Now 3D printing technology is developing rapidly in the market and is widely applied to all kinds industries. So how do we quickly select a most suitable 3D printer? Today we will provide you with some buying tips!
1. Clarify your purchase intention
The price of 3D printers ranges from several thousand to tens of millions. The more common technologies include FDM, SLM, POLYJET, MJP, SLA, DLP, EBM, LCD, etc. Each additive manufacturing technology is similar to the traditional turning, milling, planing and grinding processes. It is just a process, and the solutions are limited. The type of process required should be determined according to the needs.
At this point, before you decide to buy a printer, you must first consider your actual economic capacity, and then consider the purpose of buying the printer. Is it to research the printer or to do a job? If you are a fan, you can choose to buy a DIY kit. If you are a designer or a company, it is better to buy an industrial-grade machine with complete functions and with stable printing performance .
The price of a 3D printer is directly proportional to the molding size and material volume. Except for scientific research purposes, the size of the purchased equipment may not be as large as possible, as long as it can meet the demand, too large a size will lead to waste of printing supplies and reduce printing efficiency.
2. Consider using environmental factors
Different requirements will affect 3D printing equipment of different technologies. Consumer machines have simple requirements for the printing field, usually in a well-ventilated area. Because SLA and DLP use open storage resins, they have the highest environmental requirements and require constant temperature and humidity. The temperature should be controlled at 22°--26° as much as possible, the humidity should be ≤40%, and the amount of indoor ultraviolet light should be low to prevent natural light exposure and provide a specific printing place. FDM 3D printers are relatively friendly in the environment requirement.Just need to keep the environment above 10 degrees to print normally.
3. Selection of printing Consumables
The rapid development of new materials is the key driving force for the rapid development of the 3D printing industry. The available consumables for 3D printing are solid and liquid. Material types include metal materials, resin materials, polymer materials, ceramic materials, inorganic lipid materials, biological materials, etc.
The materials that can be used for 3D printing are increasing every day. The types of materials are increasing, but there is usually no material that exactly matches your needs in actual scenes. Current printing technology can only print a limited number of materials in a specific category. When selecting materials, it is recommended to consult the material parameter table provided by the manufacturer in detail to understand whether there are alternative materials or similar materials that can meet the final requirements. And also need to consider the price of printing supplies, printing consumables are an important part of effecting the cost of 3D printers. The most economical and commonly used consumable on the market now is PLA, which is an environmentally friendly plastic consumable that can meet the needs of most people on the market.
4. After sales Service
When choosing a 3D printer supplier, you must pay attention to whether it has a large number of spare parts and a mature after-sales team. This has been achieved by many brands. 3D printing equipment has a high degree of automation. You only need to work strictly in accordance with the manufacturer's steps. The equipment failure rate is usually very low. However, it is not ruled out that sometimes there will be some problems due to operational errors. At this time, a professional after-sales team is extremely important. After all, every 3D printer is not cheap.