A 3D Printer is a square or rectangular machine which is able to create 3D objects out a variety of materials. An object is first modeled in a 3D program, and then sent to the 3D printer. The printer then splices the 3D object into layers, and is able to print from the bottom of the base to the top of the object over many hours. Depending on the machine, 3D printers typically utilize ABS, PLA, or PVA Filaments to print objects with. 3D Printers can often be found in design offices, schools, and even for the hobbyist in the occasional creative household.

What are the different types of 3D printers available?

Currently, there are 9 basic types of 3D printers available. The different types of 3D printers include Fused Deposit Modeling (FDM), Stereolithography (SLA), Digital Light Processing (DLP), and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). The other types of 3D printers are Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Electron Beam Melting (EMB), Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM), Binder Jetting (BJ), and Material Jetting/Wax Casting.

Who invented the 3D printer?

The 3D printer was invented by Charles Hull in the mid-1980s. Charles Hull, later went on to fund the company 3D Systems, a company that sells 3D printers with a variety of technologies. These 3D printing technologies range from entry-level kits to advanced commercial 3D printing systems.

How can you make money with a 3D printer?

You can make money with a 3D printer by making pre-made 3D prints, offering specialized training on 3D printing, starting a 3D printing business, or even selling an online 3D printing course. You could also start a YouTube channel and create content on 3D printing or offer 3D scanning services.

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15.7” | 39.9 cm
19.1” | 48.5 cm
13.2” | 33.5 cm
15.7” | 39.9 cm
19.8 lb | 9 kg
Dremel 3D20
39.900
48.500
33.500
9.000
1200
3D
Dremel 3D20
16” | 40.6 cm
20.25” | 51.4 cm
15.9” | 40.4 cm
43.6 lb | 19.8 kg
Dremel 3D40
40.600
51.400
40.400
19.800
400
3D
Dremel 3D40
16” | 40.6 cm
20.25” | 51.4 cm
15.5” | 39.4 cm
35 lb | 16 kg
Dremel 3D40 Flex
40.600
51.400
39.400
16.000
5
3D
Dremel 3D40 Flex
16” | 40.6 cm
20.25” | 51.4 cm
15.9” | 40.4 cm
47.5 lb | 21.5 kg
Dremel 3D45
40.600
51.400
40.400
21.500
1750
3D
Dremel 3D45
18” | 45 cm
12” | 30 cm
11” | 28 cm
18 lb | 8 kg
Formlabs Form 1+
45.000
30.000
28.000
8.000
200
3D
Formlabs Form 1+
20.5” | 52 cm
13.6” | 34.5 cm
13” | 33 cm
28.5 lb | 13 kg
Formlabs Form 2
52.000
34.500
33.000
13.000
5200
3D
Formlabs Form 2
20.9” | 53 cm
15.9” | 40.5 cm
14.8” | 37.5 cm
38.5 lb | 17.5 kg
Formlabs Form 3
53.000
40.500
37.500
17.500
2500
3D
Formlabs Form 3
28.9” | 73.5 cm
30.5” | 77.5 cm
20.5” | 52 cm
120 lb | 54 kg
Formlabs Form 3L
73.500
77.500
52.000
54.000
10
3D
Formlabs Form 3L
25.6” | 64.9 cm
17.2” | 43.7 cm
16.3” | 41.3 cm
65 lb | 29.5 kg
MakerBot Method
64.900
43.700
41.300
29.500
1000
3D
MakerBot Method
33.9” | 86.1 cm
19.4” | 49.3 cm
22.2” | 56.5 cm
90 lb | 41 kg
MakerBot Replicator Z18
86.100
49.300
56.500
41.000
700
3D
MakerBot Replicator Z18
16.2” | 41 cm
20.8” | 52.8 cm
17.4” | 44.1 cm
40.4 lb | 18.3 kg
MakerBot Replicator+
41.000
52.800
44.100
18.300
2500
3D
MakerBot Replicator+
19.2” | 48.8 cm
13.5” | 34.2 cm
14” | 35.7 cm
27.1 lb | 12.3 kg
Ultimaker 2 Extended+
48.800
34.200
35.700
12.300
200
3D
Ultimaker 2 Extended+
15.3” | 38.8 cm
13.5” | 34.2 cm
14” | 35.7 cm
24.9 lb | 11.3 kg
Ultimaker 2+
38.800
34.200
35.700
11.300
2400
3D
Ultimaker 2+
15.3” | 38.9 cm
13.46” | 34.2 cm
14.96” | 38 cm
23.4 lb | 10.6 kg
Ultimaker 3
38.900
34.200
38.000
10.600
9700
3D
Ultimaker 3
19.25” | 48.9 cm
13.46” | 34.2 cm
14.96” | 38 cm
24.9 lb | 11.3 kg
Ultimaker 3 Extended
48.900
34.200
38.000
11.300
700
3D
Ultimaker 3 Extended
16.46” | 41.8 cm
15.5” | 39.4 cm
14.96” | 38 cm
31.7 lb | 14.4 kg
Ultimaker S3
41.800
39.400
38.000
14.400
70
3D
Ultimaker S3
20.5” | 52 cm
19.5” | 49.5 cm
18” | 45.7 cm
39.7 lb | 18 kg
Ultimaker S5
52.000
49.500
45.700
18.000
2900
3D
Ultimaker S5
47.1” | 119.7 cm
19.5” | 49.5 cm
19.5” | 49.5 cm
92.4 lb | 41.9 kg
Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle
119.700
49.500
49.500
41.900
5
3D
Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle
MakerBot Method 3D Printer

The MakerBot Method is a 3D Printer that is capable of printing durable ABS parts with a 100°C heated chamber. The printer is able to withstand 15°C higher than modified desktop 3D printers ABS material formulations, and it prints two times faster than leading desktop 3D printers with exact tolerances.

The MakerBot Method has a physical outer height of 25.6” (64.9 cm), width of 17.2” (43.7 cm), and depth of 16.3” (41.3 cm). The overall build volume is 7.75” (19.6 cm) tall, 7.5” (19 cm) wide, 7.5” (19 cm) deep, and has a layer resolution between 20-400 microns.

Dimensioned drawings of the MakerBot Method with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The MakerBot Method is a 3D Printer that is capable of printing durable ABS parts with a 100°C heated chamber. The printer is able to withstand 15°C higher than modified desktop 3D printers ABS material formulations, and prints two times faster than other desktop 3D printers with exact tolerances.

The MakerBot Method has a physical outer height of 25.6” (64.9 cm), width of 17.2” (43.7 cm), and depth of 16.3” (41.3 cm). The overall build volume is 7.75” (19.6 cm) tall, 7.5” (19 cm) wide, 7.5” (19 cm) deep, and has a layer resolution between 20-400 microns.

Dimensioned drawings of the MakerBot Method with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
MakerBot Method 3D Printer
Height:
25.6” | 64.9 cm
Width:
17.2” | 43.7 cm
Length:
Depth:
16.3” | 41.3 cm
Weight:
65 lb | 29.5 kg
Area:

Build Volume:

Height: 7.75” | 19.6 cm

Width: 7.5” | 19 cm

Depth: 7.5” | 19 cm

Layer Resolution
20-400 microns
Designer
MakerBot

Drawings include:
MakerBot Method front elevation, top, side

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Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer

The Formlabs Form 2 is an affordable and professional 3D printer that set the standard for 3D printing and a precedent for the Form 3 printer; it is a desktop stereolithography (SLA) printer. The Form 2 has a more sustainable and smaller footprint than industrial sterolithography printers through the use of an inverted print process. This allows for improved surface quality, light-touch support structures, and better print success.

The Formlabs Form 2 has a physical outer height of 20.5” (52 cm), width of 13.6” (34.5 cm), and depth of 13” (33 cm). The overall build volume is 6.9” (17.5 cm) tall, 5.7” (14.5 cm) wide, 5.7” (14.5 cm) deep, and has a layer resolution between 25-300 microns.

Dimensioned drawings of the Formlabs Form 2 with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The Formlabs Form 2 is an affordable and professional 3D printer that set the standard for 3D printing and a precedent for the Form 3 printer; it is a desktop stereolithography (SLA) printer. The Form 2 has a more sustainable and smaller footprint than industrial sterolithography printers.

The Formlabs Form 2 has a physical outer height of 20.5” (52 cm), width of 13.6” (34.5 cm), and depth of 13” (33 cm). The overall build volume is 6.9” (17.5 cm) tall, 5.7” (14.5 cm) wide, 5.7” (14.5 cm) deep, and has a layer resolution between 25-300 microns.

Dimensioned drawings of the Formlabs Form 2 with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
Formlabs Form 2 3D Printer
Height:
20.5” | 52 cm
Width:
13.6” | 34.5 cm
Length:
Depth:
13” | 33 cm
Weight:
28.5 lb | 13 kg
Area:

Build Volume:

Height: 6.9” | 17.5 cm

Width: 5.7” | 14.5 cm

Depth: 5.7” | 14.5 cm

Layer Resolution
25-300 microns
Designer
Formlabs

Drawings include:
Formlabs Form 2 front elevation, top, side

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Dremel 3D40 Flex 3D Printer

The Dremel 3D40 Flex is a UL certified 3D printer that can print 30% quicker than the Dremel 3D40. It prints in 50-300 micron resolution with a clean and polished finish. The printer offers the highest quality PLA filament, but it is also compatible with other brands, and with the option of remote printing, pieces can be printed from anywhere in the world.

The Dremel 3D40 Flex 3D Printer has a physical outer height of 16” (40.6 cm), width of 20.25” (51.4 cm), and depth of 15.5” (39.4 cm). The overall build volume is 6” (15.5 cm) tall, 11” (25.5 cm) wide, 6.7" (17 cm) deep, and has a layer resolution between 50-340 microns.

Dimensioned drawings of the Dremel 3D40 Flex 3D Printer with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The Dremel 3D40 Flex is a UL certified 3D printer that can print 30% quicker than the Dremel 3D40. It prints in 50-300 micron resolution with a clean and polished finish. The printer offers the highest quality PLA filament, but it is also compatible with other brands.

The Dremel 3D40 Flex 3D Printer has a physical outer height of 16” (40.6 cm), width of 20.25” (51.4 cm), and depth of 15.5” (39.4 cm). The overall build volume is 6” (15.5 cm) tall, 11” (25.5 cm) wide, 6.7" (17 cm) deep, and has a layer resolution between 50-340 microns.

Dimensioned drawings of the Dremel 3D40 Flex 3D Printer with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
Dremel 3D40 Flex 3D Printer
Height:
16” | 40.6 cm
Width:
20.25” | 51.4 cm
Length:
Depth:
15.5” | 39.4 cm
Weight:
35 lb | 16 kg
Area:

Build Volume:

Height: 6” | 15.5 cm

Width: 11” | 25.5 cm

Depth: 6.7" | 17 cm

Layer Resolution
50-340 microns
Designer
Dremel

Drawings include:
Dremel 3D40 Flex 3D Printer front elevation, top, side

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Formlabs Form 1+ 3D Printer

The Formlabs Form 1+ is a 3D printer that comes fully calibrated and includes resin, software, finishing tools, and a one-year standard warranty. High-resolution resin creates strong and precise prints with a smooth finish, and high-performance resins such as castable resin and flexible resin, allows the user to explore new material properties.

The Formlabs Form 1+ has a physical outer height of 18” (45 cm), width of 12” (30 cm), and depth of 11” (28 cm). The overall build volume is 6.5” (16.5 cm) tall, 4.9” (12.5 cm) wide, 4.9” (12.5 cm) deep, and has a layer resolution between 25-100 microns.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Formlabs Form 1+ measured with height, width, and depth
The Formlabs Form 1+ is a 3D printer that comes fully calibrated and includes resin, software, finishing tools, and a one-year standard warranty. High-resolution resin creates strong and precise prints with a smooth finish, and high-performance resins can explore new material properties.

The Formlabs Form 1+ has a physical outer height of 18” (45 cm), width of 12” (30 cm), and depth of 11” (28 cm). The overall build volume is 6.5” (16.5 cm) tall, 4.9” (12.5 cm) wide, 4.9” (12.5 cm) deep, and has a layer resolution between 25-100 microns.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Formlabs Form 1+ measured with height, width, and depth
Formlabs Form 1+ 3D Printer
Height:
18” | 45 cm
Width:
12” | 30 cm
Length:
Depth:
11” | 28 cm
Weight:
18 lb | 8 kg
Area:

Build Volume:

Height: 6.5” | 16.5 cm

Width: 4.9” | 12.5 cm

Depth: 4.9” | 12.5 cm

Layer Resolution
25-100 microns
Designer
Formlabs

Drawings include:
Formlabs Form 1+ front elevation, top, side

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Formlabs Form 3 3D Printer

The Formlabs Form 3 is an industrial quality 3D printer. A custom-designed light processing unit (LPU) uses a system of lenses and mirrors to deliver accurate and repeatable prints. Other features include a high-power-density laser for clean features, and a parabolic mirror that ensures for the laser to print perpendicularly to the build plane for uniform print quality.

The Formlabs Form 3 has a physical outer height of 20.9” (53 cm), width of 15.9” (40.5 cm), and depth of 14.8” (37.5 cm). The overall build volume is 7.3” (18.5 cm) tall, 5.7” (14.5 cm) wide, 5.7” (14.5 cm) deep, and has a layer resolution between 25-300 microns.

Collection of drawings of the Formlabs Form 3 with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Formlabs Form 3 is an industrial quality 3D printer. A custom-designed light processing unit (LPU) uses a system of lenses and mirrors to deliver accurate and repeatable prints. Other features include a high-power-density laser for clean features, and a parabolic mirror for print quality.

The Formlabs Form 3 has a physical outer height of 20.9” (53 cm), width of 15.9” (40.5 cm), and depth of 14.8” (37.5 cm). The overall build volume is 7.3” (18.5 cm) tall, 5.7” (14.5 cm) wide, 5.7” (14.5 cm) deep, and has a layer resolution between 25-300 microns.

Collection of drawings of the Formlabs Form 3 with height, width, and depth dimensions
Formlabs Form 3 3D Printer
Height:
20.9” | 53 cm
Width:
15.9” | 40.5 cm
Length:
Depth:
14.8” | 37.5 cm
Weight:
38.5 lb | 17.5 kg
Area:

Build Volume:

Height: 7.3” | 18.5 cm

Width: 5.7” | 14.5 cm

Depth: 5.7” | 14.5 cm

Layer Resolution
25-300 microns
Designer
Formlabs

Drawings include:
Formlabs Form 3 front elevation, top, side

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