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2020 Best 3D Printer Plastic- Types, Uses And Buying Guide

3D printing is becoming very popular with the passage of time. It is hard to keep track of all the technologies and the advances that are made.

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There are also various types of materials that are added in the list of materials that can be used for 3D printing of a part.

However, the most commonly used materials for 3D printing of functional parts and prototypes are Plastic. But what are the few 3D printer plastic-type options we have currently?

The most common one is the FDM 3D printers. In FDM technology, plastic is deposited layer after layer until the final object is printed and then solidified to get the complete part.

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There are others too. For instance, SLA. In this technology, photopolymer plastic is solidified to get the complete part that is to be printed.

Another is the polyjet 3D printing technique which uses the photopolymerization technique, in which the layer of plastic is solidified using UV light. Plastic is also used in SLS technology wherein parts are fused layer by layer to form a completely functioning prototype.

There are many other techniques by which plastic can be 3D printed, but the above mentioned one remains the main one.

Let’s take a look at a list of printers that are chosen in such a way that printers based on each one of those 3D printing techniques that are mentioned above are given a stand.

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List of 8 Best 3D Printer Plastic Type

Because of the worldwide presence and availability of Plastic, it has become one of the most common raw materials that are used for 3D printing. Printers that use plastic as a raw material have their presence in every type of price range.

On one hand, they do not disappoint the industrial manufacturers and on the other, they even take care of small businesses and hobbyists of 3D printing. So let’s have a look at the top 8 3D printer that uses plastic as a raw material.

Original Prusa i3 MK3S

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This printer is priced in the market at $1,000. You would be surprised to see the quality of prints offered by this plastic printer when compared to others in the same price range.

I3 MK3S’s calibration routines, error detection, and mitigation systems are some features that make it one of the most intuitive features offered in this range.

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Although the printer cannot print with multiple materials, its technicality and support documentation makes it a winning printer. Small businesses and hobbyists would find their dream printer in this machine.

Prusa is known to support all its users 24*7 during any trouble. Due to its reliability in the market, this printer becomes a go-to printer for any beginner in the market.

Especially if you are not sure about your future and are willing to experiment in the 3D printing market, this printer will suit you the most.

If you are looking for a reliable 3D printer plastic that produces beautiful prints and is easy to use, look no further than this machine.

With the price that it is offered in the market, it’s certainly not the cheapest, but it delivers constantly. The printer is open source so one can join with it in various ways and upgrade more easily with time.

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Creality Ender 3

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The printer is priced under $200. Unlike its competitors in the market, Creality Ender 3 gives you a fair amount of box printing experience. Not only that, but this 3D printer also has a solid build platform on which one can customize his/her 3D printer part and/or prototype.

Since the day it has been launched in the market, people have loved it because it offers an easy assembly. The printer produces high-quality prints at an affordable price. It has a build volume of 220 mm * 220 mm * 250 mm.

Creality Ender 3 is an excellent option for beginners and makers. Undoubtedly, the printer has flaws, but under the price that it is offered, it is still worth to own it.

The build platform of this printer is placed upon the integrated base unit that contains both the mainboard and the power supply unit.

This feature adds a fixed degree of stability to the machine, given that it is sufficiently fixed to the frame along the X and Y-axis.

The Creality Ender 3 is equipped with V slot wheels that run along the aluminum extrusions. This provides smooth motion during the printing process.

Creality Ender 3 is the only printer in its price range to offer such an impressive design at such a low cost.

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Stratasys J750/735

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Stratasys J750 3D Printer

Stratasys is one of the most experienced and largest 3D printing company in the world. Its reputation in the market is as an industry’s top innovator.

J750 and J735 are two of the company’s topmost offerings in the industrial side 3D printer plastic. If J750 is known for being old in the industry, J735 is known for being compact and yet able to produce attractive prints of considerable build volume.

Both J750 and J735 use polyjet 3D printing process. This means that they are capable of jetting multiple materials and build intricate geometries throughout the part and prototype.

The overall aim of both printers is to minimize the difference between imagined and real parts. Audi, the opulent car manufacturer uses these machines to produce intimation parts for the design approval process.

If you want your printer parts to mimic the functionality, look, and feel of your imagination, go for these printers and see the magic.

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HP Jet Fusion 500/300

In 2016 when HP first announced this Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer, it took the industry to a storm of hype. HP has developed a deep insight into the field of additive manufacturing by its R & D department and multiple industry partners.

Perhaps it is a result of this that the company kept these 3D printers based on Multi-Jet Fusion, the technology which is capable of fabricating parts with control at the level of the individual.

HP Jet Fusion 500 and 300 are the company’s latest offering in the range of industrial-grade printers. These printers are capable of producing fully colored functional parts in a shorter period.

There are also talks about how the company is trying to make this technology available to small businesses. So that they can bear the cost that goes in for buying these machines.

Build volumes of 500 and 300 are 332 mm * 190 mm * 248 mm and 254 mm * 190 mm * 248 mm respectively.

These printers are known for the automation one gets to see in them. Be it the printing process monitoring that the printers allow or the plug and play cartridge for the material, the printer is fully advanced.

One of the most striking features of these printers is the color and binding agents that reclaim the reusable material after completing the prints. This simplifies the overall experience.

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Natural Robotics VIT

Natural Robotics VIT

This 3D printer is available in the market at $12,900. Back in 2017, Natural Robotics, the Barcelona based manufacturer launched a kick starter campaign for its project VIT and managed to collect $300,000.

The manufacturer claims that this 3D printer offers a build volume of 250 mm * 250 mm * 300 mm and a print speed of 20 mm/hour.

VIT offers a layer resolution of 0.05mm which is extraordinary for a printer of this price range to offer. This enables users of VIT to print extremely complex geometries with ease. This plastic 3D printer comes with technical support and an optimal maintenance plan which ensures that the hardware stays in good condition.

Some of the main features of this 3D printer are speed, standalone 3D printing, and a 7-inch touchscreen user interface. This is one of those rare printers which does not require a computer to be connected to work.

Though, it does offer wi-fi connectivity. VIT is based on SLS technology that uses powdered plastic as material to print parts and prototypes. One of the most noteworthy facts about this printer and technology is that it can print without the need for support structures.

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Sinterit Lisa

Sinterit Lisa 3d printer

This manufacturer is a front runner in the industry since its start. The history of Lisa is very interesting. SLS 3D printing was at growth during the period when Lisa came into existence.

Many companies were trying to make a benchtop-sized SLS 3D printer that could suffice the need of small businesses. Sinterit was the first company to make this breakthrough with Lisa.

Manufactured in Poland, Lisa costs around $8,000. Another attribute that makes Lisa appealing for a user to buy apart from its low price is the intuitive user interface.

By breaking down the complete sintering process into steps, this interface simplifies the entire printing process. Lisa offers a build volume of 150 mm * 200 mm * 150 mm and a minimum layer resolution of 0.075 microns.

Businesses that do not wish to buy the too loud industrial-grade printers and still wish to be connected via SLS technology can buy Sinterit Lisa and fulfill their wish.

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Anycubic Photon S

Anycubic Photon S 3D Printer

This printer is manufactured by a company from Shenzen China, after the success of its previous version. The limitations of the previous version are completely taken care of by the company in this one.

Anycubic Photon S has the excellent print quality and simple user operation because of which people who don’t wish to invest too much on 3D printers, buy it.

Minor nips and tucks are the two major things that Photon S makes with complete efficiency utilizing very little time. In terms of hardware, Photon S has upgraded ones compared to Photon, however, the print quality is not changed much.

There has been an addition in air filter and an improvement in its user interface. Apart from that, if kept together it’s hard to notice changes in the printers’ looks.

Anycubic Photon S has a build volume of 115 mm * 65 mm * 165 mm, an XY resolution of 47 microns, and Z resolution of 10 microns. The two most interesting features of this printer are its LCD display and USB connectivity.

Both of these are unavailable in printers of the same price range. Anycubic Photon S is based on the SLS 3D printing technique.

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Peopoly Phenom

Peopoly Phenom

Moai series by manufacturer Peopoly observed huge success, following which, Phenom series was introduced in the market. Unlike the traditional SLA technique, this printer uses MSLA technology.

In this 3D printing technology, a mixture of UV LED light source and LCD masking is used to solidify the resin. Peopoly has made this printer an eccentric printer by using an alternator that promises proper light distribution and cooling systems.

In addition to this, another important feature of this printer is the film processing technique. Peopoly ensures that there is a reduction in the adhesion between the solidified resin and the vat floor after each layer is printed. Even third party resins can be used to print functional parts and prototypes using Phenom.

This printer uses a 4K LCD screen and has a print bed size of 276 mm * 155 mm * 400 mm. Phenom has an XY resolution of 72 microns and a Z resolution of 20 microns.

The market price of this printer is $2000. By using a masked SLA technique the manufacturer has extended the life of this 3D printer by some years.

This printer is for beginners and hobbyists of 3D printing technology who are wishing to experiment using plastic filament for building various 3D printed parts.

The Conclusion

Since the development of 3D printing, there have been many technologies that have come forward. But 3D printer plastic remains a safer, much more preferred option of designers, engineers, manufacturers, and small businesses.

Perhaps this is because of its connectivity with people. Objects of no other material hold the record of being in touch with people, as much as Plastic.

Because of this reason, printers with plastic as material remain the safest option for you to purchase irrespective of whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or professional in the field of 3D printing.

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