What are the best large scale 3D printers?
Large scale 3D printers have been in the spotlight for quite some time. When we say large scale, we mean it– these machines can 3D print objects of over 1 square meter. They can be used to 3D print pieces of furniture, large prototypes, or several series of smaller objects in one go.
The professional 3D printers featured in our article are basically super-sized versions of ordinary desktop 3D printers. They almost all use extrusion 3D printing technology (FFF) and work the same way as regular desktop printers.
Our “largest 3D printers” selection does not include house 3D printers, which fit into a different category.
Large scale 3D printers (XXL): 2020 selection
|3D printer||Build volume (mm)||Build volume (L)*||Country||Price**||Buy|
|Modix MAMA||2000 x 5000 x 1000 mm||10000 L||Israel||$50,000||Quote|
|BLB Industries THE BOX Large||2000 x 2000 x 1500||6000 L||Sweden||$50,000||Quote|
|Tractus3D T3500||⌀ 1000 x 2100 mm||1649 L||Netherlands||$55,000||Quote|
|3D Platform 400 Series WorkBench Xtreme||1000 x 1500 x 700 mm||1050 L||United States||$50,000||Quote|
|Modix BIG-Meter||1010 x 1010 x 1010 mm||1030 L||Israel||$10,500||Quote|
|BigRep ONE V3||1005 x 1005 x 1005 mm||1000 L||Germany||$60,000||Quote|
|CreatBot F1000||1000 x 1000 x 1000 mm||1000 L||China||$30,000||Quote|
*Build volume (L): numbers have been rounded up or down.
**Price: these base prices are indicative and may vary over time and/or from one country to another (taxes, shipping, etc.).
Overview of the best large scale professional 3D printers
- Build size: 2000 x 5000 x 1000 mm
- Country: Israel
This huge FFF 3D printer isn’t available yet.
More information: Modix MAMA
BLB Industries THE BOX Large
- Build size: 2000 x 2000 x 1500 mm
- Country: Sweden
THE BOX Large is equipped with a large touchscreen, dual extruder, and a patented vacuum build plate.
More information: BLB Industries THE BOX Large
- Build size: ⌀ 1000 x 2000 mm
- Country: Netherlands
The large-scale Tractus3D T3500 can 3D print exotic materials with its hot-end extruder capable of reaching up to 300°C. This 3D printer features a heated bed and can be equipped with an optional dual extruder.
More information: Tractus3D T3500
3D Platform 400 Series WORKBENCH XTREME
- Build size: 1000 x 1500 x 700 mm
- Country: United States
It’s possible to choose from two different control systems; with Wi-Fi or with Ethernet connectivity. The automatic leveling probe touches over 400 points on the print bed to ensure optimal calibration.
More information: 3D Platform 400 Series WORKBENCH XTREME
- Build size: 1010 x 1010 x 1010 mm
- Country: Israel
This large scale 3D printer comes with a dual extruder (E3D Aero and E3D Volcano print heads), full automatic bed leveling (bed tile and bed mapping), a Wi-Fi controller, and a range of industrial-grade components. The print bed heats up to 120°C.
More information: Modix BIG-Meter
BigRep ONE V3
- Build size: 1005 x 1005 x 1005 mm
- Country: Germany
The printer’s large touchscreen grants access to the webcam and allows users to resume prints even after a power outage. The filament holder is able to hold multiple spools of up to 8kg.
More information: BigRep ONE V3
- Build size: 1000 x 1000 x 1000 mm
- Country: China
Its dual nozzles are able to heat up to 420°C, while the print bed heats up to 100°C. Compatible materials range from standard PLA and ABS to PETG and carbon fiber-filled and flexible materials.
More information: CreatBot F1000
Special mention: CNC Barcenas Super Discovery
- Build size: 1300 x 2500 x 1000 mm
- Country: Spain
Compatible materials range from PLA and ABS to Polycarbonate and ASA, among others. Its extruder heats up to 450°C while the print bed heats to 175°C within the printer’s closed frame.
More information: CNC Barcenas Super Discovery
Special mention: MASSIVit 3D Massivit 1800
- Build size: 1200 x 1500 x 1800 mm
- Country: Israel
Hence, this printer is limited to using Dimengel only. Parts printed with MASSIVit Dimengel are translucent and generally hollow. The MASSIVit 1800 is aimed at marketing and events professionals for signage, props, and more.
More information: MASSIVit 3D Massivit 1800
Applications for large scale 3D printing
3D printing furniture
The largest 3D printers can be used to 3D print furniture in one go. This includes tables, chairs, and even bathtubs. 3D printing furniture can also generate unique, complex pieces that would be difficult to create otherwise.
Hence, customized furniture is becoming more and more accessible thanks to extra large 3D printers.
The BigRep One in action.
3D printing large prototypes
The professional large scale 3D printers featured in our article can also be used to 3D print large prototypes. This enables businesses to test out their products before actually launching production. Industrial designers and engineers are able to perform more revisions in significantly less time.
They can test their future products extensively while at the same time reducing the production-to-market time.
3D printing production series
Large scale 3D printers don’t have to exclusively 3D print large objects and prototypes. Their huge build platform also enables 3D printing big series of smaller objects.
Customized large scale 3D printers
US-based Erectorbot also provides on-demand builds, although they do have a lineup of standard models. Then there’s Colossus, a company in Belgium that constructs 3D printers within shipping container-like structures. CNC Barcenas, a Spanish manufacturer, also offers tailored, large-scale 3D printers with a range of options to choose from.