In this extensive 3D printer buying guide, you’ll find technology solutions and material comparisons, plus hard-to-find answers about 3D printer pricing and total cost to own.
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Get your 3D printing questions answered
We’ll answer your top 3D printing questions in four easy-to-follow sections:
- What is 3D Printing?
From rapid prototyping to manufacturing to realistic medical modeling, 3D printing opens the door to increased efficiencies and broader business opportunities.
- 3D Printing Technologies
Learn how each technology works, where it excels, its potential drawbacks and what materials it can process. The guide includes FDM, PolyJet, SAF, P3 and Stereolithography.
- 3D Printing Materials
Compare materials like tensile strength, impact strength and heat resistance, and get links to detailed specifications. The guide includes Standard Plastics, Engineering Plastics, High-performance Plastics, and Photopolymers.
- Cost of Ownership
See 3D printer price ranges for each technology, and learn what other factors to consider when calculating total cost of ownership.
3D Printing Objectives
Stratasys professional 3D printing solutions encompass multiple technologies and capabilities along with a wide range of materials. Being clear about your goals will help you zero in on the right solution. Some objectives you might consider include:
- Shorten the design cycle
- Test more design ideas in less time
- Illustrate ideas to colleagues or investors more clearly
- Improve customization for products already produced
- Produce functional prototypes to catch and correct errors earlier
- Develop job-ready students for tomorrow’s technical careers
- Improve patient outcomes using realistic surgical planning models
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