Big parts, big machines, big power. Welcome to industrial 3D printing.
Industrial 3D printers are becoming standard equipment at all manufacturing operations. From huge automotive manufacturers to small one-person workshops, they churn out durable and detailed parts at unmatched speed.
But you can’t hop on the industrial 3D printing train blindly. These are costly machines, and buying the wrong printer is a mistake your business can’t afford.
Read on and learn which of the best industrial 3D printers in 2022 have what you need.
Table of Contents
- Best Industrial 3D Printers At A Glance
- Industrial 3D Printing: What Does It Mean?
- The New Industrial Revolution
Best Industrial 3D Printers At A Glance
3D Printer Type: FDM | Materials: PLA, ABS, HIPS, PC (Polycarbonate), TPU, Nylon, TPE, PETG, Metal Infused PLA, Woodfilled PLA & Carbon Fiber Reinforced Materials | Build Volume: 305 × 305 × 605 mm
Are you looking for the first industrial 3D printer for your business? Or do you want to add to the machine collection of an existing operation? Whichever way you answered, it doesn’t matter — you need a Raise3D Pro2 Plus.
This machine ticks all the boxes of a full-fledged industrial 3D printer, except for the sky-high price tag.
The Pro2 Plus has a dual extruder that lets you print two materials at once. Additionally, the printer can handle even carbon fiber, glass, and wood-filled filaments. The possibilities of different combinations are endless.
The HEPA-filtered enclosure keeps fumes out of your nose and bed and nozzle temperatures steady for reliably high-quality prints.
Did I hear you ask: “How high-quality?”
The printer can achieve a minimum layer resolution of 10 microns. That’s basically unheard of for an FDM printer. No matter how fine your details, they’ll come out clear and sharp.
Oh, and that price. At a very affordable price, the Pro2 Plus delivers the performance you’d see on machines that cost three times as much.
But nothing is perfect. The print platform is finicky to level and the (admittedly big and bright) touchscreen has some reliability issues. Also, why can’t a printer this big fit a 3kg filament spool?
I’m nitpicking, though. Raise3D Pro2 Plus is simply the best industrial 3D printer you can get at this price.
3D Printer Type: FDM | Materials: Carbon PA, PP, Flex-TPU, PEEK, Carbon PEEK, PEKK, ToolingX CF, Functional-Nylon, Strong-ABS, ABS-ESD & Ultra-PLA | Build Volume: 300 x 250 x 220 mm
Roboze Plus PRO is a newcomer on the market, having launched in July 2022. But it’s a welcome sight — it can print with advanced high-performance materials.
Plus PRO is compatible with such exotic filaments as PEKK, carbon fiber-reinforced materials, flexible TPU filament, PEEK, and the list goes on. The extensive material support lets you print parts for practically any purpose — from rapid prototyping to replacing metals in mechanical applications.
If you need one printer for multiple uses, this is a good contender.
The machine gives you accurate and reliable results to boot. Roboze’s unique beltless design moves the print head fast with very high accuracy. The 15-micron resolution doesn’t quite beat Raise3D Pro2 Plus, but it’s still very good for an FDM printer.
Getting those reliable results isn’t a headache, either. Plus PRO integrates with Roboze’s own Prometheus slicer, which makes using it a cinch.
Unfortunately, the print chamber is embarrassingly small compared to the size of the printer. This behemoth weighs 660 pounds (300 kg) and is likely taller than you. You may also run into some software bugs since this is a newly released machine.
As long as you don’t need huge parts, Roboze Plus PRO brings to the table fantastic versatility with its material range.
3D Printer Type: FDM | Materials: ABS-CF 10, ABS-ESD7, ABS-M30, ASA, Diran 410MF07, TPU 92A, PC-ABS & PLA | Build Volume: 355 x 254 x 355 mm
Plenty of people think of industrial-level production as loud and noisy. But Stratasys F370 running in the corner of your office shows that professional-grade additive manufacturing can be a quiet affair.
During printing, F370 runs at a maximum volume of 46db. That’s roughly equivalent to a quiet conversation. While idling, the machine is even quieter.
In other words, it wouldn’t get kicked out of a library.
The enclosed chamber that makes it so silent also ensures steady temperature and reliable printing quality. It can reach layer resolutions as small as 10 microns, so your prints will always be accurate and smooth. Automatic calibration and other features make the F370 beginner-friendly.
With its dual extruders, F370 can print with two materials at once. It also has four filament bays (two for modeling and two for support material) which removes the hassle of constantly swapping filaments.
But does F370 support enough materials for that to matter?
The machine works with eight different materials. The range isn’t the largest out there, but F370 can still produce anything from prototypes to functional parts.
You’ll have to dig deep, though, since Stratasys has slapped a $50,000 price tag on F370. Additionally, the print chamber — although not the smallest on this list — isn’t that impressive considering the printer’s heft.
Stratasys F370 is a quiet, production-ready 3D printer for offices or schools — if you can afford it.
3D Printer Type: FDM | Materials: ABS, Nylon, PC & PEEK | Build Volume: 260 x 260 x 260 mm
You have to love the name of this 3D printer — Funmat sounds like a carnival ride. But the real fun part for additive manufacturers is the fact that Intamsys Funmat HT Enhanced makes for a perfect first industrial 3D printer.
But does that mean the Funmat is less capable?
Not at all. With an extruder reaching a searing 450°C (842°F), the Funmat can print with an incredible range of engineering-grade materials, including nylon, PEEK, and reinforced filaments. Whatever material you need to give your business a boost, Funmat delivers.
The printer keeps up the heat with the enclosed high-temperature print bed. The steady high temperatures practically eliminate warping and curling. You’ll get a reliable print quality out of this machine.
But let’s get to the best part — the price.
You wouldn’t believe how affordable Funmat’s performance isFunmat costs only about $7,000. The sturdy construction and automated features are not something you’d expect from a machine this cheap.
The low price starts to show in the detail accuracy. It’s good for an FDM printer but can’t compete with Raise3D, which is about the same price. Funmat’s print volume is also quite small.
But at this price, you can forgive those slights. Intamsys Funmat HT Enhanced is a great entry point to industrial 3D printing.
3D Printer Type: SLS | Materials: PA12 Powder, TPU / TPE Flexa Powder | Build Volume: 150 x 200 x 150 mm
You don’t have to worry about ending up like Tommy Wiseau — this Lisa won’t tear you apart. Instead, Sinterit Lisa is an incredibly compact selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer that’ll put together high-quality parts.
Industrial SLS printers are usually huge. But Lisa doesn’t care about your preconceptions and does whatever she wants.
For an industrial-grade SLS printer, Lisa is positively petite with a weight of just 90 pounds (41kg) and a height of 660 mm. She’ll bring SLS power to any office or workshop.
Lisa can create accurate prints, on par with machines five times her size. Since she’s an SLS printer, you don’t have to worry about creating support. The nylon or TPU powder in Lisa’s print chamber supports the parts and saves you trouble.
And as a cherry on top of it all, Lisa won’t break your budget.
Of course, Lisa’s print volume is as small as she is. She also doesn’t know what to do with powders other than Nylon and TPU. Finally, Lisa can be temperamental, so be prepared to spend time with print preparation.
She’s worth the effort, though. Sinterit Lisa brings quality SLS parts to even the smallest 3D printing business.
3D Printer Type: SLS | Materials: PA 2200 & PEKK | Build Volume: 500 x 330 x 400 mm
Looking to put a capital “I” in “industrial”? EOS P 500 is your machine.
Let’s put it this way. This selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer makes high-performance parts for Formula 1 cars and some of the world’s largest electronics companies. It will do the same for you.
With a massive build volume and extremely fast print speed, EOS P 500 oozes productivity. Add to that advanced automation features and you’ll be churning out hundreds of parts per hour.
But what about the part quality?
It’s just as industrial-oriented as this machine’s features. EOS P 500 makes high-quality components that are strong and damage-resistant enough for aerospace applications. The temperature-controlled printer interior ensures reliable and steady part quality.
Also, thanks to the SLS technology, you won’t need to add support structures. You can create amazingly complex components with moving or interlocking elements with ease.
But EOS P 500 is made for factories. It’s an absolutely massive machine and has a price tag to match. Also, ironically, it can’t match Sinterit Lisa’s layer resolution.
In summary, if you’re looking for industrial printers for a factory setting, EOS P 500 is what you need. It’s a fully production-ready heavy-duty SLS 3D printer.
3D Printer Type: FFF | Materials: PLA, PVA, PETG, TPU, ABS, PP & PA | Build Volume: 420 x 300 x 400 mm
“I want large-format, industrial-quality parts, but the machines are so expensive.” Does this sound like you? Then, my friend, you must meet BCN3D Epsilon W50.
This FDM printer makes large-scale 3D printing cheap(ish) and easy.
Costing less than $10,000, Epsilon W50 has a big print volume. Its HEPA-filtered enclosure keeps the temperature steady, so you can reliably fill that huge heated build chamber.
And you have a lot of options on how you want to fill it.
Epsilon W50 has two independent extruders. You can easily mix two materials in one print, but that’s not all.
The Mirror Mode lets you print two mirrored halves of one part — electronics cases, anybody? Meanwhile, the Duplication Mode moves each extruder independently, creating two identical parts. What a way to boost productivity.
You can get to printing quickly, too, since the machine is ready to go straight out of the box. Installation and setup take only about 20 minutes.
The closed print chamber can run a bit too hot, though, which might cause quality issues with materials like PLA. Bed leveling is also weirdly time-consuming, considering how automated the printer is otherwise.
In short, BCN3D Epsilon W50 is a reliable large-format 3D printer that won’t break the bank.
3D Printer Type: FFF | Materials: PLA, PET PRO1 (ABS Replacement) & Flexible Filaments | Build Volume: 1100 x 1100 x 820 mm
What’s so extreme about Builder Extreme 3000 PRO, you ask? I have three words for you — gigantic print size.
Extreme 3000 PRO rocks the single largest build volume out of any 3D printer on this list. Scratch that, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a larger print chamber in general. The machine can print parts with horizontal dimensions above 3 feet (1m).
With this printer, you can forget about part size. It’s just not even a consideration anymore.
Extreme 3000 PRO also packs plenty of features to make those big print jobs easy. It has a filament run-out sensor to warn you about empty spools. It can also pause the printing process in case you lose power or accidentally open the door. After all, you don’t want to lose prints this big to slightly bumping on the door.
It probably won’t surprise you that a build volume like this needs a huge machine, or that it costs a pretty penny. The surface quality is also rough and the material range is limited, but those are just facts of life with almost any giant-format printer.
If you need enormous parts, you can’t do much better than Builder Extreme 3000 PRO.
3D Printer Type: ADAM | Materials: 17-4PH Stainless Steel, Copper, H13 Tool Steel, Inconel 625 & A2 and D2 Stool Steel | Build Volume: 300 x 220 x 180 mm
Markforged Metal X brings heavy metal thunder to additive manufacturing technology. This 3D printer makes printing directly with metal filaments accessible to more companies than ever before.
How has Markforged achieved such a feat?
Metal X works similarly to any FDM printer. The powder metal rods are encased in a plastic binder. The binder is removed during the printing process, leaving only various grades of steel, copper, or Inconel alloy in its wake.
As a result, you can print sturdy, corrosion-resistant, and complex metal parts, like engine components. With a minimum layer height of 50 microns, Metal X is also as accurate as some of the listed plastic FDM printers, like Intamsys Funmat HT Enhanced.
Printing directly with metal isn’t as easy as with plastic, though. The raw metal prints require extensive post-processing.
You have to wash the parts to remove the binder and sinter them in a blazing furnace. Metal X is not a beginner’s printer — not that it even tries to be.
Oh, and the machine is very expensive. It carries a hefty price tag of nearly $100,000.
But that’s still cheap for an industrial metal printer. Markforged Metal X lets you embrace your inner Conan the Barbarian and solve the riddle of steel.
3D Printer Type: FFF | Materials: ABS, ASA, Nylon (PA 6, 6/66, 12), PAEK, PC, PEEK, PEI (ULTEM™ 9085, 1010), PEKK, PETG, POM, PP, PPSU, PSU, PVDF, TPE & TPU | Build Volume: 450 × 450 × 565 mm
Running a manufacturing business is busy work — you don’t need equipment problems on top of everything else you have to do. AON3D AON M2+ lets you manage your operation in peace.
This FFF 3D printer keeps printing reliably and efficiently, come what may.
AON M2+ offers everything you could want from an industrial-capable 3D printer. Large print volume? Check. Fast calibration? Check. High-temperature enclosure for steady quality? Check.
On top of all that, AON M2+ supports more than a dozen third-party materials, including carbon fiber, glass fiber, and kevlar-reinforced filaments. Whether you’re into rapid prototyping or making functional parts, it will deliver.
And the machine isn’t overly expensive. Sure, it has a five-figure price tag, but it’s still a bargain considering the productivity, print volume, and part quality.
There are a couple of downsides. It can take ages for the print chamber to heat up to the temperatures you need for some advanced materials. Oddly, the machine also doesn’t support many industrial automation features.
AON3D AON M2+ is the definition of a no-nonsense industrial 3D printer. It will be your most reliable and hardworking employee.
Industrial 3D Printing: What Does It Mean?
3D printing is becoming increasingly popular among hobbyists, but it’s making an even bigger impact in industrial applications. From consumer goods to aerospace, it seems every manufacturer is scrambling to employ 3D printing technology.
It’s easy to see why. Industrial 3D printers allow you to make parts in-house, practically eliminating lead times. They can produce parts of comparable (or better) strength and quality to traditional manufacturing — while reducing material consumption and costs.
But even manufacturing experts might wonder what an “industrial 3D printer” actually is. Let’s unpack that title and see what it means.
What Is an Industrial 3D Printer?
Technically, you could use any 3D printer in an industrial setting. But just sitting in a professional workshop or factory doesn’t make it an industrial printer.
The key to defining an industrial 3D printer is the manufacturer’s design intent.
Industrial 3D printers are designed and built from the beginning to offer high part quality and productivity to business-oriented users — even at the expense of ease of use or affordability. This sets them apart from consumer and prosumer printers, which often prioritize accessibility and lower price.
That’s not to say industrial printers can’t be affordable (we listed several that are). But they’re still designed to offer an industrial-level rapid prototyping and part manufacturing experience.
What Makes a Printer ‘Industrial?’
So, whether or not a printer is industrial depends on the manufacturer’s design philosophy. But how does that philosophy translate to practice?
You can generally determine a printer’s industrial capability by looking at four factors — build volume, extruder temperature, heated build chamber, and automation. It’s not a rule set in stone, but these details can reveal whether or not you’re looking at an industrial 3D printer.
Large Enough Build Volume
Industrial manufacturing depends on production volume. Of course, small-batch manufacturing is a thing (and that’s where 3D printing shines) but you’ll still want to maximize your productivity.
Industrial 3D printers generally have larger print chambers than consumer-level ones, giving them the ability to print larger components or multiple parts at once.
High Extruder Temperature
Many engineering-grade materials have very high melting temperatures, upward of 325°C (617°F). To print with such materials as reinforced filaments, nylon, or PEEK, industrial 3D printers need high-temperature extruders.
Heated Build Chamber
Any business depends on steady product quality. A heated print bed and chamber that reaches at least 80°C (176°F) prevents warping and gives you a predictable part quality.
You can’t afford to keep manually feeding data to your printer and re-calibrating it after every print job. Industrial 3D printers are highly automated to keep them in constant operation without slowing your business down.
How to Choose the Right Industrial 3D Printer for You
Picking an industrial 3D printer can seem daunting — especially if you’re buying your first one.
How can you be sure you get the features you need?
The choice isn’t as difficult as you may think. Consider these factors when browsing the listed printers and you should have a clear idea of what you need.
Consider both the print volume and the size of the machine when choosing the printer. Larger build volumes quickly rack up 3D printer prices, so don’t overpay if you only need small components. An industrial 3D printer can also be a huge machine — make sure you have the space for it.
3D Printing Technology
Not every 3D printer is equal. Some produce more durable parts (EOS P500, Markforged Metal X) while others emphasize detail accuracy (Raise3D Pro2 Plus, Stratasys F370). Research the different technologies and pick one that serves your needs.
Do you need flexible parts? Or perhaps you need extreme corrosion resistance? Different materials shine in different applications, so make sure your printer prints the one you need.
Ease of Use
It’s best to pick a 3D printer that anyone can use, but that’s not always possible with complex industrial machines. Hiring a professional 3D printer operator can add to your costs. It may just be something you have to do, but it’s good to be aware of this potential expense beforehand.
Does the detail accuracy and precision matter to you? Consider whether you need intricate details or smooth surfaces. If not, you may be able to save some money by choosing a less accurate 3D printer.
Every 3D printer needs computer software for operation. Check what slicers and other software your printer supports, how complicated they are to use, and whether there are cheap (or even free) alternatives.
Your 3D printer will break eventually — there’s no way around it. Make sure the manufacturer offers good customer service and prompt maintenance to keep your business running.
The New Industrial Revolution
Whichever field you’re active in, an industrial 3D printer can boost your productivity and open new business opportunities. You now know what to look for when choosing your new 3D printer. To make the choice even easier, here are some of our recommendations.
Raise3D Pro2 Plus is simply your top choice, bringing great part quality at an amazing value. Sinterit Lisa lets you tip your toes in printing durable parts with SLS, while Builder Extreme 3000 PRO prints the largest parts you’ve ever seen.
But you know your manufacturing needs best. With this guide, you can find the printer that revolutionizes your manufacturing business.