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10 Best Industrial 3D Printers in Spring 2017

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What’s the best industrial 3D printer in spring 2017? Here are the 10 best industrial 3D printers on the market today, according to quarterly print quality rankings on 3D Hubs.

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If you hadn’t heard of them already, 3D Hubs is an international 3D printing network with a registered user base spanning 6,900 3D printing services in 150 countries. The way it works is that you upload a 3D design, choose a material, and then choose a local 3D printing service.

End users are frequently invited to review the quality of the prints they have received. Collating this data every three months, 3D Hubs compiles a list of the best industrial 3D printers available today.

These are the 10 best industrial 3D printers according to the latest trend report from 3D Hubs. The list only includes machines that have received more than 50 ratings, so newer machines take a while to appear.

Please note is that the term “best” does not refer to industrial 3D printers with the highest print resolution and whizz-bang features. It’s about the highest quality output, according to customer assessment. This is a subtle but important distinction.

Best Industrial 3D Printers in Spring 2017

Industrial 3D Printer Tech Build Volume (cm) Print Quality Number of Ratings
Vanguard SLS 37 x 32 x 44.5 cm
4.97 86
Projet 3500 HDMax Jetting 29.8 x 18.5 x 20.3 4.95 185
Objet260 Connex3 PolyJet 25.5 x 25.2 x 20 4.9 51
Objet Eden260VS PolyJet 25.5 x 25.2 x 20 4.86 180
EOSINT P 760 SLS 70 x 38 x 58 4.85 186
Objet Alaris30 PolyJet 30 x 20 x 15 cm 4.85 54
Dimension 1200es FDM 25.4 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm 4.85 52
Objet30 Prime PolyJet 29.4 x 19.2 x 14.86 4.84 74
ProJet 660 Jetting 25.4 x 38.1 x 20.3 4.84 171
Zcorp Jetting 25.4 x 38.1 x 20.3 4.83 93

#1 Best Industrial 3D Printer 2017: Vanguard

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The best industrial 3D printer in the world today, according to 3D Hubs, is a selective laser sintering (SLS) machine that was first launched in 2001 (by a company later acquired by 3DSystems). It’s no longer commercially available, and has long since been surpassed by other industrial 3D printers in technology and features. So how to explain this curious anomaly? It would seem that a substantial number of professional 3D printing services on 3D Hubs still have a Vanguard in their inventory, and they’re still very much in operation.

Best Industrial 3D Printer Features: Vanguard

  • Printer Type: Selective Laser Sintering
  • Material: Powder, Thermoplastic, Thermoplastic Elastomer, Metal, Composite
  • Build Volume: 37 x 32 x 44.5 cm
  • Min Layer Height: 100 microns
  • On-Printer Controls: Yes

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#2 Best Industrial 3D Printer 2017: ProJet 3500 HDMax

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The ProJet 3500 HDMax uses MultiJet Printing technology to deliver robust, durable, high quality plastic parts. This model includes a high-speed printing mode, a larger print envelope (compared to other models in the range), and larger total part size.

Touchscreen controls and remote tablet and smart phone connectivity make operation easy and intuitive. These 3D printers use 3D Systems’ specially engineered VisiJet M3 Materials, offering UV-curable plastic, in a range of colors, translucencies and tensile strengths. White melt-away wax is used for support material, making post-processing of parts easy and virtually labor free.

Best Industrial 3D Printer Features: ProJet 3500 HDMax

  • Printer Type: Jetting
  • Material: VisiJet
  • Build Volume: 29.8 x 18.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Min Layer Height: 16 microns
  • Max Layer Height: 32 microns
  • Printing Speed: 2 modes
  • Resolution: 600 dpi
  • On-Printer Controls: Yes
  • Connectivity: Ethernet

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#3 Best Industrial 3D Printer 2017: Objet260 Connex3

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The Objet260 Connex3 is an industrial 3D printer capable of color and multi-material 3D printing. Within a single print job, users can incorporate a wide range of material properties to vary translucency, rigidity, thermal resistance or color.

Best Industrial 3D Printer Features: Objet260 Connex3

  • Printer Type: PolyJet
  • Build Volume: 25.5 x 25.2 x 20 cm
  • Min Layer Height: 16 microns
  • Print Speed: 12mm/h
  • Print Heads: 8
  • Resolution: 600 dpi
  • Power Requirements: 110–240 VAC 50/60 Hz
  • Connectivity: LAN – TCP/IP

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#4 Best Industrial 3D Printer 2017: Objet Eden260VS

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The Objet Eden260VS is an economical industrial 3D printer with a small footprint, and a handy way to compress the product design-to-manufacturing cycle. Based on Objet’s PolyJet technology, the Objet Eden260VS provides a complete solution for the accurate object fabrication that’s easy, quick and clean. Models produced on the Eden260VS are smooth and durable, with fine details and an outstanding surface finish. It’s particularly well suited for dentistry.

Best Industrial 3D Printer Features: Objet Eden260VS Key Features

  • Printer Type: PolyJet
  • Material: Resin
  • Build Volume: 25.5 x 25.2 x 20 cm
  • Min Layer Height: 16 microns
  • Max Layer Height: 200 microns
  • Print Speed: 2 modes
  • Print Heads: 1
  • Resolution: 600 dpi
  • Power Requirements: 110–240 VAC 50/60 Hz; 1.5 KW single phase
  • On-Printer Controls: No
  • Connectivity: Ethernet

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#5 Best Industrial 3D Printer 2017: EOSINT P 760

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The EOSINT P 760 is a polymer laser sintering machine with a maximum production volume that’s significantly bigger than other additive manufacturing systems. This 3D printer is also capable of printing at a much faster rate thanks to its parallel laser system. This enables the printer to print a 2 x 6 m/s. Altogether, the EOSINT P 760 is a highly productive and consistent machine.

Best Industrial 3D Printer Features: EOSINT P 760

  • Printer Type: SLS
  • Build Volume: 70 x 38 x 58 cm
  • Min Layer Height: 60 microns
  • Power requirements: 32 A
  • Connectivity: Ethernet

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#6 Best Industrial 3D Printer 2017: Objet Alaris30

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Another “best industrial 3D printer” on this list that’s no longer commercially available. The Objet Alaris30 has actually been superseded by the Objet30 Prime. If there’s one thing that the 3D Hubs trend report is making abundantly clear, it’s that there’s a vast fleet of industrial 3D printers out there that refuse to die. They’re being lovingly serviced and maintained by their owners, and they’re eager to stay in service.

Best Industrial 3D Printer Features: Objet Alaris30

  • Printer Type: PolyJet
  • Materials: VeroWhite FullCure Acrylics
  • Build Volume: 30 x 20 x 15 cm
  • Min Layer Height: 100 microns

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#7 Best Industrial 3D Printer 2017: Dimension 1200es

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The Dimension 1200es from Stratasys is the only industrial 3D printer on this list that is based on fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology. As well as printing in ABS thermoplastic, it also employs soluble support materials. With a build area of 254 x 254 x 305mm, it’s capable of printing in nine colors.

Best Industrial 3D Printer Features: Dimension 1200es

  • Printer Type: FDM
  • Material: ABS
  • Build Volume: 25.4 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Min Layer Height: 100 microns
  • Heated Platform: Yes
  • On-Printer Controls: Yes

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#8 Best Industrial 3D Printer 2017: Objet30 Prime

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The Objet30 Prime is the next generation model of the Object Alaris30. It’s a versatile industrial 3D Printer that fits right on your desktop. It works with 12 materials and provides specialized properties like flexibility and biocompatibility.

Best Industrial 3D Printer Features: Objet30 Prime

  • Printer Type: PolyJet
  • Build Volume: 29.4 x 19.2 x 14.86 cm
  • Min Layer Height: 28 microns
  • Connectivity: Ethernet TCP/IP 10/100 base T

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#9 Best Industrial 3D Printer 2017: ProJet 660

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The ProJet 660 is 3D System’s high-end industrial 3D printer for professional use. Capable of full color, it’s ideal for stop motion animation, professional model shops, architects, consumer product design and development, digital manufacturing, fine art production, and more besides. It prints to a resolution of 600 x 540 dpi and has a build size of 25.4 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm.

Best Industrial 3D Printer Features: ProJet 660

  • Printer Type: Jetting
  • Material: VisiJet PLX
  • Build Volume: 25.4 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Min Layer Height: 100 microns
  • Printing Speed: 28mm/h
  • Print Heads: 5
  • Resolution: 600 x 540 dpi
  • Power Requirements: 100-240V, 15-7.5A
  • On-Printer Controls: Yes
  • Connectivity: Ethernet

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#10 Best Industrial 3D Printer 2017: Zcorp

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Zcorp were acquired by 3Dsystems in 2012, and are no longer manufacturing or marketing printers. However, their machines are still in circulation, and still producing excellent results. Zcorp 3D printers are ink-jet style 3D printers that are capable of printing in full color. This professional grade 3D printer line is capable of printing with 600 – 540 dpi resolution and has a build size of 25.4 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm.

Best Industrial 3D Printer Features: Zcorp

  • Printer Type: Jetting
  • Material: VisiJet PLX
  • Build Volume: 25.4 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Min Layer Height: 100 microns
  • Resolution: 600 x 540 dpi
  • On-Printer Controls: Yes
  • Connectivity: Ethernet

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