Several of the new and noteworthy 3D printers in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries. Three of them include the number "1,000" in the product name, indicating that the longest dimension is 1,000 mm. That doesn't sound like much, but it's nearly 40 inches, which used to be considered downright humongous in a commercial or industrial 3D printer.
Some of the others have broken other kinds of boundaries, such as using multiple heads, new metals printing techniques, printing new materials, or working with high-profile development partners to ensure very high-quality parts and controls. A couple of the machines are desktops, one is an enormous industrial end-production machine, and most are commercial or industrial printers that fall in-between in machine size and build volumes.
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Ann R. Thryft is senior technical editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 25 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, machine vision, and all kinds of communications.
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