Whether for safety, cleanliness, or printing performance, having an enclosure is often helpful. Check out our list of the best 3D printers with enclosures.
Most 3D printers, including many of our top-rated 3D printers, don’t come with enclosures. So why would you want a printer with one?
For one, having an enclosure improves safety. FDM 3D printers have many parts that are hot, moving, or both, and having an enclosure helps keep fingers away. This is especially important when children may be present, such as in school or home environments.
Enclosures can also significantly improve printing performance by keeping dust and wind out and heat in. This reduces the odds of print failure and boosts interlayer adhesion of your prints, improving print quality and strength. This is especially noticeable when printing high-temperature materials that benefit from being printed in a higher ambient temperature.
Of course, there are plenty of DIY and 3rd-party enclosures available for 3D printers that don’t already have one. But what if you’re looking for something that has an enclosure straight out of the box or directly from the manufacturer?
Here are our top picks of the best 3D printers with enclosures!
The Monoprice MP Voxel is an entry-level 3D printer with many beginner-friendly features. Coming from Monoprice, who have already produced many top-rated printers, the MP Voxel is clearly built by people familiar with the common struggles of FDM printing.
Rolling in at just over $300, the MP Voxel features a full enclosure – a rarity at this price point – as well as a heated, removable, and flexible print bed. You also get assisted bed leveling, a built-in camera, a filament sensor, a 2.8″ Color IPS touchscreen, easily swappable nozzles, and WiFi connectivity. The entire machine is designed around convenience and ease-of-use, perfect for anyone getting started with 3D printing.
Theis another entry-level, fully-enclosed printer under $500. Part of the da Vinci lineup by XYZPrinting, famed for its affordability, the Jr. WiFi Pro is a compact machine designed to improve your printing experience.
Featuring automatic calibration, WiFi connectivity, and automatic material detection, this printer is quite a convenience. For more advanced users, the print head can also be swapped out for a hardened-steel nozzle or laser engraver. And, of course, it is fully enclosed!
For a little more, you can get yourself a UP Mini 2 ES from Tiertime, coming in at around $700. Awarded the title of “Best 3D printer for Beginners” in our summer 3D printer rankings, it’s one of the best machines available in the $500–$1000 bracket.
For the price, you’re getting everything that you would expect from a beginner-friendly printer, and more: A 4.3″ color touchscreen, ethernet and WiFi connectivity, automatic leveling, blackout recovery, and swappable print beds. For the enclosure, you’re not just getting a full cover, you’re also getting a built-in HEPA and activated carbon filter for fume-free printing.
If you’re willing to put in a little more money, beginners and advanced users alike will likely benefit from the feature-rich UP Mini 2 ES.
Compared to many newer printers, you’re not getting many comfort features: It’s just a full metal frame, a 6.3-mm aluminum build plate, an acrylic enclosure, and a dual-extruder print head. For beginners, the lack of extras and automation gives the Creator Pro a more significant learning curve, but seasoned users will likely find it a reliable, well-built machine. You’re paying for its solid construction and dual-extrusion capability, not its ease-of-use.
The original Zortrax M200 3D printer is famed in the 3D printing universe for its ease-of-use and reliability, claiming numerous awards and finding its way to NASA, Ferrari, Bosch, and other big companies. The updated Zortrax M200 Plus takes all of the best parts of the M200 and expands upon its functionality.
From the original M200, the Plus has kept the all-metal build, perforated build plate, and enclosure with a front door. Zortrax has also added an improved extruder system, advanced WiFi connectivity and management, built-in camera monitoring, power loss recovery, print runout detection, and a color touchscreen interface. If you need even more enclosure coverage, you can purchase a separate HEPA cover to go on top of the printer and filter toxins out of the air.
Theis another reliable 3D printer from Zortrax and our runner-up for the $1000 to $2000 price bracket.
The Inventure is a fully-enclosed system with a built-in HEPA filter, designed specifically for printing high-temperature, ABS-like filaments with dissolvable PVA support material. This dual-extrusion function allows for advanced geometries and movable mechanisms to be printed in one go, opening up design freedom and reducing post-processing time. For even greater printing reliability, the enclosed print chamber is heated, preventing plastic warpage.
Looking outside of the print chamber, the Inventure has built-in material detection and material runout detection for greater printing reliability. This sounds like a feature list similar to the M200, and in fact, the only difference is that the Inventure is optimized specifically for printing in ABS-like materials with soluble supports; thus, the M200 will likely better suit the vast majority of users.
Rated as our runner-up to the best dual extruder 3D printer, the BCN3D Sigma R19 is the improved 2019 reboot of the wildly popular BCN3D Sigma 3D printer. The highlight of the show is the independent dual extrusion system (IDEX) that offers precise and reliable dual extrusion printing, as well as duplicated or mirrored printing modes. To take performance to the next level, BCN3D has also updated the extruder and hot end to feature parts from Bondtech and E3D, both acclaimed 3D printing OEMs.
For reliability to match the hardware, the Sigma R19 comes equipped with filament runout sensors and robust troubleshooting wizards accessible via the color touchscreen. The machine also keeps track of uptime, reminding you of when to run maintenance and calibration for smooth printing.
The enclosure available for the Sigma R19 is clean and has a built-in HEPA filter, but, being sold separately, it’ll cost you more to enclose this premium machine.
If you’re looking for an enclosed 3D printer, you’re probably looking to high-temperature plastics like ABS. The Tiertime UP300 is the summer 2019’s editor’s pick precisely because it reliably prints out ABS parts like no other machine can.
These flawless ABS prints are made possible by a sturdy, fully-enclosed print chamber, material-specific print heads, a perforated print bed, and dual HEPA and activated carbon air filtration. Print preparation and cleanup is also designed to be as simple as possible with Tiertime’s UPStudio software. For reliable and easy ABS printing, the Tiertime UP300 is one of the best machines out there.
For $4,000, you’re entering the range of some of the best prosumer 3D printers. Meet the Raise Pro2, one of the highest-rated 3D printers thanks to its incredible marriage of quality hardware and software.
On the hardware side, you’re looking at a solid metal construction and complete, HEPA-filter enclosure for remarkable rigidity and printing performance. The motion components are some of the best featured on any prosumer printer, with ball screws and massive rails for the Z-axis. For printing, you have receding dual nozzles, improved extruder geometries, power loss recovery, built-in camera monitoring, and filament runout sensors for greater reliability. The print bed is “aerospace-grade” and swappable for seamless printing.
On the software side, you’ll find advanced print monitoring and control via the 7″ touchscreen, along with total wireless control, all running on a new, onboard 32-bit controller.
Without a doubt, the Raise Pro2 is one of the best fully-enclosed 3D printers money can buy right now. Just make sure not to clog the extruders, because they can be very difficult to dismantle and troubleshoot.
The Sigmax has all of the same features as the Sigma: the IDEX system, premium Bondtech and E3D components, filament runout sensors, troubleshooting tools, and a touchscreen. Plus, it packs double the printing volume. Again, the HEPA filter enclosure is sold separately, but if you already had your eyes on the Sigma and need something bigger, the Sigmax R19 is perfect for you.
If you’re looking for the best of the best 3D printers with dual extrusion capabilities, the Ultimaker S5 is one of the top choices you have. Trusted by Decathlon, Volkswagen, Siemens, Zeiss, L’Oreal, Ford, and more, the S5 is built to run continuously and reliably in professional environments.
On the hardware side, you have active bed leveling, glass enclosure doors, filament flow sensors, swappable print cores, material detection, lifting dual nozzles, and an award-winning touchscreen interface.
Combined with Ultimaker’s powerful Cura and Connect platforms, you get wireless print farm management and monitoring, simple and intuitive file processing, CAD software integration, and access to a wide range of settings for engineering composites in Ultimaker’s material library.
If your time is money, the Ultimaker S5 is sure to be a worthy investment.
Closing off our list, we have a machine that prints big with big results: the Raise Pro2 Plus.
The Pro2 Plus features the same exceptional build quality, 32-bit electronics, integrated software, and premium printing performance of the Raise Pro2, but with over twice the build height. This means that you’re getting all the award-winning features with even greater geometric freedom.
With all the advanced hardware and software we’ve come to expect from Raise at double the printing capacity, it’s no wonder that the Raise Pro2 Plus is our best large format 3D printer and runner-up to the best enclosed 3D printer.
There you have it: our picks of the best 3D printers with enclosures in 2019, whether you’re a beginner at home or a professional in the workspace, whether you’re looking to save a buck or achieve the best possible results.
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