Tradition + Technology

Markerbot FDM 3D Printer

3D printers have been in the industrial space for more than 30 years and the technology is constantly evolving. These workhorses can print super fine details (the thickness of a human hair) for medical and veterinary models; lightweight and flexible products like midsoles of shoes for the footwear industry; strong and sturdy endparts for the aerospace and automotive industries; cool 3D cartoon and 3D character models like Bugs Bunny and SheRa; architectural and industrial models for businesses and 3D art for the creative industry. This list is just the tip of the iceberg. The possibilities of what 3D printing can do are endless.

3D Systems' ProJet CJP x60 3D Printer

Not all 3D printers are the same, however. There are several different 3D printing technologies available and each one uses different materials.

  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printers use nylon and wax-like filament
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) printers use polymer powder (nylon-based material)
  • Color Jet Printing (CJP) printers use gypsum powder
  • Stereolithography (SLA) and digital light processing (DLP) printers use resin (liquid polymer)
  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) printers use metal powder
Carbon3d 3D Printer

WhiteClouds does not sell 3D printers, but we've pulled the basic details from the three largest players in the industrial 3D printer space to help you choose the best technology for your needs. These 3D printers are capable of building everything from intricate pieces of jewelry to jet engine parts; from hearing aids to eyewear; high-quality end-parts to clear dental aligners. Whether you're looking for DMLS, SLS, SLA, MultiJet, PolyJet or FDM printers, it's all here.

Industrial 3D Printers

EOS

EOS has been producing high-quality 3D industrial printers for 30 years. This Munich-based manufacturer has locations in many countries including the U. S. EOS’ printers use DMLS, SLS and Stereolithography technology to produce high-quality end-parts, jewelry and watches.

FORMIGA P 110 Velocis
FORMIGA P 110 Velocis printer by EOS
Print Size:
200 x 250 x 330 mm
7.9 x 9.8 x 13 in
Technology: SLS
EOS P 396
EOS P 396 printer by EOS
Print Size:
340 x 340 x 600 mm
13.4 x 13.4 x 23.6 in
Technology: SLS
EOS P 500
EOS P 500 printer by EOS
Print Size:
500 x 330 x 400 mm
9.7 x 13 x 15.7 in
Technology: SLS
EOS P 770
EOS P 770 printer by EOS
Print Size:
700 x 380 x 580 mm
27.6 x 15 x 22.9 in
Technology: SLS
EOS P 800
EOS P 800 printer by EOS
Print Size:
700 x 380 x 560 mm
27.6 x 15 x 22.05 in
Technology: SLS
EOS P 810
EOS P 810 printer by EOS
Print Size:
700 x 380 x 380 mm
27.6 x 15 x 15 in
Technology: SLS
EOS M 100
EOS M 100 printer by EOS
Print Size:
100 x 95 mm
3.9 x 3.7 in
Technology: DMLS
EOS M 290
EOS M 290 printer by EOS
Print Size:
250 x 250 x 325 mm
9.85 x 9.85 x 12.8 in
Technology: DMLS
EOS M 300-4
EOS M 300-4 printer by EOS
Print Size:
300 x 300 x 400 mm
11.8 x 11.8 x 15.8 in
Technology: DMLS
EOS M 400
EOS M 400 printer by EOS
Print Size:
400 x 400 x 400 mm
15.8 x 15.8 x 15.8 in
Technology: DMLS
EOS M 400
EOS M 400-4 printer by EOS
Print Size:
400 x 400 x 400 mm
15.8 x 15.8 x 15.8 in
Technology: DMLS
PRECIOUS M 080
PRECIOUS M 080 printer by EOS
Print Size:
80 x 95 mm
3.1 X 3.7 in
Technology: DMLS


Stratasys

Stratasys has been a leader in 3D printers technology for over 30 years. They make a variety of high-quality 3D printers that use FDM, PolyJet and Stereolithography technologies. The company, founded by Scott and Lisa Crump, merged with Objet in 2012.

Stratasys Continuous Build
Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator by Stratasys
Print Size:
12 x 12 x 12 cm
4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 in
Technology: FDM
Stratasys F120
F120 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
254 x 254 x 254 mm
10 x 10 x 10 in
Technology: FDM
Stratasys F170
F170 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
254 x 254 x 254 mm
10 x 10 x 10 in
Technology: FDM
Stratasys F270
F270 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
305 x 254 x 305 mm
12 x 10 x 12 in
Technology: FDM
Stratasys F370
F370 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
355 x 254 x 355 mm
14 x 10 x 14 in
Technology: FDM
Stratasys F900
F900 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
914.4 x 609.6 x 914.4 mm
36 x 24 x 36 in
Technology: FDM
Fortus 380 Carbon Fiber Edition
Fortus 380 Carbon Fiber Edition 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
355 x 305 x 305 mm
14 x 12 x 12 in
Technology: FDM
Fortus 380mc
Fortus 380mc 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
355 x 305 x 305 mm
14 x 12 x 12 in
Technology: FDM
Fortus 450mc
Fortus 450mc 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
406 x 355 x 406 mm
16 x 14 x 16 in
Technology: FDM
Connex1 Objet260
Connex1 Objet260 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
255 x 252 x 200 mm
10.0 x 9.9 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Connex1 Objet500
Connex1 Objet500 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
490 x 390 x 200 mm
19.3 x 15.4 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Connex3 Objet260
Connex3 Objet260 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
255 x 252 x 200 mm
10.0 x 9.9 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Connex3 Objet350
Connex3 Objet350 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
342 x 342 x 200 mm
13.4 x 13.4 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Connex 3 Objet500
Connex 3 Objet500 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
490 x 390 x 200 mm
19.3 x 15.4 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Stratasys J700 Dental
J700 Dental 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
490 x 390 mm
19.3 x 15.35 in
Technology: PolyJet
Stratasys J720 Dental
J720 Dental 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
490 x 390 x 200 mm
19.3 x 15.35 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Stratasys Objet1000 Plus
Objet1000 Plus 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
1000 x 800 x 500 mm
39.3 x 31.4 x 19.6 in
Technology: PolyJet
Objet260 Dental
Objet260 Dental 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
255 x 252 x 200 mm
10.0 x 9.9 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Objet260 Dental Selection
Objet260 Dental Selection 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
255 x 252 x 200 mm
10.0 x 9.9 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Objet500 Dental Selection
Objet500 Dental Selection 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
490 x 390 x 200 mm
19.3 x 15.4 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Objet30 Dental Prime
Objet30 Dental Prime 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
300 x 200 x 100 mm
11.81 x 7.87 x 3.94 in
Technology: PolyJet
Objet30 OrthoDesk
Objet30 OrthoDesk 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
300 x 200 x 100 mm
11.81 x 7.87 x 3.94 in
Technology: PolyJet
Objet30 Prime
Objet30 Prime 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
294 x 192 x 148.6 mm
11.57 x 7.55 x 5.85 in
Technology: PolyJet
Objet30 Pro
Objet30 Pro 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
294 x 192 x 148.6 mm
11.57 x 7.55 x 5.85 in
Technology: PolyJet
Stratasys J735
Stratasys J735 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
350 x 350 x 200 mm
13.8 x 13.8 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Stratasys J750
Stratasys J750 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
490 x 390 x 200 mm
19.3 x 15.35 x 7.9 in
Technology: PolyJet
Stratasys V650Flex
Stratasys V650 Flex 3D printer by Stratasys
Print Size:
508 x 508 x 584 mm
20 x 20 x 23 in
Technology: PolyJet


3D Systems

3D Systems is an innovative company and has more than 33 years of expertise in the 3D printers industry. 3D Systems was co-founded by Chuck Hull, the inventor of stereolithography and was the first 3D printers company in the world. 3D Systems offer several models for SLS and DMLS, Multijet, Full color and Dental 3D printers.

DMP Factory 500 Solution
DMP Factory 500 Solution by 3D Systems
Print Size:
500mm x 500mm x 500mm
19.68 x 19.68 x 19.68 in
Technology: DMLS
DMP Flex 350
DMP Flex 350 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
275 x 275 x 380 mm
10.82 x 10.82 x 14.96 in
Technology: DMLS
DMP Factory 350
DMP Factory 350 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
275 x 275 x 380 mm
10.82 x 10.82 x 14.96 in
Technology: DMLS
ProX DMP 300
ProX DMP 300 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
250 x 250 x 330 mm
9.84 x 9.84 x 12.99 in
Technology: DMLS
ProX DMP 200
ProX DMP 200 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
250 x 250 x 330 mm
9.84 x 9.84 x 12.99 in
Technology: DMLS
DMP Flex 100
DMP Flex 100 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
100 x 100 x 80 mm
3.94 x 3.94 x 3.15 in
Technology: DMLS
ProX DMP 200 Dental
ProX DMP 200 Dental by 3D Systems
Print Size:
140 x 140 x 125 mm
5.51 x 5.51 x 4.92 in
Technology: DMLS
DMP 100 Dental
DMP 100 Dental by 3D Systems
Print Size:
100 x 100 x 80 mm
3.94 x 3.94 x 3.15 in
Technology: DMLS
Figure 4 Production
Figure 4 Production by 3D Systems
Print Size:
124.8 x 70.2 x 346 mm
4.9 x 2.8 x 13.6 in
Technology: SLA
Figure 4 Modular
Figure 4 Modular by 3D Systems
Print Size:
124.8 x 70.2 x 346 mm
4.9 x 2.8 x 13.6 in
Technology: SLA
Figure 4 Standalone
Figure 4 Standalone by 3D Systems
Print Size:
124.8 x 70.2 x 196 mm
4.9 x 2.8 x 7.7 in
Technology: SLA
FabPro 1000
FabPro 1000 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
125 x 70 x 120 mm
4.92 x 2.76 x 4.72 in
Technology: SLA
ProJet MJP 5600
ProJet MJP 5600 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
518 x 381 x 300 mm
20.4 x 15 x 11.8 in
Technology: MJP
ProJet MJP 2500/2500 Plus
ProJet MJP 2500/2500 Plus by 3D Systems
Print Size:
295 x 211 x 142 mm
11.6 x 8.3 x 5.6 in
Technology: MJP
ProJet MJP 2500 IC
ProJet MJP 2500 IC by 3D Systems
Print Size
294 x 211 x 144 mm
11.6 x 8.3 x 5.6 in
Technology: MJP
ProJet MJP 2500 W
ProJet MJP 2500 W by 3D Systems
Print Size:
294 x 211 x 144 mm
11.6 x 8.3 x 5.6 in
Technology: MJP
ProJet MJP 3600 Series
ProJet MJP 3600 Series by 3D Systems
Print Size:
298 x 185 x 203 mm
11.75 x 7.3 x 8 in
Technology: MJP
ProX SLS 6100
ProX SLS 6100 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
381 x 330 x 460 mm
15 x 13 x 18 in
Technology: SLS
sPro 60 HD-HS
sPro 60 HD-HS by 3D Systems
Print Size:
381 x 330 x 460 mm
15 x 13 x 18 in
Technology: SLS
sPro 140
sPro 140 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
550 x 550 x 460 mm
22 x 22 x 18 in
Technology: SLS
sPro 230
sPro 230 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
550 x 550 x 750 mm
22 x 22 x 30 in
Technology: SLS
ProJet 6000 HD
ProJet 6000 HD by 3D Systems
Print Size:
250 x 250 x 250 mm
10 x 10 x 10 in
Technology: SLA
ProJet 7000 HD
ProJet 7000 HD by 3D Systems
Print Size:
380 x 380 x 250 mm
15 x 15 x 10 in
Technology: SLA
ProX 800
ProX 800 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
650 x 750 x 550 mm
25.6 x 29.5 x 21.65 in
Technology: SLA
ProX 950
ProX 950 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
1500 x 750 x 550 mm
59 x 30 x 22 in
Technology: SLA
ProJet CJP 260Plus
ProJet CJP 260Plus by 3D Systems
Print Size:
236 x 185 x 127 mm
9.3 x 7.3 x 5 in
Technology: CJP
ProJet CJP 360
ProJet CJP 360 by 3D Systems
Print Size:
203 x 254 x 203 mm
8 x 10 x 8 in
Technology: CJP
ProJet CJP 460Plus
ProJet CJP 460Plus by 3D Systems
Print Size
203 x 254 x 203 mm
8 x 10 x 8 in
Technology: CJP
ProJet CJP 660Pro
ProJet CJP 660Pro by 3D Systems
Print Size:
254 x 381 x 203 mm
10 x 15 x 8 in
Technology: CJP
ProJet CJP 860Pro
ProJet CJP 860Pro by 3D Systems
Print Size:
508 x 381 x 229 mm
20 x 15 x 9 in
Technology: CJP


Creality CR Fused Deposition Modeling - FDM Printer

Consumer 3D Printers:

There are a variety of 3D printers that have smaller-scale applications for consumers. Fused deposition modeling (FDM), stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS) and digital light processing (DLP) technologies are the most common technologies used. Prices for these 3D printers range from $160 to $3,500.

  • Creality CR – FDM
  • MakerBot Replicator – FDM
  • Ultimaker 3 – FDM
  • Formlabs Form 2 – SLA

Common Questions

Which 3D Printer Is Right For You?

Challenges you may want to consider when purchasing a 3D printer:

  • Purpose: What are you going to use it for? Rapid prototyping, medical modeling or manufacturing. Based on that question, you’ll have a better idea of the technologies that will 3D print your product or part.
  • Technology: Does your part or model require fine detail? The complexity of your product or part will determine which technology you’ll need to make it happen.
  • Materials: Do you need strength, durability, flexibility? Metal, filament, plastic and resin are used for different products.
  • Budget: How much do you want to spend? 3D printers like the Stratasys line range from $6,000 - $750,000.

Other things to consider when purchasing a 3D printer:

  • Specialized equipment you may need to use or set up for production and cleanup processes.
  • Learn what skills may be needed to operate and maintain each technology.
  • What other supplies, tools and manpower are needed.
Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer Anycubic Photon 3D Printer

Challenges you may want to consider when purchasing a 3D printer:

There are a lot of different software options for 3D printing so it's worth your time to investigate them all to be sure you've got the best one for your manufacturing needs.

Capital expenditures and on-going expenses might include software costs, cost of materials for your chosen technology; purchase of new 3D printers; depreciation (most printers are used for about five years); consumables needed for post processing, packaging and shipping; printing time; electricity usage; repairs and upgrades; manpower needed to complete projects; and cost of failed prints.

Printer maintenance includes having the technicians lined up or employees trained to do this. Be sure to schedule specific uptime and preventive maintenance regularly. Doing so will help you avoid major down time when machines breakdown.

There is always something new on the market so doing thorough research is an important part of the business process. Ask yourself if the machine will grow with your needs.

There are a broad range of technologies to choose from. You'll want to investigate each of them so you choose the right one for your product. They include: FDM, CJP, DMLS, SLS, SLA, CLIP, Jet Fusion, DLP, MJP, and PolyJet printing.

Maintaining material freshness is important in the 3D printing process. Be sure to plan for sufficient inventory needed to get started and to continue manufacturing products. You'll need to have the physical space to store all materials required. There may be reorder challenges so you may want to have multiple sources for purchasing supplies or plenty of materials/consumables in your inventory, so you don't run out during a print job.

Stratasys Connex1 Objet260 Flash Forge 3D Printer


Printer Environment is a key component in additive manufacturing. Be sure to have the proper humidity, clean air, venting, temperature, electrical set up for the technology you choose. For example, SLS machines print highly detailed parts and can be very cost effective but because of the fine powder used you’ll have dust everywhere and you’ll need to have a protective breathing mask. It’s best used in an industrial setting because of the volume it’s capable of printing.

Be sure to consider the many post processing finishes that may be needed to complete the products you manufacture. They include UV protection and waterproofing, bead blasting, washing, waxing, melting, cyanoacrylate strengthening, toxic waste, sanding and grinding.

You need to determine whether your going to ship only locally or worldwide as it affects packaging and shipping options available to you. Some shipping boxes need to be custom built so you'll need extra manpower and supplies to accommodate the different sizes of the completed projects.

Do you have a question we didn‘t answer? Don't hesitate to contact us at 1-385-206-8700 or sales@whiteclouds.com.

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