As 3D printers have been very popular in the recent years, there has been a higher demand for it in the market as well. However, as a result of this, may companies also sell printers at a cheaper price but may not have the best quality or is incapable of producing the expected results.
If you are someone who plans to invest in a commercial 3D printer, you need to be very careful in choosing to make sure that you get the right one for your needs and you will not end up wasting your money and time. Below are some important factors that you can look into as you begin your search for the best printer.
It is important to know the best resolution that will fit your needs. You should also make sure that the commercial 3D printer you are planning to acquire can deliver the needed resolution. But part quality is more than resolution. Other factors that you need to consider includes the types of geometries that you have to produce, smooth surfaces, photorealistic colors, images, and text. A hobby-class 3D printer would not be able to achieve these.
Users of commercial three dimensional printers usually operate the machine around the clock 24/7. They basically rely on the machine to do their jobs, keep the assembly line running, help their colleagues do their job, and bring innovative products to the market. It would just be unacceptable if the printer is experiencing so much downtime because of its cheap components.
You need to make sure that the printer’s build bed has enough space to be able to accommodate most industrial parts, If the build volume of the printer is smaller, it wouldn’t be able to accommodate the parts that need to be produced.
A hobby-class printer has the tendency to use fused filament fabrication and fused deposition modeling and this is because of expired patents. Given this, true innovation will not be possible with these systems that need to keep the price of goods down just to offer a low-cost machine.
Almost all 3D printers, even those hobby-class desktop printers emit chemicals or materials and toxic particles that are not safe unless they are used, stored, and disposed of properly. If you are planning to use the printer in an office setting, it should not emit toxic particles or even use harmful chemicals and materials throughout the entire process.
As mentioned, there are now so many 3D printers available in the market today and this is because of the numerous benefits it has to offer. But if you want to find the best one for you, be sure to consider the above-mentioned things.