Big 3D Printers
So a lot of people look for a 3D printer with a big build area, so I’ve collected some Big 3D printers and a list of pros and cons. Feel free to suggest your recommendations in the comments and I’ll add them.
gMax 3D Printer – Big 3D printers
So lets start with the gMax, there are two versions: gMax 1.5 and gMax 1.5XT. Now thew gMax printers are big, really big : The XT version has a build area of 406.4 x 406.4 x 533.4 (16” x 16” x 21′). A YouTube channel called 3DPrintingNerd has made lots of videos on this printer.
-It’s very big
-Optional dual extruder
-All the printers can be customised and are built per order
-No heated bed
-The user must be experienced, the bed levelling can be difficult
Price (Starting price) : $ 2,995.00
Robo 3D R1 Plus – Big 3D printers
This is the Robo 3D R1 Plus, it is a pre-built printer with off line printing , direct drive extruder, heated bed, offline SD card printing and auto levelling bed. The printer receives mostly positive feedback however it does have some bad reviews on Amazon. Overall I would say this printer is really good for the price. The build volume is 254 * 228.6 * 203.2 (10″ x 9″ x 8″), so the Robo has fairly big bed compared to most printers .
–Auto Levelling: A great feature for a big print bed!
-Offline SD card printing
-Direct Drive Extruder
–Step up can be annoying if you are not experienced
-The 6 months warranty doesn’t cover many
-The bed is big , but not massive.
Price : $799.99
Hatchbox 3D PTR-ALPHA Delta Printer – Big 3D printers
The first delta printer on this list. This has a print area of 300mm (11.811″) in diameter with 330mm (12.9921″) in height. Now that is a very big bed, which is also heated and has automatic levelling. It prints off an SD card. One advantage with this printer is that it will be faster than a cartesian printer as it is a delta printer, which will help print those big parts quicker The quality from this printer is also very good.
-Big Print area
-Offline SD card printing
-Delta printers can be harder to calibrate and maintain
Price : $997.61 (+$102.35 shipping)
Ultimaker 2 Extended+ – Big 3D printers
The Ultimaker is another pre-made high end printer that will print pretty much out of the box. It has a heated bed, offline print and sturdy construction. It would be really good if the enclosure could be closed for ABS prints but sadly it is left open. However I don’t think it would be too hard to add a door on. It has a build volume of 22.3 X 22.3 X 30.5 cm which is good, the height gives it a good size.
-Good print volume
-All ready to go out of the box
-Not fully enclosed
Price : $2,999 (+ $65 Shipping)