3D Printer vs Production System, which should you choose?

If you’re in the market for a 3D printer, you may be wondering what the real differences are between a “3D printer” and a “3D production system.” The price difference is obvious but you may still wonder which level of 3D printer is necessary for your needs.

When planning to purchase a 3D Printer / Additive Manufacturing machine, you will find capabilities and a price range wider than products from most any industry. Machines can range from a few thousand dollars for a desktop machine to tens of thousands for some high performance systems. It’s no wonder there is confusion with respect to the product segments.

There are 10 general factors that distinguish 3D printers from 3D production systems. Some companies find a lower-priced 3D printer serves their needs while others realize they need the higher performance of a more expensive system. A third, and growing, subset decides the best investment is running both 3D printers and 3D production systems side-by-side, the versatility allowing them to meet all their 3D printing needs.

3D Printer vs Production System Top 10

The top ten differentiating factors outlined in this paper will help you to determine which solution is right for your organization’s needs, budgets, and operating style:

  1. Price
  2. Capacity / Build Envelope
  3. Materials
  4. Speed
  5. Ease-of-Use
  6. User Options
  7. Accuracy
  8. Facilities
  9. Centralized Operations
  10. Overhead

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