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13 professional PEEK 3D printers (also ULTEM®, PEI and high-performance materials)

What are the best PEEK 3D printers and ULTEM® 3D printers?

PEEK and ULTEM® (PEI) are exotic, high-performance materials that are stronger and more resistant than other thermoplastics, making them growingly popular in a number of engineering applications. These strong materials are derived from PAEK (polyaryletherketone), a semicrystalline thermoplastic.

To 3D print such high performance materials, users require a PEEK 3D printer or PEI 3D printer. Indeed, with great power comes great responsibility: PEEK and ULTEM® filaments require specific 3D printing characteristics, such as an enclosed, heated environment and a high-temperature extruder able to reach at least 350°C. Also, these materials are rather expensive in comparison with other thermoplastics like PLA or ABS.

3D printing with PEEK and PEI (ULTEM®) engineering thermoplastics enables manufacturers to:

  • Reduce production costs and time
  • Product lighter-weight yet strong parts
  • Have more design flexibility

Due to the existence of certain patents, there are few 3D printers capable of 3D printing with PEEK or ULTEM® material. We have therefore made a comprehensive PEEK 3D printer selection for this niche. Nevertheless, we did leave out huge industrial machines and low-cost PEEK 3D printers, which we mention in a separate section further on.

PEEK 3D PRINTERS AND PEI 3D PRINTERS IN 2019

PEEK 3D printerPrice*Build volume (in mm)Max. extruder temperatureMax. print bed temperatureMax. build chamber temperatureCountry
3D PrinterWorks HT-5800$14,500457 x 457 x 457420°C160°C-US
3DGence Industry F340€20K-€25K260 x 300 x 340500°C160°C85°CPoland
AON 3D AON-M2$42,000454 x 454 x 640470°C170°C120°CCanada
Apium P155€30K-€40K205 x 155 x 150540°C160°C180°CGermany
Hyrel 3D Hydra 16A$11,400600 x 400 x 500450°C200°C55°CUS
IEMAI Magic-HT-PRO$19,000310 x 310 x 480450°C170°C120°CChina
INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410$20,000305 x 305 x 406450°C160°C90°CChina
Machina Corp X30 HT$6,950300 x 300 x 280500°C150°C90°CCanada
miniFactory Ultra€49,000330 x 180 x 180480°C250°C250°CFinland
Roboze One+400 Xtreme€70,000300 x 200 x 200500°C180°C-Italy
SpiderBot 4.0 HT€7,495200 x 200 x 180470°C240°C350°CFrance
Tractus3D T650P$9,000170 x 170 x 285450°C175°C-Netherlands
VeraShape VSHAPER MED$10K-$50K450 x 450 x 450450°C150°C70°CPoland
This table represents a comprehensive view of the PEEK 3D printer and PEI (ULTEM®) 3D printer market. Since metascores are unavailable for these additive manufacturing systems, they have simply been listed by alphabetical order.

Other 3D printers with high-temperature extruders, print beds and build chambers exist. We chose to only include the ones whose manufacturers clearly state PEEK and/or PEI 3D printing compatibility.

*Price: many of the prices in this table are price ranges, as these industrial-type manufacturers generally only give this information upon quote request. Prices may change over time and from one country to another (currency changes, taxes, fees, etc.).

We haven’t tested all of the 3D printers in this list. For more information on our methodology, read here about how we work.

Requirements for 3D printing PEEK and PEI high-performance materials

PEEK and PEI (ULTEM®) are difficult materials to 3D print. Indeed, they are abrasive and very heat resistant. They therefore require certain features that, at the moment, very few 3D printers provide.

High temperature extruder

The melting point for PEEK materials is 343°C, implicating that the extruder needs to be able to reach that temperature or higher. The hotend extruder must also be all-metal and be resistant to abrasions from aggressive, high-performance materials.

Heated bed

PAEK high-performance polymers require being 3D printed on a heated bed able to reach temperatures of around 120°C. This ensures correct adhesion and 3D print quality.

Heated print area with closed frame

If the temperature is not constant, it can cause the material to shrink and warp– that’s why a closed, heated interior environment is required. This feature is perhaps one of the most difficult to find, because Stratasys holds a patent on the usage of a heated build chamber. This partly explains the lack of diversity in PEEK 3D printers and PEI 3D printers.

Overview of PEEK and PEI 3D printers

The 3D PrinterWorks HT-5800 is able to 3D print high-performance materials.

3D PrinterWorks HT-5800

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 420°C
    • Print bed: 160°C
    • Chamber: N/A
  • Price: $14,500
This PEEK 3D printer made in the US boasts a range of user-friendly features such as automatic calibration, integrated storage, and a filament detection system. The 3D PrinterWorks HT-5800 also comes with a pre-installed laptop and an integrated filament storage compartment. Furthermore, this professional 3D printer’s dual extruder enables users to use soluble support material.

Full specs: 3D PrinterWorks HT-5800 PEEK 3D printer

The 3DGence INDUSTRY F340 is able to 3D print high-resistance materials.

3DGence INDUSTRY F340

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 500°C
    • Print bed: 160°C
    • Chamber: 85°C
  • Price: €20K – €25K
The 3DGence INDUSTRY F340, by Polish manufacturer 3DGence, is a high-temperature 3D printer. It features a dual extruder, to 3D print PEEK with breakaway support material, and an NFC reader to detect the material it is 3D printing. The interchangeable printing modules enable the use of various other industrial-grade materials (PC, PC-ESD, PC-ABS, Nylon, ABS, PET, ASA, PP).

Full specs: 3DGence INDUSTRY F340 PEEK 3D printer

The AON3D AON-M2 is one of the best PEEK 3D printer solutions.

AON 3D AON-M2

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 470°C
    • Print bed: 170°C
    • Chamber: 120°C
  • Price: $42,000
The AON-M2 is a PEEK 3D printer made by AON3D, a Canadian manufacturer. This high-performance material 3D printer features dual extrusion and a large build volume of 454 x 454 x 640 mm. Users can easily swap print surfaces for more continuous workflow. The AON-M2 is equipped with a liquid cooling system for its stepper motors and hot-ends.

Full specs: AON 3D AON-M2 PEEK 3D printer

The Apium P220 is one of the best PEEK 3D printers on the market (Apium formerly Indmatec)

Apium P220

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 540°C
    • Print bed: 160°C
    • Chamber: 180°C
  • Price: €30K – €40K
The Apium P220 is made by German manufacturer Apium, formerly Indmatec. This PEEK and PEI 3D printer features Wi-Fi connectivity for standalone 3D printing, and swappable nozzles to easily change between different nozzle diameters. Apium’s P220 offers a build volume of 220 x 175 x 160 mm.

Full specs: Apium P220 PEEK 3D printer

The Hyrel 3D Hydra 16A is a desktop PEEK 3D printer.

Hyrel 3D Hydra 16A

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 450°C
    • Print bed: 200°C
    • Chamber: N/A
  • Price: $11,400
Hyrel 3D manufactures a range of customizable 3D printers for consumers and professionals. When equipped with Hyrel 3D’s MK1-450 extruder head, their Hydra 16A 3D printer is capable of 3D printing PEEK and other high-performance materials. This 3D printer is also known as the Hydra 430 and Hydra 640 (depending on the chosen build volume).

Full specs: Hyrel 3D Hydra 16A PEEK 3D printer

The IEMAI Magic-HT-PRO is a PEEK 3D printer and a PEI 3D printer.

IEMAI Magic-HT-PRO

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 450°C
    • Print bed: 170°C
    • Chamber: 120°C
  • Price: $19,000
The Magic-HT-PRO provides a large build volume of 310 x 310 x 480 mm. The IEMAI Magic-HT-PRO features a detachable dual extruder with liquid cooling and a filament detector. IEMAI manufactures their own filaments, but the Magic-HT-PRO is compatible with third-party materials as well.

Full specs: IEMAI Magic-HT-PRO PEEK 3D printer

The INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410 is one of the best PEEK 3D printer options on the market.

INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 450°C
    • Print bed: 160°C
    • Chamber: 90°C
  • Price: $20,000
INTAMSYS is a Chinese manufacturer specialized in manufacturing high-temperature 3D printers. The FUNMAT PRO 410 is the latest iteration of the already-popular FUNMAT HT. This PEEK 3D printer boasts an automatic cleaning system for its dual nozzles, as well as automatic bed leveling.

Full specs: INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410 PEEK 3D printer

The Machina Corp X30HT is one of the best PEEK 3D printer options on the market.

Machina Corp X30HT

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 500°C
    • Print bed: 150°C
    • Chamber: 90°C
  • Price: $6,950
Machina Corp, a Canadian manufacturer, offers a series of high-temperature 3D printers. The X30HT is the largest of the series with a 305 x 210 x 280 mm build volume. It features a dual extruder, an onboard camera, and automatic calibration. Users may also choose between equipping the 3D printer with an LCD screen or a touchscreen.

Full specs: Machina Corp X30HT PEEK 3D printer

The miniFactory Ultra is a PEEK and ULTEM 3D printer.

miniFactory Ultra

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 480°C
    • Print bed: 250°C
    • Chamber: 250°C
  • Price: €49,000
This Finnish PEEK and ULTEM® 3D printer offers a large build volume of 330 x 180 x 180 mm. The miniFactory Ultra’s dual extruder is able to 3D print with two materials at a time. A very interesting feature with this PEI 3D printer is its integrated post-processing system that optimizes the physical properties of 3D printed parts.

Full specs: miniFactory Ultra PEEK 3D printer

The Roboze One+400 Xtreme is one of the best PEEK and PEI 3D printer options.

Roboze One+400 Xtreme

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 500°C
    • Print bed: 180°C
    • Chamber: N/A
  • Price: €70,000
Italian manufacturer Roboze specializes in producing high-quality and high-temperature 3D printers for professionals. The Roboze One+400 Xtreme is based on the successful Roboze One+400. This professional PEEK 3D printer uses a beltless rack to improve precision and a vacuum build plate to optimize adhesion.

Full specs: Roboze One+400 Xtreme PEEK 3D printer

The SpiderBot 4.0 HT is a PEEK 3D printer from France.

SpiderBot 4.0 HT

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 470°C
    • Print bed: 240°C
    • Chamber: 350°C
  • Price: €7,495
The 4.0 HT by French manufacturer SpiderBot (Qualup group) is built on a delta architecture. According to SpiderBot, its build chamber can reach an impressive 350°C thanks to infrared heating. The SpiderBot 4.0 HT’s extruder benefits from a liquid cooling system to ensure stable temperatures.

Full specs: SpiderBot 4.0 HT PEEK 3D printer

The Tractus3D T650P is a professional high-resistance material 3D printer.

Tractus3D T650P

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 450°C
    • Print bed: 175°C
    • Chamber: N/A
  • Price: $9,000
This Dutch 3D printer features a solid, delta-style frame made of aluminum and polycarbonate. It’s possible to 3D print two high-performance materials simultaneously with the T650P’s optional dual extruder. A filament sensor detects and warns users when the spool runs out of filament.

Full specs: Tractus3D T650P PEEK 3D printer

The VeraShape VSHAPER MED high-performance PEEK PEI 3D printer for medical applications.

VeraShape VSHAPER MED

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 450°C
    • Print bed: 150°C
    • Chamber: 70°C
  • Price: $10K – $50K
The VSHAPER MED is a professional PEEK 3D printer from VeraShape, a Polish manufacturer. This PEI 3D printer features antibacterial coatings and interior sterilization, making it suitable for the medical industry and its applications. VeraShape’s VSHAPER MED offers a large build volume of 450 x 450 x 450 mm.

Full specs: VeraShape VSHAPER MED PEEK 3D printer

Special mentions: other high-temperature 3D printers

Below are a few other high-temperature 3D printers that we haven’t included in our main selection due to lack of information or because they target different markets (e.g. heavy industrial applications, low-cost hardware, etc.).

3ntr Spectral 30

The 3ntr Spectral 30 is a high-temperature 3D printer with a quadruple extruder (four nozzles). This professional additive manufacturing machine is able to 3D print complex materials for industrial applications. Although it largely seems compatible with materials such as PEEK, PEKK, and PEI, the manufacturer doesn’t state it clearly.

Dynamical Tools HT45

This high-temperature 3D printer from Spain provides a large build volume of 450 x 300 x 300 mm. The Dynamical Tools HT45 features a liquid cooling system and a titanium thermal barrier to ensure optimal temperatures. We didn’t include this 3D printer in the main selection as it isn’t available on the market yet.

Rodri 3D printer

Rodri is a Dutch manufacturer. Their 3D printer is equipped with high-temperature features; the hotend can reach 380°C and the print bed is able to heat up to 120°C. At the moment, very little information is available regarding this 3D printer.

Large industrial-grade PEEK 3D printers

These industrial PEEK 3D printers require a large footprint and are priced at over $100,000.

  • Essentium HSE 180-S

According to US-based manufacturer Essentium, the HSE 180-S is able to heat its extruder up to a whopping 600°C in only three seconds. Furthermore, thanks to its High Speed Extrusion (HSE) technology, the HSE 180-S can 3D print up 500 mm/s. This technology makes use of electromagnetic energy with high-energy plasma.

  • GEWO3D HTP 260

The GEWO3D HTP 260 is an industrial PEEK 3D printer with dual extrusion. Its build chamber heats up to 260°C while its double nozzle heats up to 450°C. GEWO3D, a German manufacturer from Munich, produces their own proprietary filaments with high-performance engineering thermoplastics (PEEK, PEI, etc.).

  • I3D Innovation Multi1000H

This PEEK 3D printer from the French manufacturer I3D Innovation provides a huge build volume of 1030 x 1030 x 1030 mm. An optional triple extruder is available, enabling professionals to 3D print with different materials simultaneously. The Multi1000H also features a special filament compartment to store up to 4 filament spools of 2.2 kg each.

  • Stratasys Fortus 900

Stratasys is one of the biggest professional FDM 3D printer manufacturers in the world. This manufacturer provides high-quality additive manufacturing systems, including the Fortus 900mc ULTEM® 3D printer. The Stratasys Fortus 900’s webcams enable its users to monitor the 3D printing process remotely.

Affordable PEEK 3D printers

These low-cost PEEK 3D printers are available for under $5,000, but reaching PEEK-compatible temperatures requires excellent hardware and expertise. Thus, we can’t guarantee that these cheap 3D printers actually can 3D print PEEK as their manufacturers claim, but they are interesting to mention.

  • OO-KUMA KATANA

The OO-KUMA KATANA is a professional yet affordable ($3,200) PEEK 3D printer from Turkey. This 3D printer features Titanium-Zirconium-Molybdenum nozzles, to protect them from abrasions that high-resistance materials may cause.

  • Picaso 3D Designer XL

Picaso 3D is a Russian manufacturer that produces various professional 3D printers. The Designer XL (€3,550) boasts a rather large build volume of 360 x 360 x 610 mm and can achieve a 10-micron minimum layer thickness (0.01 mm).

  • CreatBot F430

This affordable PEEK 3D printer boasts air filters, a dual extruder, and automatic bed leveling. Its build chamber is enclosed and is able to heat up to 70°C. The F430 by CreatBot is available on AliExpress for under $4,000.

PEEK 3D printing filament properties

Pros and cons of PEEK filament

PEEK, or Polyether Ether Ketone, has its benefits as well as its limits.

Pros

PEEK is dimensionally stable. This means that it can tolerate significant changes in temperature, moisture, and other conditions:

  • High temperature tolerance: can operate in temperatures of up to 250° C, and can withstand weight for a few moments in temperatures up to 350° C.
  • Low flammability and less toxic emissions.
  • Chemical resistance: PEEK is one of the most chemically resistant thermoplastics available.
  • Strength (see Engineering.com’s article for more technical details).
  • Low moisture absorption: PEEK is water and steam resistant.
  • Great mechanical properties: it is possible to 3D print prototypes that have physical properties as close to the end part as possible.

Cons

Although PEEK presents many advantages, this material also has a few limits.

  • Expensive: PEEK prices are relatively high, going from $400 to $700 per kilo.
  • Appearance: it mostly only comes in shades of one, beige-like color. It can be black if mixed with Carbon.
  • Low impact strength (ability to withstand a load).
Benefits of PEEK, a high-performance material, according to Victrex.

The main benefits of PEEK material.
Source: Victrex

PEEK vs. ULTEM®

PEEK and ULTEM® are quite similar, but have their differences:

  • Cost: ULTEM® is more cost-effective than PEEK.
  • Impact strength: PEI has lower impact strength than PEEK.
  • Tensile strength: PEEK has higher tensile strength than PEI.
  • Certifications: ULTEM® 3D printing-compatible filament has received aerospace certifications.
  • Temperature resistance: PEEK features higher temperature resistance than PEI.

PEI or ULTEM®?

ULTEM® is actually a brand of PEI manufactured by SABIC, a company based in Saudi Arabia. Most 3D printer manufacturers and filament resellers use SABIC’s name, ULTEM®, as it is the only brand of PEI base material available on the market. SABIC sells PEI (ULTEM®) in the form of resins or foam. Smaller resellers then transform it into granulates, filament, etc.

Comparing PEEK vs PEI.

Comparison data for PEEK, PEI (ULTEM®), PC (Polycarbonate), Nylon and ABS.
Source: Aaron Louis Technology

Applications for PEEK and ULTEM 3D printing

PEEK and ULTEM® 3D printing is mostly useful for manufacturers requiring strong prototypes and/or end parts that can withstand extreme conditions, in a variety of industries. Some manufacturers even present PEEK 3D printing as an alternative to 3D printing metal parts.

Aerospace, automotive and military

These industries have safety standards, weight limits, and require resistance to various elements, such as vibrations and extreme temperatures. Being lightweight yet strong and resistant, PEEK and ULTEM® 3D printed end parts are increasingly popular in aerospace, automotive and military fields.

An aerospace part (air wing) 3D printed with Roboze's Carbon PEEK on the ARGO 500.

An aerospace part (air wing) 3D printed with Roboze’s Carbon PEEK on the ARGO 500.
Source: Roboze

A custom PEEK Orbitocranial Implant.
Source: MedCAD

Oil and gas

Thanks to PEEK’s chemical resistance and impermeability, oil and gas manufacturers can use the material to 3D print air valves and other parts.

Medical implants

PEEK and PEI feature similar properties to those of human bones. Therefore the human body doesn’t reject PEEK implants as much as other materials.

Semiconductors

With PEEK’s electrical integrity it is possible to 3D print flexible circuit boards, as well as wire and cable insulation.

Cost of PEEK and ULTEM® (PEI) 3D printing

PEEK 3D printers and ULTEM® 3D printers price

Most PEEK-ready 3D printers are available at prices ranging from $10K to $50K, and can even go up to $250K. It might seem like a hefty price tag, but these professional additive manufacturing systems feature specific technology that is difficult to integrate into a machine. However, more affordable 3D printers capable of 3D printing with PAEK materials are appearing on this niche market as it grows. For example, the OO-KUMA KATANA is available for just under $3K.

PEEK and ULTEM® filament price

PEEK filament price

Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) material is among the most expensive plastics on the market: its price can range from about $400 to $700 per kilo. However, 3Devo has made it possible to bring these prices down with one of their advanced professional extruder machines. Although it is not the easiest process, this desktop extruder can make PEEK filament from PEEK pellets or granules.

ULTEM® filament price

PEI, or ULTEM®, is a cheaper alternative to high-performance PEEK material. The cost per kilogram can vary between 150$ to around 280$. For reference, basic PLA filament is available for as low as $15 per kilo.

PEEK 3D printer FAQ

What kind of material is ULTEM®?

ULTEM® is a kind of thermoplastic used for professional and industrial applications.

What is ULTEM® plastic?

ULTEM® plastic is Polyetherimide (PEI), a resistant engineering thermoplastic.

What is PEI 3D printing?

Professionals and industrials use PEI to produce strong prototypes or end-use parts.

What material is PEI?

PEI stands for Polyetherimide and is also known as ULTEM®, which is actually a brand manufactured by SABIC. This engineering thermoplastic is strong and resistant to extreme conditions, though less than PEEK.

What is PEEK plastic?

PEEK stands for Polyetheretherketone. It is a highly resistant material (extreme temperatures, chemicals, etc.).

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