Bored of your current marriage with your 3D printer? Want more spice in your life? Maybe you’re looking to cheat on your 3D printer with a CNC milling machine?
Well what if I tell you that you could have the best of both worlds. Thanks to all-in-one 3D printers, it has never been easier to stay faithful!
More than just 3D printing, these machines can laser engrave, CNC machine, print food (you heard that right, your future machine-wife cooks as well), and much more!
Table of Contents
- Top All-in-One 3D Printers At A Glance
- 1. Snapmaker 2.0 (Best Choice)
- 2. Snapmaker Artisan (Best Value)
- 3. Zmorph Fab (Premium Choice)
- 4. DOBOT MOOZ (Most User-Friendly)
- 5. LOTMAXXX Shark V3 (Best 2-in-1 3D Printer)
- What’s an All-in-One 3D Printer?
- All-in-One 3D Printing Functionalities
- How Good are these 3D Printers?
Top All-in-One 3D Printers At A Glance
One of the most funded Kickstarter 3D printing projects ($7.85M to be exact), the Snapmaker 2.0 follows boldly in the footsteps of its predecessor. It surpasses the Snapmaker Original; not by a huge margin, but just enough to keep you hooked.
Available in three sizes:
- The A150 (160 x 160 x 145mm) – considered the direct replacement to the itty bitty 125 x 125 x125mm build volume of the Snapmaker Original
- The A250 (230 x 250 x 235mm), and the
- A350 (320 x 350 x 330mm)
The build size is the only difference in all these models.
The 2.0 improves upon the original in a few ways. The automatic bed leveling, a feature lacking in the older version, is one of the welcome additions in the new one. Another cool upgrade is the camera module on the laser tool head. A final noteworthy upgrade is the option of varying CNC milling speeds.
The Snapmaker 2.0 inherits the good looks from the original, it looks gorgeous and oozes with class. The body is made of machined metal – you can see the care taken in crafting the machine. If you love machines, you may lust for this one.
Looking at the 3D printing side of things first, the A350’s build volume of 320 x 350 x 330mm makes it the Godzilla of 3D printers.
Print quality is pretty good; the prints came out nice and smooth. Just don’t expect world-class printing (remember, it’s Jack).
Printing is unfortunately slow, a snail may race past this one. The 3D printer trudges along to get the job done.
The laser engraver does its job well. You can engrave on materials like plastic, leather, wood, non-transparent acrylic and more.
There are four lasering modes: Black & White, Greyscale, Vector, and Text. Another feature is the camera, with which you can take a picture of the uncut material block. The picture then shows up on your design software, with the help of which you can easily align the design in the software.
CNC milling improves upon the original, while some things stay intact. The primary changes are hardware related, and they get the job done more efficiently.
If you’re looking for the best value for your money (especially the A350 with it’s ginormous build volume) , you can’t go wrong with the Snapmaker 2.0.
Do you like the idea of Snapmaker 2.0 but wish you had something a bit more productive? Snapmaker Artisan brings you the same quality but in a more professional package.
This machine does what the Snapmaker 2.0 does — only better. It’s a full-blown professional-grade workshop in one machine.
Let’s start with the 3D printer, shall we?
The Artisan upgrades to a dual extruder as opposed to the single-nozzle system on the 2.0. You can print with two materials at once for much greater production flexibility
And you have a lot of material options, thanks to the 300°C hot end and an (optional) hardened steel nozzle. The Artisan can squeeze out even highly abrasive carbon or glass fiber-reinforced filaments. It can also print more than twice as fast as the 2.0 machine.
Print with multiple colors or water-soluble supports, mix two materials in one print… The Artisan can do it all.
On the laser engraving end of things, the Artisan is just as accurate as the 2.0 with a 0.2mm spot size. But the laser power is significantly higher at 10W, which lets you engrave and cut more materials at a faster rate.
And as any professional workshop operator knows, speed equals productivity — and money.
The CNC mill also receives a significant upgrade in speed by 6,000rpm to 18,000rpm. You can machine wood up to six times faster than with the 2.0 at the same accuracy. You still can’t process metal, but you’ll chew through wood much, much faster.
The work area of the Artisan is a huge 400 x 400 x 400mm — the largest on this list. You can print, engrave, or machine big objects for big projects.
Swapping between each tool head is fast and easy, thanks to a latched quick-swap system. Just pop the latch, swap the module, close the lock, and you’re ready to roll.
As a nice bonus, the Artisan comes standard with a protective laser-proof enclosure.
Now, the Artisan is a professionally oriented machine, so it’s very expensive. But the value you get for that money is, honestly, pretty insane.
This is also a very large machine that might not fit on just any desktop. Then again, the Artisan is clearly intended to go in a bigger workshop instead of a garage.
This shouldn’t be your first 3-in-1 3D printer. But for professionals, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat the productivity-to-price ratio of Snapmaker Artisan
The Zmorph is an engineering marvel. If I had to choose one 3D printer among this list that captured my heart, it would be this one.
Sexy – that’s the adjective that comes to mind looking at the machine. I hope you aren’t attracted to machines, you’ll fall for this one (I think my machine-o-philia is slipping through in this article).
This 3 in 1 3D printer is as sturdy as a stubborn rock. For 3D printing, this is fantastic news – you don’t need to do any leveling as the build plate won’t budge. The rigidity also helps in the CNC milling.
3D printing with standard settings leads to good prints, with just a few kinks here and there. However, you can make masterful prints by playing around with settings, so your prints are in good 3D printer hands.
Ready for the feature that will blow your minds? (None of the other 3D printers have this)
This machine has a dual-extruder tool head!
With this unique addition, you can mix and match filaments. Or use the same filament with different colors. The print bed is your playground.
Secondly, let’s look at the laser engraving feature. Engravings are picture-perfect with little to no artifacts. There’s not much to say here, other than – wow. The laser is carried over from the discontinued VX which is a 2.8 watt blue laser diode. It’s not the strongest laser but it’s sufficient enough to cut softer materials and be able to engrave woods, plastics, and leather without overburn.
And lastly, the CNC module steals the glory with the best CNC milling I’ve ever seen in an all-in-one machine.
The Zmorph Fab is an upgraded version of the former ZMorph VX. Here’s a list of enhancements from the original model.
- The single extruder is upgraded for faster 3D printing.
- Addition of sensors to detect filament runout.
- The cooling fan is redesigned to cool better. This further results in faster printing speed.
- An improved aluminum work table for the CNC that improves rigidity.
- Improved software
- A HEPA filter that prevents the emission of 99% of particles released during the 3D printing process.
Be ready to shell out some serious dough. You may have to pick a few pockets, but it’s worth being on the wrong side of the law to get this beauty of a laser 3D printer and CNC combo.
There are situations where a machine’s simple usability matters the most. DOBOT MOOZ is an easy-to-use 3-in-1 3D printer for hobbyists, schools, and even small-scale professional users.
As soon as you pull the machine out of the box, you’ll see that quality is the name of the game. This award-winning printer has a sturdy, high-quality aircraft-grade aluminum frame. Wobbling won’t ruin your prints.
The machine actually looks good enough that you might want it on your coffee table when you’re not using it.
The MOOZ isn’t just about the looks, though. Each of the three work modules does a good job thanks to a precise industrial-grade stepper motor.
The 3D print head has a minimum layer resolution of 50 microns—on par with many dedicated FDM 3D printers. The extruder heats up to 260°C and the heated bed reaches 100°C. You’ll get good-quality prints with the supported PLA, ABS, PC, and FLEX filaments.
The print speed is sluggish, but hey—good things come to those who wait.
The laser engraving module produces 0.5W of power. It probably won’t do as a laser cutter, but you can easily mark wood, paper, some plastics, and other soft materials. The machine comes with protective goggles to shield your eyes during engraving.
The CNC module performs well with an adjustable carving depth of 0-5mm. There’s not much to say about this module except that it simply works. The CNC unit produces smooth, good-looking results with little effort.
In fact, little effort is the MOOZ’s strongest point.
The machine is straightforward to set up and use. You can get to printing, carving, and engraving within 15 minutes of opening the box. The MOOZ is easy to operate with the detachable smartphone-like touchpad. This is one feature I’d love to see in more 3D printers.
It’s a good thing the MOOZ is a simple machine, too. You get an instruction booklet to get started, but apart from that, DOBOT doesn’t have much documentation available.
The MOOZ also has the smallest print volume of any machine I’ve listed here. At 130 x 130 x 130mm, you just can’t make very big prints.
But if you’re fine with small scale, DOBOT MOOZ is a reliable, affordable 3-in-1 3D printer. I would particularly recommend it to schools and universities.
One downside of all-in-one 3D printers is that you might pay extra for functionalities you’ll never use. If you know you don’t need a CNC mill, LOTMAXXX Shark V3 can satisfy your multipurpose 3D printer needs.
This 2-in-1 machine focuses on 3D printing and laser engraving. And it does both of those things very well.
Shark V3 has a 2-in-1-out extruder, which can take in two different filaments and alternate between them in one print. You could print with two different colors or use a water-soluble support material for easy clean-up.
The minimum layer thickness sits at 100 microns, so there will be clear layering on the prints. Otherwise, the print quality is excellent.
That’s partly thanks to the 9-point automatic leveling sensor. Together with the glass build plate, they guarantee good first-layer adhesion and little warping.
The print volume is a sufficient 235 x 235 x 265mm — not the biggest but neither is it the smallest. It’s enough for decently-sized prints.
The 1.6W engraving laser doesn’t pack as much power as Zmorhp or Snapmaker Artisan, but it’s still more than enough to engrave wood, leather, cardboard, and some plastics. The spot size is very small so your designs will come out nice and accurate.
Shark V3 is also one of the easiest printers ever to set up.
All you have to do is slot the two main frame components together, tighten some screws, plug in the extruder and you’re done. You’ll be up and printing in 15 minutes.
To control the printer, you get a detachable handheld touchpad, like the one on DOBOT MOOZ. Although the user interface is simple enough, many users unfortunately say it can lag a lot and have reliability issues.
While that is a strike against Shark V3, the good news is that LOTMAXXX’s customer service is top-notch. If you do run into issues with your machine, you can expect quick and friendly assistance.
As a nice side bonus, Shark V3 is software agnostic. It comes with LOTMAXXX software but also supports third-party slicers and laser engraving controllers, like Cura and LightBurn.
With how affordable this machine is, it’s a really great package. LOTMAXXX Shark V3 is a solid 2-in-1 3D printer for those who want a multipurpose machine but won’t need a CNC mill.
What’s an All-in-One 3D Printer?
An all-in-one 3D printer is a jack-of-all-trades kinda machine. As I mentioned, it can 3D print, laser engrave, CNC machine, print food, and more.
All kinds of people use these 3D printers – hobbyists, engineers, businesses, chefs, etc. They can be a godsend to those who don’t want multiple machines taking space in their house. Additionally, buying all those contraptions can significantly rack up your expenditure.
All-in-One 3D Printing Functionalities
Let’s look at the different capabilities of these machines.
If it wasn’t already obvious, 3D printing is the main function of an all-in-one 3D printer. For those not familiar with 3D printing, it’s a process by which material is deposited layer by layer to create a 3D object.
Laser cutting uses a high-powered laser to cut into materials like metal, plastic, and wood to create objects in different shapes. Laser engraving, on the other hand, uses a low-powered laser to engrave on similar materials.
CNC milling is a popular method used in subtractive manufacturing (the process of removing materials to create different objects). A rotary cutter moves along a pre-programmed path to cut the block to be milled.
Paste Extrusion/Syringe Extrusion
With paste extrusion, a syringe is used to print objects made of filaments such as PVC foil, wax, EVA foam, etc. Even food can be used as filament, as long as it’s made into a uniform semi-solid paste.
In hot-wire cutting, a heated wire of stainless steel is used to cut polystyrene foams and other materials.
Perfect for artists, this tool uses a pen to draw computer-programmed illustrations on any surface.
This process uses a drag knife to cut designs or letters into thin adhesive plastic surfaces.
How Good are these 3D Printers?
An all-in-one 3D printer is a Jack-of-all-trades. But you know Jack; the guy doesn’t seem to master anything.
Don’t expect these compact machines to perform each task like a champ. Ideally, these 3D printers would serve hobbyists the best. On the other hand, if you’re running a full-scale business, you may want to reconsider.