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Builder Extreme 1500 Pro 3D Printer In-Depth Review

April 26, 2021
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8.4Expert Score
Builder Extreme 1500 Pro 3D printer

The ability of this printer to produce parts and functional prototypes in various colors, using different 3D printing materials makes it a very special one in the list of 3D printers available in the same price range. Its print speed is above the industry average. The layer height resolution range offered by this printer is also more than satisfactory.

Affordability
5
Quality
8
Speed
8
Capability
10
Practicality
9
User Expectations
10
PROS
  • Seven in touch screen display lets you operate as well as monitor the 3D printer from one screen.
  • The printer is easily transportable from one place to the other.
  • It has filament detection as well as a UPS system.
  • The bed calibration, as well as leveling of this printer, is automatic.
  • It offers a huge build volume.
  • The printer lets you print with nozzles of different diameters.
  • It comes with an easy operate software i.e., Simplify 3D.
CONS
  • Price might be an issue for a lot of small enterprises functioning in the field of 3D printing technology.

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Model

Extreme 1500 Pro

Manufacturer

Builder

Price Range

$ 24900

Country

Netherlands

Availability

Available

Classification

Industrial

Technology

Extrusion (FFF- FDM…)

Material

Bronzefill, Flexible filament, PET, PLA, PRO1, PVA, Wood

Filament diameter

1.75 mm 0.07 in

OS compatibility

Linux, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows

Generic material

Yes

Max. build size

1100 × 500 × 820 mm 43.31 × 19.69 × 32.28 in

Max. build volume

451.00 L

Max. print speed

300 mm 11.81 in /s

Nozzle diameter(s)

0.4 mm 0.02 in, 0.8 mm 0.03 in, 1.2 mm 0.05 in

Dimensions

1510 x 790 x 1550 mm 59,45 x 31.1 x 61.02 in

Weight

225 kg 496.04 lb

Power input

100 – 240 V / 10A / 50 – 60 Hz / 2200 Watt

Heated print bed

Yes

Heated build chamber

No

Automatic calibration

Semi-automatic

Closed frame

Yes

Dual extruder

Yes

Independent Dual Extruder

No

Full color

No

LCD screen

Yes

Touchscreen

Yes

On-board camera

Yes

Mobile app

No

3D scanners

No

CNC mill

No

Electronics 3D printing

No

Laser engraving

No

Conveyor belt

No

Air filter

No

Pellet extruder

No

USB

Yes

Wifi

Yes

Bluetooth

No

SD card

No

Ethernet

Yes

The Builder Extreme 1500 Pro is a large-bed professional FDM 3D printer. It comes equipped with a self-developed dual-feed system. Entirely made of Aluminum, this 3D printer features a completely enclosed body that does reliable printing.

This printer is easy to move, so it can be used at homes, schools as well as offices. Builder Extreme 1500 Pro has a massive build volume and is based on a special color blending technology.

It has a semi-automated bed calibration and leveling that is meant to decrease human intervention and hence increase the efficiency of this printer. The printer is best suited for small-scale manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and design proofing.

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Features

This printer is one of those rare printers which fit into the office environment even after having a huge build volume offering.

The overall operation of this printer is effortless because of the features such as a seven-inch touch display, filament detection, and UPS system.

You will be able to resume a job from the same place that you had to stop because of a power outage.

Unique Color Blending Technology: Printing colorful parts and functional prototypes will be fun using this 3D printer. Because of this technology, your parts would need lesser or no post-processing. Lesser or no post-processing also implies that your part will be printed in lesser time than that on other printers where post-processing is required.

Touchscreen interface: It becomes easy to operate this printer with a seven-inch long touch screen interface. You can monitor as well as control this 3D printer using this user interface. You can simply manage the printing settings of this printer with the onboard camera. It keeps you constantly updated about the print status. There is also an emergency button that lets you stop the device whenever you need it.

Integrated Wi-fi: By integrating the 3D printer with your place’s Wi-Fi, you can easily monitor the complete printing process via your Smartphone or tablet. With this connectivity option, it becomes easy for you to transfer files from the device to the printer and vice versa.

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UPS resume after power outrage: Say you are printing a part with huge build volume on this printer and the electricity goes away! Because of the printer manufacturer’s UPS resume system; you would not need to restart the complete work again. As soon as the electricity would resume, you’d be able to continue from where you had paused.

Filament Detection: The printer has filament sensors that will display the status of the filament spools. Because of this, you will constantly get to know when your filament spool is about to finish. You can keep the next filament spool ready for printing. Additionally, you can also make sure; you start with a fresh filament spool while starting for the next print. Also, you would never get a print failure because of filament getting over.

On-board camera: You will be able to live to monitor the complete 3D printing process because of the inbuilt, on-board camera. And because you can connect with this printer using Wi-Fi, you will be able to view the printing process on your device. So if there are any chances that the printing process is not going the way you’d imagined, it would, you can pause, correct the design, and resume.

Huge build size: The maximum build size of this printer is 1100 mm * 500 mm * 820 mm. This printer lets you print large products without slicing your models in parts. It also permits producing smoother and more resistant objects like colored skyrockets.

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Integrated heated bed: This allows the 3D printer to reach higher temperatures and print with materials that demand so. Some 3D printing materials such as ABS, require a printer that can withstand higher temperatures, at that this it is better to have an integrated heated bed.

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Specifications

Builder Extreme 1500 Pro specsCredit: builder3dprinters

This 3D printer is based on FDM or FFF 3D printing technology. It has a build volume of 1100 mm * 500 mm * 280 mm. Builder Extreme 1500 Pro has a dual-feed system developed in-house.

You can 3D print your parts and functional prototypes maximum at a print speed of 300 millimeters per second. The travel speed of this printer’s print head is up to 500 millimeters per second.

The parts and functional prototypes printed on this printer have a layer height resolution range of 0.1 to 0.9 mm, depending on the nozzle. The printer permits you to use a nozzle of diameters 0.4 mm, 0.8 mm, 1.2 mm.

The print bed of this printer is made of an Aluminum Build plate. It is equipped with a filament detection sensor and has an uninterruptible power supply that resumes the print power outrage.

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The weight of this printer is 225 kilograms and you can connect with this printer using Wi-Fi, USB as well as Ethernet.

Builder Extreme 1500 Pro has an automatic build plate leveler, so you would not have to manually make many efforts.

The manufacturer has allowed printing with PLA, PVA, PET, Wood, and Bronzefill, Pro1, and Flexible Filament with 1.75 mm filament diameter.

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Price

The base price of this 3D printer is $24900. You can request a quote from the printer manufacturer as well as Lease the Builder Extreme. For receiving a quote, you will have to fill the form.

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First Impressions

Builder Extreme 1500 ProCredit: builder3dprinters

The printer is entirely made of Aluminum so the first glance over it makes you think of its strength. It features a completely enclosed body for reliable 3D printing.

You can easily move this printer from one place to the other as it comes equipped with transportation wheels. Builder Extreme 1500 Pro is available in black and gray color with a transport door on its front.

It has a stylish look and compact size that makes it a perfect choice for workspaces and office environments.

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Setup

The printer is shipped to you in a completely assembled condition. You do not need to do any efforts on it. It is print-ready. The printer’s box will come to your place along with:

  • Power Cable
  • 2-4.5 kilogram PLA Filament Spools
  • Simplify 3D slicing software
  • Manual and Quick Start Guide
  • Accessory Kit

It’s advisable that you read the manual and quick start guide before starting your first print with this printer.

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Printing Type/Cost

This printer is based on FDM 3D printing technology. It takes a plastic filament and squeezes it through the hot end, melting it and then depositing it in layers on the print bed. These layers are then fused together to form a part or functional prototype.

FDM is the same as FFM. Many types of materials can be used with printers based on this type of 3D printing technology. It is the widest type of 3D printing technology.

The printing cost of this printer is lower compared to printers based on SLA or other types of 3D printing technologies.

The printing cost generally depends on many factors such as the type of geometry, the amount of infill you plan to add, whether there’d be support structures needed or not, etc.

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Print Quality

Builder Extreme 1500 Pro orint qualityCredit: top3dshop

Here is a large-format 3D printer that prints layer after layer at 100 microns. Although the surface finish of parts and functional prototypes are not as smooth as you get with more expensive printers than this one, it is enough for prototyping and design proofing, which it is primarily known for.

As the printer comes with a heated bed as well as a closed chamber, it can print with high-temperature materials that guarantee high-quality, repeatable results.

The printer comes equipped with a filament detection sensor and an uninterruptible power supply which reduces the risk of printing failures because of the end of the filament and power outrage.

The dual-feed system of this printer lets you extrude two materials from a single nozzle, producing consistent results over time. Each of the two nozzles of this printer can heat up to 260 degrees Celsius.

The Aluminum body of this printer keeps it stable and solid enough to not let it vibrate during printing even the maximum build volume parts and functional prototypes that a 3D printer can offer.

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Software

The printer manufacturer recommends Simplify3D for slicing 3D design files to make it completely compatible with this 3D printer. It demands a 3D printing design file in STL format.

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This software is easy to use and more user-friendly than other software in the market. Simplify 3D includes optimized FDM profiles for different nozzle sizes. It can be installed on Windows, Mac as well as Linux operating systems.

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Customer Support

For getting support from the company you would have to fill in a Support form. There is a manual that the printer is accompanied with, it is recommended that you go through that manual.

Information regarding installation, quick start builder extreme, software, and dual-feed extruder, as well as color mixing, is available online.

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Parameters Influencing Buying Decision

The printer’s cost quality, speed, capability, practicality, and expectations are mentioned below in brief.

3D Printer Cost: Although the cost is high, you cannot say it is not justified. The 3D printer does offer value in return for the high cost you pay for it.

3D Printer Quality: The layer height resolution range of parts and functional prototypes offered by this printer is in the range of 0.1 to 0.9 mm which is pretty good for a printer in this price range.

3D Print Speed: Even after offering an above satisfactory quality of parts and functional prototype, the printer does not compromise on speed. It offers a maximum print speed of up to 300 millimeters per second.

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3D Printer Capability: Builder Extreme 1500 Pro is capable of 3D printing parts and functional prototypes of huge build volume in various colors and with various 3D printing materials.

3D Printer Practicality: When at work, it is very easy to operate, control and monitor important aspects of this 3D printer. There is a helpful touch screen interface that can pretty much control every part of this printer.

3D Printer User Expectations: Because of being easily transportable and its ability to be located on a desk, this 3D printer can be used in schools as well as homes, and office environments as well. However, it is an industrial 3D printer so if you are the manufacturer or professional 3D designer, the printer is primarily meant for your people.

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The Verdict

The ability of this printer to produce parts and functional prototypes in various colors, using different 3D printing materials makes it a very special one in the list of 3D printers available in the same price range.

Its print speed is above the industry average. The layer height resolution range offered by this printer is also more than satisfactory. If there is something you ought to particularly think about, it is cost.

Because the printer is based on the simplest 3D printing technology, you’ll quickly learn to operate it, even if you are new to this technology and 3D printers.

Its touch screen interface, Wi-Fi compatibility, filament detection, ups system will help you manage the printer even with lesser technical knowledge.

The tool kit with which this 3D printer comes consists of maintenance tools that will help you increase the life of parts of this printer. Overall, the printer produces great quality prints in a reasonable time.

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