Top 10 Large Format 3D Printers
When it comes to lrage format 3D printing, size does matter. Kit built 3D printers and cheap kickstarter printers are fine for 3D printing small trinkets; But after you learn the basics of 3D printing on these dainty machines, you come to realize that you want a printer that can actually print something bigger than a trinket. You discover as you get 3DHub orders that you want to print large cosplay props and small batches of items. With that in mind here is my list of the top 10 3D printers that have a build plate greater than 200 x 200 mm
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Lulzbot Taz 6: Lulzbot is known for high quality and dependable printers. The Taz 6 is their newest large print volume (280 mm x 280 mm x 250 mm) printer.Taz 6’s also feature bed auto leveling and nozzle cleaning. These two features are an upgrade from the Taz 5’s.
Pros: Contained power unit, Auto leveling and nozzle cleaning. Runs 1.75 and 3 mm filament.
Cons: The nozzle cleaning strip cut some build plate space from the Taz 5.
Raise 3D N2 Plus: Raise N2 features a large 7 inch (17.78 cm) full color touch screen and print resuming controls. Having an enclosed build space is great, and the lockable caster wheels makes moving the large print volume (305×305×610 mm) easy.
Pros: Enclosed build area, wheels to move large base.
Cons: 1.75 mm filament.
gCreate gMax 1.5 XT+: The gMax series has made the new as a reliable large format 3D printer. The new series 1.5+ features a dual zone heated build plate, which saves you power as if you print a smaller item. You can turn off the outer heating zone, leaving you a small 8 8 in print area for small parts.At 16 x 16 x 21 inches (406.4 x 406.4 x 533.4 mm) the open framed printer can produce large rockets and cosplay props.
Pros: Dual Zone heated build plate and auto leveling.
Cons: Build area not enclosed.
Formbot T Rex2 : This all metal 3D printer features independent dual extruders, which give you the flexibility to print single, dual, or separate prints. It features an optional laser engraving upgrades, and 400 x 400 x 470 mm build space.
Pros: Independent dual extruders come standard, you can print 2 independent prints at once or dual color print.
Cons: No enclosed build space.
Wombot Cubus V2: Australian made Cubus V2 features a whopping 500x500x500 build volume. Cubus also features an enclosed build space and dual extrusion.
Cost: AU 6,999.95
Pros: Enclosed build space and dual extrusion.
Cons: Intergrated spool holder at rear of printer, which can be hard to reach if you want to do a quick filament change.
3DP Workbench: This industrial 3D printer is perfect for industrial designers and architects that need full size prototypes that don’t need to be assembled from other printers. The workbench can be clamped to a standard workbench surface. It also breaks the mold at a 1 meter x 1 meter x 0.5 m build volume. While the $27,000 price tag puts it in the industrial price range, it is one that can crank out full size cosplay props in a single sitting.
Pros: Large industrial scale build volume for industrial prints.
Cons: Prints that take days at a time. Industrial prices put it out of the price range of home printers.
CraftBot XL: A Hungarian printing company, the XL features a 300 x 200 x 440 mm build volume. At $1899.00 this may be an economical model for those looking for more build volume.
Pros: Affordable large scale printer with a nozzle kit of different sizes.
Cons: Essentially a souped up ultimaker clone.
SeeMeCNC Rockstock Max V3: Delta type printers are not known for their volume, but the Max V3 is the exception. With a 265mm D x 400mm H Print Area, the Max V3 has the largest build volume of a delta, and is a solid kit built printer.
Pros: Large scale Delta, good for tall prints.
Cons: A delta kit with 10+ hr build time.
HE 3D EI3 Tricolor: This features a fast (150 mm / sec) print speed and triple extruders in their kit build. To help setup there is automatic bed leveling and a rectangular build volume of 200 x 280 x 200 mm.
Pros: Fast print speed and triple extruders.
Cons: Calibrating triple extruders is time consuming. This is a kit build as well.
Folger Tech FT-5 Large Scale Kit: This hawse of a kit features a 300 x 300 x 400 mm build volume. At 45 lbs (21 kg) it is also a heavy printer, which may require a sturdy shelf to support stable printing. For a no thrills large scale printer, this may fit your bill.
Pros: Large volume kit at low cost. No thrills to complicate the build.
Cons: Heavy construction at 21 kg (45 lbs). Max extruder temp of 245 C which limits you to PLA and ABS filaments.
DISCLAIMER: None of the companies listed have provided any compensation to the author for this review.
Would have loved to see all the prices also
Links provided at the start of each page, prices subject to change. At these build volumes assume $1,500 and up.
One you should look at is the RB2. Originally it was a Kickstarter with the RigidBot1. The company went under and was taken over by Laser Weld Design, who has released the RB2. These are being closed out for the upcoming RB3.
I bought the original KS kit and LOVE the machine. It has a 10 x 10 x 10″ BV and is HIGHLY hackable (my hack/mod list is a mile long) with many high grade upgrade parts and STLs available through our google group. And for support, you can’t beat our group. We have over 2500 members of all specialties from engineers to coders.
I think you can still even get an upgrade kit for a 14″ Z expansion and a 12 x 16 frame and bed mod through Laser Weld. And for $769 for the 10 x 10 10″ RB2, it is definitely great value for money.
(I am in no way affiliated with Laser Weld, I just love my machine)
Thank you for the feedback! I may have to do an addendum in the future!
A lot of international backers were left in the cold when Inventapart went under, but the new group who got their patents and spares have done an excellent job of keeping the RB alive and thriving. I think they still do educational discounts as well, so you might want to talk to Heath and see what he can do. I know a lot of schools have Rb’s in classrooms that still get maintained.
Thank you for the information. They are so expensive. I hope in the future the price will come down.
Prices will come down with innovation, and I think the market will go mass scale at the 200-500 price point for a large format scale.
hope to see them drop a little more, would like to afford a bigger one for my first
so, whats the biggest practical size to look for today, best large print for the buck
Personally I dont care to much about prices coming down, but I would like faster more reliable prints. And with more features.
Features are great, but cost you.. Most large format printers dump features to save for size. At some point fdm will hit its outter speed limit based on the material, leaving the sla / clip market open for large formats.
love the idea of a large one, any that could print aftermarket Mustang faschia”s
I would love to get a Taz 6! I’ve read great things about them and I’ve seen some good videos as well!
You forgot this one:
they building any that can do a 6’x4′ print area yet? Car body prints?
There are industrial machines, but they are outside the home hobbies price range.
Thanks, Stan. Those are interesting models. When I start my own 3D printing business, which I plan to do soon, I’ll keep them in my radar.
Those are interesting models. When I start my own 3D printing business, which I plan to do soon, I’ll keep them in my radar.
Would love one of these in my playroom but out of my league at present
Keep an eye out, large kits may be on the horizon.
You may want to check out Relibuild. The RB3 is out now with a version that has a build volume of up to 12 x 16 x 14″. And the price for the size is very reasonable, and when you add it to the things I mentioned in my previous post, you can’t beat it.
Forgot to add the link… My Bad ;-}
On the one printer The Raise3D, a con is listed as 1.75mm Filament, how is this a downside? Quite new to printing and interested in why this would be considered as such?
Wow some great printers on here. A little out of my price range for now. But i would love to try a few of these out. Thanks for the info.