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What is the Difference Between the Industrial 3D Printer and the Consumer 3D Printer?

August 31, 2020

Common 3D printers are generally used in daily life, but there is another kind of 3D printer, which is industrial grade 3D printer. This printer is generally used for mass production of molds, metal parts, industrial design, chemical equipment, etc. Today, I'd like to tell you how much this 3D printer costs and what's the difference between a consumer printer and a 3D printer.

When choosing a 3D printer, it's best to know its relevant knowledge and information, especially the industrial 3D printer. After all, this kind of 3D printer is much more expensive than the common 3D printer, and it's very hard to be trapped. We still need to consider the unreliability of manufacturers, the strength of the company and the reputation of the industry. We suggest that we should find the old enterprises with old qualifications and perfect after-sales service to save time and effort.

There is also the need to establish their own needs. The price range of this kind of machine ranges from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands. The commonly used technologies include FDM, SLM, SLA, DLP, etc. each additive manufacturing technology is similar to the traditional process of turning, milling, planing and grinding. It is only a kind of process, and the solution is relatively limited. At this time, it is necessary to determine what kind of process type you need according to your needs.

Nowadays, the market is generally more than several hundred thousand, and the price is relatively expensive. In view of the high technical accuracy requirements of industrial grade 3D printers, resulting in high technical costs and parts prices, most of a high-precision 3D printers need about one million, which is relatively expensive. If your machine requirements are not so high, you can also consider the creation of 3D industrial grade 3D printer, the quality and after-sales are very guaranteed.

What's the difference between them and consumer 3D printers?

Printing accuracy: since there are only two FDM and SLA technologies in desktop 3D printers, there is little difference between industrial 3D printers and desktop 3D printers from the perspective of data. The small resolution of FDM is determined by the size of printing extrusion, most of which are between 0.3-0.6mm, and the thickness of layers is determined by z-axis. In view of the stepper motor used in the consumer 3D printer, the servo motor was used in the industrial 3D printer. 3D printers print high-resolution products, almost between 0.05mm and 0.2mm. Better precision and more delicate printing.

Printing stability: printing stability is generally the success rate of printing. The success rate of printing is an index that really hones the working ability of the design team, and it is also a key index to distinguish desktop and industrial grade from 3D printers, because industrial 3D printers are used for mass production. The printing process is usually long, usually at least a few hours. If only a small detail is not properly solved, the printing will fail and the whole material will be wasted. Today, even the stable 3D printer, as the industry says, has a printing success rate of only over 70%. This means that, for a variety of reasons, users of this kind of material can not be recycled and can only be discarded. Therefore, every printing failure is a time-consuming and expensive thing. Because, relative to customers, stability is not an objective index, there is no way to refine itself. The printing success rate of industrial computer can reach 100%, which greatly improves the production efficiency and reduces the comprehensive cost of labor and time. It can print finished products in bulk, and it's zero waste, so it's much better than desktop 3D printing.

Main uses: Industrial 3D printers are widely used in aviation, aerospace, automobile manufacturing, mold, jewelry manufacturing and other industries. Most of the customers are gathered in large enterprises, manufacturing subcontractors and modeling manufacturers, while the consumer 3D printer market is more concentrated in education, manufacturing, simple model production and other fields. Customers are mainly primary and secondary schools, makers and creative people.

Having said so much, I believe you have a little understanding of the industrial 3D printer. If you really want to buy it, you'd better find a nearby manufacturer to have a field survey.

Sources from: https://creality3dpro.store/blogs/news