Making and selling 3D printers is becoming even more widespread around the globe than before. Only three of our new 3D printers in this slideshow are made by US companies. The other six come from one manufacturer in China and five in Europe.
The biggest is an industrial printer from Spain, with a print area of 840 x 840 x 800 mm. Other industrial printers in this batch come from Italy, Poland, and the US. The desktops include an SLA printer from China, and filament printers from the US, Poland and France. There are also some 3D printer fused filament toolhead technologies licensed from a company that wants everyone to 3D print more interesting, complex materials -- like composites.
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With its large volume -- 840 x 840 x 800 mm -- and multiple heads, the filament fusion LSBP (Large Scale Batch Printer) from Spain's Allied Dimensions is designed to either replace a traditional printer farm for serial production or serve as a large-scale printer for massive projects -- or both. Its six individual heads can be used separately or together, depending on the size and number of pieces to be printed. The large heated bed allows printing big mechanical parts made from ABS or other plastics that require a heated platform. The ultra-light carriage system is made from carbon fiber with a novel type of bearing solution. The modular gantry lets users quickly swap between the printer's function modes.
(Source: Allied Dimensions)
Ann R. Thryft is senior technology editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 27 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, and robotics. In the past, she's also written about machine vision and all kinds of communications.