The difference between a desktop 3D printer and industrial printers

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In a world where everything is possible, what would our life look like if we could turn a thought into reality and create at the touch of a button any object or product we want? The 3D printing technology that was born in 1984 brought the possibility of our imagination to reality by printing and manufacturing 3D models and has become an essential product for many industries in the economy over the years.

Although the technology has existed for close to four decades, it has only in recent years become accessible and cheap enough to use in small companies, and even for personal use, which naturally increased its interest. Today the use of 3D printers is expanding and new products and applications are appearing daily.

Nowadays, just about any product can be manufactured at the click of a button: Clothing, furniture, shoes, plastic toys, medical implants and even homes are just an example of products that can be manufactured using 3D printing technology referred to by the New York Times as “greater than the internet and as important as inventing steam engine”.

Today we are already talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution with the advent of three-dimensional industrial printers, capable of printing a huge amount of models, in a short time, just as high in complex geometries and costs competing in alternative processes.

Here are some parameters to consider when deciding whether to purchase a desktop or industrial 3D printer according to your business needs:

Printing accuracy – Industrial 3D printers are of higher resolution and therefore the end product is “more realistic”.

Size Yes Determines – Print size is an important parameter to differentiate between desktop 3D printers that can print small size models to industrial 3D printers that can print large and common objects in the automotive industry, for example.

Price gap – The cost of a desktop 3D printer amounts to thousands of dollars while the price of industrial 3D printers can reach tens of thousands of dollars

Application – Industrial 3D printers are widely used in areas such as: aerospace, aerospace, automotive, jewelry, medicine and more. While a desktop 3D printer is suitable for home use, small businesses and educational institutions to study 3D software and produce simple models.

The most popular materials for printing on a 3D printer are ABS and PLA thermo-plastic materials that come in the form of coils of plastic wires in a variety of colors to choose from. ABS is plastic for everything whereas PLA is an organic polymer made from corn, environmentally friendly, odorless, strong and durable and considered to be the most recommended print material for non-industrial use. When it comes to an industrial printer, the range of materials is wide and tailored to the needs of the product that should often guarantee: high temperature resistance, strength and elasticity such as:

NYLON (Nylon) A versatile material with high mechanical strength, high elasticity and durability. The nylon is recommended for use under pressure mechanical construction

POLYCARBONATE (Polycarbonate) A particularly strong raw material that guarantees high resistance to injury and blows, with a high temperature resistance relative to the other media. Used to manufacture auto spare parts, spare parts and products for the aviation industry, medical space and more.

PET is durable and strong, odorless and contains no Bisphinol Islands. Commonly used in the beverage industry and the production of plastic bottles.

In summary: In the modern market where development and market times are short The use of professional 3D printers as opposed to desktop D3 printers makes it possible to speed up development processes and streamline production processes by printing dedicated tools, templates, fixtures and even final products. All these cannot be done by Basic 3D printers that are unable to meet the concept stage when specific and durable raw material requirements are met.

The 3D Printer Market offers a wide range of solutions – from industrial printers to home printers. According to the forecast in the future, 3D printers are also expected to be used for mass production that will print food, structures and even tissues and biological organs.

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