO 3D printers market, we decided to include a few all-in-one 3D printers that are either currently being crowdfunded or still under development and some large volume industrial 3D printers.

The Snapmaker 3D printer in action: 3D printing and CNC milling.
Credit: Snapmaker

Multitool 3D printers currently under development (as of August 2017)

As of August 2017, these 3D printers are still being developed and are not yet available apart from pre-orders.

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MakerArm, the ultimate 4-in-1 3D printer

  • Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser cutting, laser engraving
  • Build size (3D printing): 399 x 798 x 254 mm
  • Country: United States

The MakerArm started as a Kickstarter project and managed to gather over $430,000 from 340 backers in November 2015. The MakerArm features a 3D printing build area of 399 x 798 x 254 mm and is capable of CNC milling, laser engraving and laser cutting.

This AIO 3D printer features other functionalities such as a vinyl and foam cutter. The MakerArm starts shipping in the early fall of 2017 with a starting price of $2,400 (pre-order), or up to $4,300 for the fully equipped version.

  • Price: $2,400
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Snapmaker, a multifunctional 3D printer under $500

  • Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser engraving
  • Build size (3D printing): 125 x 125 x 125 mm
  • Country: China
The Snapmaker is an affordable all-in-one 3D printer to be introduced to the public by the end of 2017. This multifunctional 3D printer started as a Kickstarter project and managed to gather the considerable amount of $2,227,182 from 5,050 backers. The Snapmaker features a heated bed capable of reaching up to 80°C, and a CNC milling work area of 90 x 90 x 50 mm.

This 3D printer is available for pre-order at the price of $499, with an estimated delivery in December 2017.

  • Price: $499
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Aether 1, the futuristic all-in-one 3D bioprinter

  • Main functionalities: bioprinting, CNC milling, laser engraving, paste extrusion
  • Build size (3D printing): 315 x 229 x 132 mm
  • Country: United States
This upcoming all-in-one 3D bioprinter has been in the news for quite some time. Developed by Aether, a manufacturer based in the US, the Aether 1 is capable of 3D printing 24 different materials and can mix multiple fabrication methods into a single 3D print. The Aether 1 features a microscope to verify 3D bioprint quality, as well as automatic calibration and automatic nozzle cleaning stations.

A beta version of the Aether 1 has been given to various universities including the University of Cambridge. The manufacturer website states that the Aether 1’s launch is planned for the first half of 2017, but an update on this is still awaited as of August 2017.

  • Price: $9,000

 

Large volume all-in-one 3D printers

The following 3D printers have not been included in our main table as they exceed our price limit of $7,000. However, they are impressive multifunctional machines and we thought it would be interesting to include them as a reference.

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

 

Millebot Mille LE

  • Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser cutting, laser engraving
  • Build size (3D printing): 1600 x 3050 x 1600 mm
  • Country: United States
This huge additive manufacturing machine is incorporated inside a specially-altered container that is 6 meters long and almost 2.5 meters wide. Besides its main functionalities, the Mille LE features a plasma tool-head for cutting steel and other conductive metals and a water-jet cutter that is capable of cutting a wide variety of materials.

DeltaWASP 3MT, a professional all-in-one 3D printer

  • Main functionalities: CNC milling, paste extrusion
  • Build size (3D printing): 1000 x 1000 x 1200 mm
  • Country: Italy
  The DeltaWASP 3MT is capable of 3D printing actual pieces of furniture. Indeed, the 250 kg professional AIO delta 3D printer can 3D print objects of up to 1.2 meters tall. The DeltaWASP 3MT features a pellet extruder for eco-friendly production and a spitfire extruder that doubles the 3D printing speed.

  • Price: €22,400
     

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