While there are countless 3D Printers in operation, several models and brands are the most common and well known.
Price: Cost of base model in USD
Technology: FDM, SLS, PBB, or STG
Maximum Object Dimension (MOD): The size of the largest object the printer could print.
General Description (Alphabetical Order):
- Price: $1,299 Technology: FDM MOD: 5.5" by 5.5" by 5.5"
The Cube Printer's main selling point is it's ease of use and style. Compared to other printers like the RepRap, it is very aesthetically pleasing. WiFi connectivity frees you of the need for wires.
- Price: $29,900 Technology: FDM MOD: 8"by8"by12"
The Dimension Elite is one of their top of the line models. Intended for industrial or buisness prototyping, the price is high, but the quality and speed of the print are good.
The MakerBot was fairly early on the scene of open source 3D printing. With it's distinct laser cut wood frame, and open source hardware, it is one of the most popular 3D printers among makers. An optional Dual Extrusion head (for $250) lets you print in two colors.
Objet Connex 500
- Price: Around $250,000 Technology: FDM MOD: 500 by 400 by 200 mm
A very top quality printer, it is very vesatile and can produce many types of materials. While it uses FDM, it can print 14 materials at once, in materials including rubber, engineering plastic, and transparent plastic. And it can print all of that at a resolution of 16 microns. This is the printer that Instructables uses.
- Price: Varies Technology: Mainly SLS, PBB and SLA MOD: Varies
3D Systems is a popular 3D printer manufacturer that specializes in SLS and SLA. ZCorp is owned by 3D systems and developes PBB printers. With uses including mainly centered on businesses, engineers, and industries, depending on these printers might fit your need.
- Price: $399-949 Technology: FDM MOD: 4 by 4 by 4" to 8 by 8 by 8"
Anothe Printr aimed at the maker market, this FDM machine was loosely based on the Rep-Rap, but has now advanced to some more sophisticated and good-looking printers. The price and siz are a large selling point for this printer.
- Price: Varies Technology: FDM MOD: Varies
RepRap isn't a company, but a project with plans and istructions for making your own 3d printers. Quality and price varies by design, and the goalof the project is to make printers that can print more printers.
- Price: $499 Technology: FDM MOD: 6" x 6" x 6"
The Solidoodle is proably one of the best price 3d printer out there. At around 500 dollars depending on the features, the Solidoodle is less than half the price of the Maker bot, but can print at a comparable resolution and speed.
- Price: $1,699 Technology: FDM MOD: 5-1/2"(w) x 5-1/2"(d) x 5-1/4"(h)
The Up pirnter has a similar design goal as the Cube: to make consumer 3D printers easy to operate. It has fairly good resolution for its price, and has an appealing design.