What’s an all-in-one 3D printer?

Like a modern Swiss Army knife, all-in-one 3D printers (a.k.a. AIO 3D printers, multifunctional 3D printers, or multitool 3D printers) boast features such as laser engraving and cutting, vinyl cutting, drawing, and more.

AIO 3D printers can be multi-purpose fabrication tools for makers, professionals, businesses, and hobbyists alike. However, there aren’t that many desktop options available today. We decided to take a closer look at the multitool 3D printer market and list the best all-in-one 3D printers currently available.

We only included multifunctional 3D printers that cost less than $9,000, excluding industrial all-in-one 3D printers that require advanced knowledge (and budget).

Top all-in-one 3D printers in 2021

ProductBrandCountryPrice
Approximate starting prices based on supplier-provided information and public data. Prices may vary over time and do not include additional products or services (taxes, shipping, accessories, training, installation, …).
VXZMorph Poland$ 2,799Buy on Amazon France
System 30MHyrel 3D United States$ 5,000Ask for a quote
Snapmaker 2.0 A150Snapmaker China$ 1,199Buy on Snapmaker
Snapmaker OriginalSnapmaker China$ 799Buy on Snapmaker
Stepcraft-2/840 (Kit)Stepcraft Germany$ 1,699Contact the manufacturer
Optimus C1Febtop Tech Sweden$ 2,499Ask for a quote
5AXISMAKER CNC machine5AXISWORKS United Kingdom$ 6,453Ask for a quote
H-SeriesDiabase United States$ 8,500Ask for a quote

All-in-one 3D printer functionalities

A range of functionalities can be included in all-in-one 3D printers: CNC milling, laser cutting and engraving, paste extrusion, and more.

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 in contrast to 3D printing which is an additive method.

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 (food 3D printing!) through a special tube and nozzle. Paste extruders are also known as syringe extruders.

Laser cutting and laser engraving

Laser cutting is quite simple; a computer-controlled machine directs the laser beam onto the material and moves according to the desired shape. Engraving works the same way, but with less laser power. Compatible materials – for non-industrial desktop machines – include different kinds of plastics as well as soft metals and wood. Check out our guide to laser engravers and cutters for further information.

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 tool head 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

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VX

By ZMorph
CountryPoland
Build size250 × 235 × 165 mm
Price$ 2,799

The ZMorph VX 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 VX enables users to rapidly switch between functionalities: CNC milling, laser engraving/cutting, 3D scanning, and paste extrusion.

The VX comes with Voxelizer software (Voxelizer 2). This software allows users to slice models for 3D printing but also to access the printer’s CNC mill and laser engraving/cutting capacities.

ZMorph’s multitool 3D printer VX is ideal for professionals and enthusiasts in the woodworking business since its CNC mill is capable of cutting several materials such as plywood, beech, oak, maple, walnut, pine, chestnut, machining wax, PCB, plexiglass and PVC foam.

Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser cutting/engraving, paste extrusion

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CountryUnited States
Build size225 × 200 × 200 mm
Price$ 5,000

The System 30M by American manufacturer Hyrel 3D is an ultra modular 3D printer. It’s compatible with Hyrel’s wide range of nozzles and extruders, thus making it eligible to print high-temperature materials, standard or engineering plastics, clays, hydrogels, and more.

This printer features a sturdy, all-metal chassis with an enclosed build to protect jobs from room drafts or temperature changes. It comes with a table PC and boasts an onboard camera and lighting for remote monitoring.

Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser cutting/engraving, paste extrusion

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CountryChina
Build size160 × 160 × 90 mm
Price$ 1,199

The Snapmaker 2.0 is Snapmaker’s second-generation multifunctional 3D printer. This time, it comes in three different versions – A150, A250, and A350 – each offering varying build volumes.

Through an intuitive and easy user interface, the included software handles all of the machine’s multiple facets: 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser engraving/cutting. Users can control the Snapmaker 2.0 via its removable touchscreen (it looks like a smartphone).

An optional enclosure is available.

Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser cutting/engraving

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CountryChina
Build size125 × 125 × 125 mm
Price$ 799

The Snapmaker 3D printer is an affordable all-in-one 3D printer that started as a Kickstarter project and managed to gather the considerable amount of $2,227,182 from 5,050 backers.

The Snapmaker Original features a heated bed capable of reaching up to 80°C, and a CNC milling work area of 90 x 90 x 50 mm.

Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser cutting/engraving

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CountryGermany
Build size600 × 840 × 140 mm
Price$ 1,699

The Stepcraft-2/840 is a professional AIO 3D printer made by the German manufacturer Stepcraft. In addition to its many functionalities, the Stepcraft-2/D.840 can be equipped with a hot wire cutter, a drag knife and a mini engraving point for faster but less detailed engraving than with the laser.

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

Main functionalities: 3D scanning, CNC milling, laser engraving

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CountrySweden
Build size280 × 280 × 280 mm
Price$ 2,499

The Optimus C1 is a three-in-one delta 3D printer made by the Swedish manufacturer Febtop Tech. The original Optimus 3-in-1 3D printer was an Indiegogo project that managed to gather over $360,000, well over its $50,000 goal.

This version, the C1, offers a large 3D printing build volume of 300 x 300 x 300 mm. Its closed frame boasts an air filter and a color touchscreen for an enhanced user experience.

Main functionalities: CNC milling, laser cutting/engraving

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CountryUnited Kingdom
Build size400 × 400 × 400 mm
Price$ 6,453

The 5AXISMAKER is a professional 3D printer CNC mill combo 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.

Main functionalities: CNC milling

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By Diabase
CountryUnited States
Build size400 × 180 × 180 mm
Price$ 8,500

This multifunctional 3D printer offers a wide build volume of 400 x 180 x 180 mm. It can be equipped with up to 5 print heads at a time or 4 spindles, or any combination of the two. The built-in cleaning station helps keep each nozzle clean between switches.

Diabase refers to their H-Series machine as a “Hybrid manufacturing” system for professionals. You first 3D print your part and then use the spindle head to add CNC-level precision (sharper edges, finer details, …).

Main functionalities: CNC milling

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Special mention: ASMBL Tool Changer

By E3D

E3D is a leading extruder and nozzle manufacturer from the United States. They recently launched their ASMBL (Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing by Layer) system, enabling users to use both 3D printing and CNC milling in the same run.

Similarly to Diabase, the goal is to achieve better part tolerance, higher accuracy and obtain sharper edges by combining both technologies (hybrid manufacturing).

Discontinued multitool 3D printers

Various all-in-one 3D printer manufacturers have closed down or stopped manufacturing their products. Other were Kickstarter projects that didn’t make it on the market. We listed them here (below) for those that may be wondering why a certain printer or brand isn’t on our main list.

AIO Robotics Zeus 3D printer and scanner combo

Zeus, a 3D printer and 3D scanner combo made by the US manufacturer AIO Robotics, was one of the most popular AIO 3D printers on the market. However, AIO Robotics no longer manufactures any 3D printers.

ATOM Atom 2.5 EX 3D Printer Kit

The Atom 2.5 EX was a professional delta 3D printer with a laser engraver. ATOM had announced an Atom 3 in 2018, but it isn’t possible to purchase 3D printers on their website anymore.

FABtotum Core PRO

The FABtotum Core PRO was capable of CNC milling, laser cutting cardboard and paper, and laser engraving. This 3D printer is no longer available, as the brand is in liquidation.

FLUX Delta

FLUX was an interesting multifunctional option from Taiwan, but they stopped manufacturing printers and now sell sunglasses!

MAG iCreatum

This multifunctional 3D printer was supposed to feature 3D printing, ink plotting, and other functionalities for only $300. Kickstarter suspended its campaign in 2017 as the project violated its rules.

MakerArm, the ultimate 4-in-1 3D printer for fablabs?

The MakerArm started as a Kickstarter project and managed to gather over $430,000 from 340 backers in November 2015. After unexpected rises in component costs, the MakerArm team decided to refund their backers.

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3-in-1

Although it’s still displayed on XYZprinting’s website, this 2-in-1 3D printer and scanner has been out of stock for quite some time.