3-D Printer: Top 5 3D Printing Technology for Office & Home

3-D Printer: Top 5 3D Printing Technology

3-D Printer

3-D Printer

3D printing is an additive technology in which objects are built up in layers and usually over several hours. 3-D printers capable of outputting physical objects have been in development for over two decades and are starting to present a whole host of new digital manufacturing capabilities. 3D printing may therefore soon do for manufacturing what computers and the Internet have already done for the creation, processing and storage of information.

The first commercial 3-D printer was based on a technique called stereolithography. Another common commercial 3D printing technology is fused deposition modelling (FDM). Here a hot thermoplastic is extruded from a temperature-controlled print head to produce fairly robust objects to a high degree of accuracy. A third well established technology is selective laser sintering (SLS). This builds objects by laying down a fine layer of powder and then using a laser to selectively fuse some of its granules together. A closely related 3D printing technique to SLS is known as selective laser melting. Finally in common application there is multi-jet modelling (MJM). This again builds up objects from successive layers of powder, with an inkjet print head used to spray on a binder solution that selectively glues only the required granules together.

Top 5 3-D Printer List:

  1. Desktop Factory 125ci 3-D Printer

    Desktop Factory 3-D Printer

    Desktop Factory 3-D Printer

    Until now, 3D printers have been large, expensive machines confined to the shops and design departments of major corporations and elite design firms. With the introduction of the Desktop Factory 3-D printer , priced disruptively lower than the nearest competitive offering, Desktop Factory becomes the leader in high performance low-cost 3D printing technologies. The Desktop Factory 3D printer builds durable, functional models from the bottom up, one layer at a time. The Desktop Factory 3D printer has a build speed comparable to existing 3D printing technologies, and produces robust parts that are strong enough to be thrown across a conference room table!

    Desktop Factory proprietary software imports STL files and other industry standard 3D printer formats, automatically slices and orients the part for optimal build performance and creates any required support structures.

    The Desktop Factory 3D printer measures about 25 x 20 x 20 inches and weighs less than 90 lbs. The maximum build volume of the initial product will be 5 x 5 x 5 inches. The thickness of each layer is 0.010 inch.

  2. ZPrinter®650 3-D Printer

    ZPrinter® 650 3-D Printer

    ZPrinter® 650 3-D Printer

    The Fastest, Most Affordable, Color 3D Printing.

    ZPrinters set the standard for speed, color, affordability and ease of use.  Our 3-D printers suit a wide variety of customer needs,  from high school education through the most demanding commercial environments. In addition, Z Corporation provides 3D printing materials to suit many applications. Features-

    • Color:  390,000 colors (5 print heads, including black)
    • Resolution:  600 x 540 dpi
    • Minimum Feature Size: 0.004 inches (0.1 mm)
    • Automation:  Full (automated setup and self monitoring / automated powder loading / automated powder recycling and removal / snap-in binder cartridges / intuitive control panel)
    • Vertical Build Speed:  1.1 inch/hour (28 mm/hour)
    • Build Size:  10 x 15 x 8 inches (254 x 381 x 203 mm)
    • Material Options:  High Performance Composite
    • Layer Thickness:  0.0035 – 0.004 inches (0.089 – 0.102 mm)
    • Number of Jets:  1520
  3. ProJet™ 1500 Personal Color 3-D Printer

    ProJet™ 1500 Personal Color 3-D Printer

    ProJet™ 1500 Personal Color 3-D Printer

    The new ProJetTM 1500 Personal Color 3-D Printer combines high resolution, color and fast speed at an affordable price.

    • High Resolution
    • Vibrant Colors
    • Durable Parts

    The ProJet 1500 has a sleek industrial design to complement your office or work space. It’s easy to use and network ready, featuring an intuitive web browser interface that provides shared access for your entire group. The ProJetTM 1500 prints durable plastic parts tough enough for functional testing and snap-fit applications in up to 6 different colors with excellent high resolution detail and smooth surface finish. Bring your designs to life at print speeds up to 5 times faster than any other 3-D printer in its class. Printer performance –

    • Max Build Size (XYZ) 6.75 x 9 x 8 in (171 x 228 x 203 mm)
    • Native Resolution (xy) 1024 x 768 DPI
    • Layer Thickness Standard Mode 0.004 in (102 μm)
    • High speed Mode 0.006 in (152 μm)
    • Vertical Build Speed Standard Mode 0.5 in/hour
    • High speed Mode 0.8 in/hour (VisiJet® FTI-Zoom material only)
    • Min Feature Size 0.010 in (0.254 mm)
    • Min Vertical Wall Thickness 0.025 in (0.64 mm)
  4. Fortus 250mc 3D Production System

    Fortus 250mc

    The Fortus 250mc is our most affordable 3D production system, and it delivers flexibility and reliability. It’s the only Fortus 3D Production System that uses ABSplus, which is up to 40 percent stronger than our standard ABS material.

    System Highlights

    • Three layer resolutions
    • Nine material colors plus custom color options
    • Most affordable Fortus system

    System Features

    Model Material:

    Support Material:
    Soluble support for ABSplus

    Material Bays:

    • 2 auto-load cartridge bays of 56.3 cu. in. each
    • 1 build material bay
    • 1 support material bay

    Build Size:
    254 x 254 x 305 mm (10 x 10 x 12 in.)

    Layer Thickness:
    Multiple build speed options for fine feature detail and smoother surface finish.

    • 0.330 mm (0.013 in.)
    • 0.254 mm (0.010 in.)
    • 0.178 mm (0.007 in.)

    Part Accuracy:
    Parts are produced within an accuracy of ± .0095 inch (± .241 mm)

  5. Dimension SST 1200es 3D Printer 

    Dimension 1200es Series 3D PrintersPrint large, functional 3D models right in your office, starting at $24,900*

    The large build capacity of the Dimension 1200es 3D Printers gives you the room to print large functional, durable models (in build sizes up to 10″ x 10″ x 12″) for evaluation and testing under real-world conditions.

    The printers are simple to operate too: just click “print” to prep the CAD file and print the model, then remove the support material to reveal your design in three dimensions.

    Tough ABSplus™ Thermoplastic

    Dimension 1200es 3D Printers use ABSplus™ modeling material, a production-grade thermoplastic that is durable enough to perform virtually the same as production parts. Models are printed from the bottom up with precisely deposited layers of modeling and support material. There’s no waiting for models to “cure” — they’re ready for support removal right from the printer.


All of the above producers of 3D printers have built their growing businesses from scratch in the new 3D printing marketplace. However, traditional 2D printer manufacturers are now also starting to dip their toes into 3D waters. For example, Hewlet Packard (HP) now sells its FDM-based HP Designjet 3-D printer series having done a deal with Stratasys.

HP Designjet Color 3D Printer

HP Designjet Color 3-D Printer

HP Designjet Color 3-D Printer

The HP Designjet Color 3D printer sets the standard for office-ready, anyone-can-use 3D printing. Our 3D printing solutions offer the ideal combination of affordability, model quality, and officeability. Take advantage of larger builds and 8 colours.

  • Enjoy easy access – this desktop 3D printer is designed for office use, and has a built-in network card for easy sharing.
  • Designed with the environment in mind, the HP Designjet 3D printer uses recyclable ABS plastic[1] and the HP Designjet 3D Removal System means special disposal methods or equipment are not usually required[2].
  • Printing and post-processing of your models is automatic and clean.
  • Spend more time working on your designs with a 3D printer that is intuitive and very easy to operate.


Prices for most commercial/industrial 3D printers tend to start in the ten-to-twenty thousand pound bracket and spiral upwards. Although some desktop models are on the market, most commercial 3D printers are usually fairly bulky and often floor-standing. It is, however, already possible for lone designers and private individauls to obtain high quality 3D printouts from commercial 3D printing hardware.

For home enthusiasts and lone inventors who want to start 3D printing themselves, a growing range of personal 3D printing initiatives, kits and printers are also now available. For those seriously into real DIY, there are two open source 3D printing initiatives. Called RepRap — which stands for the Replicating Rapid-prototyper — and Fab@Home. These initiatives are both based around online communities that use the web to share all designs and other information required to build a printer.

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