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The best cheap PEEK 3D printers in 2019


What is PEEK material?

PEEK (Polyether ether ketone) is a highly resistant engineering material that is increasingly used in additive manufacturing for professional and industrial applications.

Polyether ether ketone has a high melting temperature of 343°C. Therefore, in order to 3D print this high-performance thermoplastic, users require a specific 3D printer with high-temperature capacities, including:

  • An enclosed build chamber, ideally with heating
  • High-temperature extruder(s) that can reach temperatures of above 350°C
  • A high-temperature heated print bed (around 120°C minimum)

PEEK-ready 3D printers are generally high-end, industrial-grade 3D printers. However, some affordable desktop PEEK 3D printers exist.

Overview of the best cheap PEEK 3D printers

Below, we list a few low-cost PEEK 3D printers.

Note: it’s important to keep in mind that high-performance materials such as PEEK or PEI are very demanding and require excellent hardware, hence those entry-level PEEK 3D printers may not provide the same quality results as more expensive professional ones.

OO-KUMA KATANA, an affordable high-temperature 3D printer from Turkey

The OO-KUMA KATANA is one of the best affordable PEEK 3D printers on the market (cheap high-temperature 3D printer).

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 480°C
    • Print bed: 120°C
    • Build chamber: N/A
  • Price: starting from $3,200

The KATANA is a high-temperature 3D printer made by OO-KUMA, a Turkish 3D printer manufacturer. This desktop PEEK 3D printer is, according to OO-KUMA, made of highly durable materials and requires little maintenance. The KATANA PEEK 3D printer comes with the manufacturer’s proprietary OO-KUMA Workbench software.

More information: OO-KUMA KATANA

Picaso 3D Designer XL, a Russian high-performance 3D printer

The Picaso 3D Designer XL is one of the best low-cost PEEK 3D printers on the market (cheap high-temperature 3D printer).

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 410°C
    • Print bed: 150°C
    • Build chamber: N/A
  • Price: around €3,550

This low-cost PEEK 3D printer from Russia features automatic bed leveling. Its large build volume of 360 x 360 x 610 mm allows users to 3D print various prototypes or parts in one batch.

More information: Picaso 3D Designer XL

CreatBot F430: a dual extruder PEEK 3D printer

The CreatBot F430 is one of the best cheap PEEK 3D printers on the market (low-cost high-temperature 3D printer).

  • Max. temperatures:
    • Extruder: 420°C
    • Print bed: N/A
    • Build chamber: 70°C
  • Price: around $3,800
  • Seller: AliExpress

The CreatBot F430 is a dual extruder PEEK 3D printer. This professional desktop 3D printer is therefore capable of 3D printing complex parts with soluble support material. The F430 also boasts automatic bed leveling, filament detection, and an auto-shutdown system.

As mentioned earlier on, PEEK material requires excellent hardware. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that these 3D printers are truly capable of 3D printing high-performance plastics such as PEEK or PEI.

Please read our full article on PEEK 3D printing and PEI 3D printing (ULTEM®) for more detailed information on high-performance thermoplastics.

Ludivine Cherdo

Ludivine is Aniwaa’s Head of Content. Based in Troyes, France, she oversees the content strategy and ensures the content published meets the company’s strict editorial standards. Ludivine obtained her Bachelor’s from the ESC Troyes business school where she studied business administration with a special focus on Digital Marketing. She made the most of her gift for languages by completing part of her studies abroad, gaining valuable work experience in content production and branding along the way. She first joined Aniwaa in 2017 as an intern.