3D Printers vs Production Systems Top 10 List

Article by Rod Mackay updated November 3, 2015


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 several hundred dollars for a hobbyist unit to 100s of thousands for some high performance systems. It’s no wonder there is confusion with respect to the product segments.

3D Printers versus Production Systems

3D Printer vs. Production System

The following paper addresses the capabilities, roles and positioning of systems geared for professional use. Beginning with the most basic information — the definition of 3D printers — the paper will help position the two product classes.

3D Printers versus Production Systems Top 10 List

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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Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.