3D Printers VS 3D Production Systems

10 DISTINGUISHING FACTORS TO HELP YOU SELECT A SYSTEM

Choosing between 3D printers and 3D productions systems is not like picking a two wheel scooter or an 18 wheel big rig. It is more like picking from a selection of compact cars, luxury sedans, SUVs and pickup trucks. The application will drive the decision. And continuing with this analogy, ultimately companies may find the need to have one for commuting and another for towing the pleasure boat, which is to say that they may find themselves running both 3D printers and 3D production systems.

When planning to purchase an additive manufacturing system, buyers will find capabilities and a price range wider than products from most any industry. Systems can range from several hundred dollars for a hobbyist unit to nearly $1 million for some highperformance systems. It’s no wonder there is confusion with respect to the product segments.

This paper addresses the capabilities, roles and positioning of systems geared for professional use. Beginning with the most basic information — the definition of 3D printers — this white paper positions the two product classes.
 
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