Big 3D Printers
So a lot of people look for a 3D printer with a big build area, so I’ve collected some of the biggest and greatest in a list of pros and cons. Feel free to suggest your recommendations in the comments and I’ll add them.
gMax 3D Printer
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
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
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+
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)