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PEEK 3D printer 2019: best 3D printers for PEEK and PEI (ULTEM)


The PEEK 3D printer market is growing, but it is still a niche. Here we provide you with a comprehensive overview of what’s available on the market for 3D printing with PEEK, PEI, and other high-performance materials like PEKK. If you need any additional information or free advice, please reach out via our quote contact form.

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

PEEK and ULTEM® (PEI) are high-performance materials that boast high strength and resistance compared to other thermoplastics. Hence, they are growingly popular in a number of engineering applications. These strong materials are derived from PAEK (polyaryletherketone), a semicrystalline thermoplastic.

To 3D print PEEK and ULTEM® filaments, you need a PEEK 3D printer with an enclosed, heated environment and a high-temperature extruder (at least 350°C). Also, these materials are rather expensive in comparison with other thermoplastics like PLA or ABS.

The main advantage of 3D printing with PEEK and PEI (ULTEM®) is that you can produce very strong parts that are chemically resistant, all while being lightweight.

There aren’t many 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.

PEKK is also a very interesting engineering material– while it still requires a highly controlled environment, it can be 3D printed at lower temperatures than PEEK and PEI (jump to section about PEKK).

PEEK 3D PRINTERS AND PEI 3D PRINTERS IN 2019

PEEK 3D printerPrice*Build volumeNozzle temp.Bed temp.Chamber temp.CountryBuy
3DGence Industry F340€20K-€25K260 x 300 x 340 mm500°C160°C85°CPolandQuote
AON 3D AON-M2$42,000454 x 454 x 640 mm470°C200°C120°CCanadaQuote
Apium P220€30K - €40K220 x 175 x 160 mm540°C160°C180°CGermanyQuote
Cincinnati SAAM HT$23,499200 x 190 x 240 mm500°C250°C110°CUnited StatesQuote
Dynamical Tools HT45€49,900450 x 300 x 300 mm500°C200°C200°CSpainQuote
IEMAI Magic-HT-PRO$19,000310 x 310 x 480 mm450°C170°C120°CChinaQuote
INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410$27K - $35K305 x 305 x 406 mm500°C160°C90°CChinaQuote
miniFactory Ultra$49,000330 x 180 x 180 mm470°C250°C250°CFinlandQuote
Roboze One+ 400 Xtreme€70,000300 x 200 x 200 mm500°C180°C-ItalyQuote
Qualup Qu3 HT€34K - €40K300 x 250 x 300 mm500°C275°C275°CFranceQuote
Tractus3D T850P$11,900ø 300 x 380 mm450°C175°C65°CNetherlandsQuote
This table represents a comprehensive view of the PEEK 3D printer and PEI (ULTEM®) 3D printer market. These PEEK and PEI 3D printers 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. This means 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

To print PAEK high-performance polymers, a heated bed is mandatory, and it must be able to reach temperatures of 120°C at the very least. This ensures correct adhesion and overall 3D print quality.

Closed and heated chamber

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 for good dimensional stability. Ideally (and especially important for larger parts), the chamber should be able to go up to or over 143°C, which is PEEK’s glass transition temperature (Tg).

This feature is perhaps one of the most difficult to find, as these types of heating systems are complex to implement.

Overview of PEEK and PEI 3D printers

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
  • Build volume: 260 x 300 x 340 mm
  • 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 engineering materials (PC, PC-ESD, PC-ABS, Nylon, ABS, PET, ASA, PP). This PEEK 3D printer is also equipped with an air filtration system and a heated filament chamber (70°C).

More information: 3DGence INDUSTRY F340 PEEK 3D printer

AON3D AON-M2 best PEEK 3D printer Canada

AON 3D AON-M2

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 470°C
    • Print bed: 200°C
    • Chamber: 120°C
  • Build volume: 454 x 454 x 640 mm
  • Price: $42,000
The AON-M2 is a PEEK 3D printer made by AON3D, a Canadian manufacturer. This high-performance material 3D printer features independent dual extrusion and a large build volume of 454 x 454 x 640 mm. Users can easily swap print surfaces for a smoother workflow.

The AON-M2 is equipped with a liquid cooling system for its stepper motors and hot-ends.

More information : AON 3D AON-M2 PEEK 3D printer

Apium P220 best high-temperature 3D printer (Apium formerly Indmatec)

Apium P220

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 540°C
    • Print bed: 160°C
    • Chamber: 180°C
  • Build volume: 220 x 175 x 150 mm
  • Price: €30K – €40K
The Apium P220, made by German manufacturer Apium (formerly Indmatec), is designed to process high-performance polymers, composites, and metals. This PEEK 3D printer is equipped with a high-quality closed loop system, intelligent control software, and an Adaptive Heating System.

These features offer the unique ability to 3D print materials without affecting their thermal and chemical properties. The P220 also boasts Smart Material Management, meaning that the printer recognizes the type of filament it is 3D printing.

More information: Apium P220 PEEK and PEI 3D printer

Cincinnati SAAM HT high-temperature 3D printer PEEK carbon fiber composites ULTEM

Cincinnati SAAM HT

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 500°C
    • Print bed: 250°C
    • Chamber: 110°C
  • Build volume: 200 × 190 × 240 mm
  • Price: $23,499
SAAM HT stands for Small Area Additive Manufacturing High Temperature. This 3D printer is designed for high-temperature materials including PEEK and PEI, but also for composites such as carbon fiber reinforced polymers.

One of this 3D printer’s most interesting features is its Automated Ejection System for continuous 3D printing. It enables the 3D printer to clear its print bed autonomously in order to take on new prints without requiring manual intervention.

More information: Cincinnati Incorporated SAAM HT 3D printer

Dynamical Tools HT45 high temperature 3D printer engineering materials

Dynamical Tools HT45

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 500°C
    • Print bed: 200°C
    • Chamber: 200°C
  • Build volume: 450 x 300 x 300 mm
  • Price: €49,900
Dynamical Tools, also known as Dynamical 3D, is a 3D printer manufacturer from Spain. Their HT45 is dedicated to 3D printing PEEK and metal filaments. It boasts liquid cooling, a large touchscreen, and an on-board camera for remote monitoring.

The Dynamical Tools HT45 is also equipped with a filament detector and automatically pauses prints in case of filament jams or if it runs out of material.

More information: Dynamical Tools HT45

IEMAI Magic-HT-PRO PEEK 3D printer and PEI 3D printer

IEMAI Magic-HT-PRO

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 450°C
    • Print bed: 170°C
    • Chamber: 120°C
  • Build volume: 310 x 310 x 480 mm
  • 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. It also comes with an insulated filament drawer to store material in a moisture-proof environment.

IEMAI manufactures their own filaments, but the Magic-HT-PRO is compatible with third-party materials as well.

More information: IEMAI Magic-HT-PRO PEEK 3D printer

INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410 high temperature PEEK 3D printer

INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 500°C
    • Print bed: 160°C
    • Chamber: 90°C
  • Build volume: 305 x 305 x 406 mm
  • Price: $27K – $35K
INTAMSYS is a Chinese manufacturer specialized in manufacturing high-temperature 3D printers. The FUNMAT PRO 410 is the latest iteration of the popular FUNMAT HT. This PEEK 3D printer boasts an automatic cleaning system for its dual nozzles, as well as automatic bed leveling.

It is also equipped with a heated filament storage compartment and a filament sensor system to detect filament jams or outages.

More information: INTAMSYS FUNMAT PRO 410 PEEK 3D printer

miniFactory Ultra PEEK and ULTEM 3D printer

miniFactory Ultra

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 470°C
    • Print bed: 250°C
    • Chamber: 250°C
  • Build volume: 330 x 180 x 180 mm
  • Price: €49,000
This Finnish PEEK and ULTEM® 3D printer offers a large build volume of 330 x 180 x 180 mm and a dual extruder to 3D print with two materials at a time. A very interesting feature with this PEI 3D printer is its integrated post-processing system (annealing) that optimizes the physical properties of 3D printed parts.

The Ultra is also equipped with a vacuum build plate, automatic calibration system, and active carbon filtering. Its heated chamber can be used as a filament heater to eliminate moisture before launching a print.

More information: miniFactory Ultra PEEK 3D printer

Roboze One+400 Xtreme best PEEK and PEI 3D printer

Roboze One+400 Xtreme

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 500°C
    • Print bed: 180°C
    • Chamber: N/A
  • Build volume: 300 x 200 x 200 mm
  • 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 compressed air cooling system.

Roboze offers various proprietary high-performance materials, including a Carbon PEEK composite material. This particular material combination improves PEEK’s load capacity.

More information: Roboze One+400 Xtreme Carbon PEEK 3D printer

Qualup Qu3 HT PEEK 3D printer France SpiderBot

Qualup Qu3 HT (SpiderBot)

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 500°C
    • Print bed: 275°C
    • Chamber: 275°C
  • Build volume: 300 x 250 x 300 mm
  • Price: €34K – 40K
Qualup is the company behind the SpiderBot line of 3D printers. The Qu3 HT was made specifically to print PEEK, PEKK, and ULTEM materials. It is possible to post-process the parts directly in the 3D printer by using the heat treatment function. This helps enhance layer adhesion.

Various optional features are available, including a thermal imaging camera and an air extraction system. You can also choose between different print bed materials, such as PEI, PEEK, Ceramic, Copper, and Aluminum.

More information: Qualup Qu3 HT

Tractus T850P desktop PEEK 3D printer for professionals

Tractus3D T850P

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 450°C
    • Print bed: 175°C
    • Chamber: 65°C
  • Build volume: 300 ø x 380 mm
  • Price: €11,900
This Dutch 3D printer features a solid, delta-style frame made of aluminum and polycarbonate. A filament sensor detects and warns users when the spool runs out of filament. The T850P also boasts a color touchscreen for an intuitive user experience.

Additionally, it offers a fast 3D printing speed of 300 mm/s, although you may want to print slower with complex materials like PEEK.

More information: Tractus3D T850P PEEK 3D printer

PEEK 3D printers that are coming soon

These 3D printers are not on the market yet but show promising capabilities.

These high-performance material 3D printers have been announced but are not yet available for purchase.

3DXTech Gearbox HT2

3DXTech manufactures PEEK filament spools in Michigan. They have specially developed the Gearbox HT2 to print their proprietary PEEK filaments, which also include carbon fiber enforced materials (e.g. CF-PEEK).

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.

Industrial PEEK 3D printers

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

EOS P 800

This huge industrial 3D printer costs over $500,000. The EOS P 800 uses a high-temperature powder 3D printing technology to sinter proprietary EOS PEEK HP3 material.

Essentium HSE 180-S

According to US-based manufacturer Essentium, the HSE 180-S is able to heat its extruder up to 500°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.

GEWO3D HTP 260

The GEWO3D HTP 260 is an industrial PEEK 3D printer with dual extrusion. This German printer’s build chamber heats up to 260°C while its double nozzle heats up to 450°C.

HAGE 140L

This massive 3D printer from Austria, the HAGE 140L, offers a huge build size of 700 x 500 x 400 mm.

Impossible Objects CBAM-2

Impossible Objects has been raising millions of dollars to develop its incredible 3D printers. The CBAM-2 is a continuous fiber 3D printer that can combine sheets of carbon fiber with PEEK (or other plastics) powder during the printing process.

Stratasys Fortus 450mc

Stratasys is one of the leading manufacturers when it comes to professional 3D printers, including full-color 3D printers, resin 3D printers, and FDM printers. According to Stratasys, the Fortus 450mc ULTEM® 3D printer can be left working unattended for up to two weeks.

High-temperature alternatives

Some of these printers require a specific customization or set of add-ons to print PEEK, while some are optimized for PEKK rather than PEEK.

PEKK (Poly Ether Ketone Ketone): a good alternative to PEEK

PEKK and PEEK are both part of the same polymer family called PAEK (Poly Aryl Ether Ketone). They boast similar properties in terms of strength, chemical resistance, and more. However, PEKK can be easier to process in 3D printing.

It is possible for filament manufacturers to tweak its melting point, and therefore generally requires lower temperatures. PEKK can also have a slightly higher glass transition temperature (Tg) than PEEK.

Find out more about PEKK in this guest post: PEEK vs PEKK.

These 3D printers aren’t all advertised as “PEEK-ready”, but they do boast high-temperature features that could make them potentially compatible with PEEK, ULTEM, and/or PEKK materials.

3ntr A4 V4

3ntr is an Italian manufacturer. They have been releasing upgraded versions of their classic A4 3D printer over the years, and it is currently in its fourth iteration. Its triple extruder can reach 450°C, its build plate can reach 160°C, and its chamber can be heated up to 90°C.
The German RepRap X500‘s nozzle heats up to 400°C, while its print bed and chamber can reach up to 120°C and 80°C respectively. Its price is around $42,000.

Kühling&Kühling VP75

This German 3D printer features a high-temperature nozzle (500°C), PEI print bed (150°C), and build chamber (80°C). The VP75 is available for around €39,000.

Lynxter S600D

The Lynxter S600D is an impressive delta 3D printer from France. When equipped with the HT extruder, its nozzle is able to reach up to 450°C. Its chamber can go up to 80°C, and its print bed heats up to 180°C. Lynxter states that the printer is able to 3D print PEKK. It is available starting from $24,900.

Machina Corp X30HT

While this 3D printer is technically able to 3D print PEEK, Machina Corp recommends using PEKK material. The X30HT features a dual extruder, an onboard camera, and automatic calibration. You can reach out to us for a quote or advice.

Hyrel 3D Hydra 16A

Hyrel 3D manufactures a range of customizable 3D printers for consumers and professionals in the US. When equipped with Hyrel 3D’s MK1-450 extruder head, their Hydra 16A 3D printer is capable of 3D printing high-performance materials, though it may be complicated to print PEEK with it. Don’t hesitate to reach out to see if this printer fits your needs!

Additional printers

Here is a quick list of other PEEK printers:

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.

  • 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). However, we haven’t been able to get in touch with this manufacturer.

  • 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.

On a tighter budget and PEEK isn’t a requirement for you? Check out our lists of low-cost resin 3D printers and low-cost FFF 3D printers.

PEEK 3D printing service

For those who aren’t ready to invest in an actual 3D printer, there are online 3D printing services.

PEEK 3D printing filament properties: pros and cons

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

Pros of PEEK filament

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.

PEEK drawbacks

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).

If you need to 3D print with photorealistic colors, take a look at these impressive full-color 3D printers.

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

Being lightweight yet strong and resistant, PEEK and ULTEM® 3D printed end parts are increasingly popular in aerospace, automotive and military fields.

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.

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

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 CreatBot F430 is available for just under $4K.

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.

Here are a few PEEK filament manufacturers:

  • 3DXTech
  • 3D4Makers
  • Solvay (KetaSpire PEEK)

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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