When creating particularly large 3D prints, many printers can quickly reach their limits. The installation space is often not large enough, and in some cases the quality also diminishes with larger prints. This is exactly why it is important to use suitable printers for large-scale printing. In the following, we have filtered out the best large 3D printers and also give you a few useful tips along the way.
The most important in a nutshell
- If you want to create particularly large 3D prints, you should go for a large 3D printer with a high build volume
- As a large 3D printer, we refer to printers that can print at least on one axis 30 cm
- Many different large 3D printers in different price ranges are available to you on the market
- Before buying a large 3D printer, you should take a close look at criteria such as print bed adhesion, usability and price-performance ratio
- We'll help you find the best large build volume 3D printer for you
The best 3D printers with large build volume
To give you a quick overview of the best 3D printers with large build volumes, we have compiled a top list for you below. Only printers that can print at least 30 cm on one axis are listed.
|Place||Name||Manufacturer||Procedure||Installation space||Maximum print resolution||Special features||Approx. price||To the store|
|1||Cobra Max||Anycubic||FDM||400 x 400 x 450||n.a||Heated print bed, high printing speed, simple operation||529 €||Click|
|2||CR-30 Printmill||Creality||FDM||200 x 170||40||Batch printing enables fast reproduction, resumption in case of power failure||1.000 €||Click|
|3||CR-10 Max||Creality||FDM||450 x 450 x 470||40||Enormously large installation space, simple application, heated construction plate, automatic leveling||800 €||Click|
|4||CR-6 Max||Creality||FDM||400 x 400 x 400||40||Auto-leveling, dual Y- and Z-axis, easy component replacement||800 €||Click|
|5||Sidewinder X2||Artillery||FDM||300 x 300 x 400||35||Automatic print bed leveling, two Z-axis, heating bed protection, titanium extruder.||425 €||Click|
|6||Sonic Mega 8K||Phrozen||DLP||330 x 185 x 400||n.a||8K resolution, all metal, user-friendly interface with large touchscreen.||2.400 €||Click|
|7||Voron 2.4 350||LDO Motors||FDM||350 x 350 x 350||n.a||Color extrusion profiles selectable, stainless steel linear rails||1.700 €||Click|
|8||Snapmaker 2.0 A350T||Snapmaker||FDM||320 x 250 x 330||n.a||Intelligent touch screen, 3D printing and router, flexible print sheet, up to 100 mm/ s, auto leveling||1.500 €||Click|
|9||CR-3040 Pro||Creality||FDM||300 x 300 x 400||30||High pressure bed adhesion, automatic leveling, heated build plate, build area completely closed||1.795 €||Click|
The best large 3D printer: Anycubic Kobra Max
For printing with FDM, the Anycubic Kobra Max is the best large 3D printer in our eyes. The price of the device is on a fair level, and the installation space is enormous at 400 x 400 x 450 mm. In addition, the successor to the Anycubic Kobra offers a Bowden extruder, a filament sensor and a heated print bed. Also not to be sneezed at: The high print speed of up to 180 mm/s.
- Name: Cobra Max
- Manufacturer: Anycubic
- Installation space (L x W x H in mm): 400 x 400 x 450
- Maximum print resolution (microns): n/a
- Special features: easy operation, high printing speed, heatable print bed, auto bed leveling
- Advantages: large community, comparatively low price
- Disadvantages: Print profiles for PLA and TPU not available
The best cheapest 3D printer with large build space: Artillery Sidewinder X2
With the Sidewinder X2, Artillery has launched the successor to the Sidewinder X1. This printer is a low-priced printer, but it has a lot to offer in return in our eyes. The installation space is enormous at 300 x 300 x 400 mm. In addition, the Sidewinder X2 offers a titanium extruder, auto-bed leveling, and plate heating up to 130°C. For this price, a real high-performance package, which is also easy to use for beginners thanks to a color touchscreen.
- Name: Sidewinder X2
- Manufacturer: Artillery
- Installation space (L x W x H in mm): 300 x 300 x 400
- Maximum print resolution (microns): 35
- Special features: Auto bed leveling, print bed protection, titanium extruder, build plate up to 130°C.
- Advantages: affordable price, 32-bit motherboard, color touchscreen
- Disadvantages: Firmware identical to the predecessor
The largest 3D printer from the list: Creality CR-10 Max
Precisely print especially large objects. That's exactly what Creality enables you to do with the CR-10 Max. The printer is equipped with a gigantic installation space of 450 x 450 x 470 mm. Sufficiently large to print almost any object for your own four walls. Fortunately, the frame is very stable, so the finest prints can be made at any time, even with large objects. In addition, the CR-10 Max offers a user-friendly touchscreen, a heated build plate and automatic leveling of the print bed.
- Name: CR-10 Max
- Manufacturer: Creality
- Installation space (L x W x H in mm): 450 x 450 x 470
- Maximum print resolution (microns): 40
- Special features: Stable frame, large installation space, easy application
- Advantages: heated build plate, automatic leveling, user-friendly HD touch screen.
- Disadvantages: open installation space
The Best Large Resin 3D Printer: Phrozen Sonic Mega 8K
Phrozen has written a piece of 3D history with the Sonic Mega 8K. Never before has a manufacturer succeeded in achieving such an accurate structural resolution of 43 microns in such a large installation space. However, the Sonic Mega 8K can do a lot more. The all-metal construction provides saddle-tight stability. In addition, only a short exposure time per layer of around one to two seconds is required. Pleasant: All build plates of this printer are factory calibrated. At home, this only needs to be placed, connected and used.
- Name: Phrozen
- Manufacturer: Sonic Mega 8K
- Installation space (L x W x H in mm): 330 x 185 x 400
- Maximum print resolution (microns):
- Features: 8K display 43 micron precision, Monochrome LCD display.
- Advantages: high resolution, full metal build-up, short exposure time per layer (1-2 seconds)
- Disadvantages: high price
Criteria for choosing a great 3D printer
When choosing a great 3D printer, you should evaluate several criteria in your purchase decision. In the following, we would like to present these in more detail and show you what you should definitely pay attention to.
In all likelihood, you've set yourself a certain budget for the purchase of your 3D printer. The good news is that large 3D printers are also available for pretty much any budget. However, you should definitely check the performance values of the device. This way you make sure you get the maximum performance for your budget. Of course, you should pay particular attention to the criteria that are especially important to you – such as a high printing speed or the materials used in the construction of the printer.
Simplicity of use
For all newcomers to 3D printing, it is a must that the printer is easy to operate and use. This refers to several things at once. For one thing, you should be able to use the printer's menu easily. It is therefore helpful, for example, if the software is offered in German. In addition to this, you should make sure that the material can be easily inserted into the printer. It is also important to check the calibration. You should have to calibrate as little as possible yourself, as this always means a certain risk of error.
Inherently high print bed adhesion
In any case, your 3D printer should offer high print bed adhesion. Only if this is present do you have any chance at all of achieving respectable prints. Of course, the first layer in particular is of special importance. If this does not hold, the other layers will not print successfully either.
Our additional tip: Make sure you get the best coated and removable heating bed. This way you make sure that you can separate the individual objects from the print as easily as possible after printing.
Quick and easy calibration
Calibration is one of the most important steps in printing 3D works. Especially for beginners, however, this can be a real challenge. The problem: After some time, frustration might set in if the calibration does not work out as desired. This is exactly why we advise you to go for a printer with auto-bed leveling. With automatic print bed calibration, you don't have to make any settings manually, which significantly minimizes the risk for errors.
Heating bed available
Even if you don't want to invest quite as much money in your big 3D printer, make sure you have a heating bed available. If this is present, the temperature additionally plays an important speed. Make sure that you can heat the heating bed to at least 100°C. Otherwise, there could be problems when processing individual materials.
A 3D printer with a large installation space in particular must be able to demonstrate special stability. The vibrations during the printing process quickly affect the actual printing. If the printer is not stable enough, you will hardly be able to achieve an appealing quality with your prints. That's why it's even more important to make sure you have a solid frame and sturdy materials.
Who are such large 3D printers actually suitable for?
Many people associate large 3D printers primarily with applications in industry. This is certainly true, but it is by no means the only area of application. Even individuals or small businesses can make many useful things with a large build volume 3D printer. For example, if you want to print something larger for your home, a traditional printer with a small footprint will quickly reach its limits. But companies can also use these prints to produce patterns in large sizes, for example. Likewise, the large 3D printers are suitable for teaching institutes, universities or schools, among others.
Conclusion: Almost limitless printing fun
A 3D printer with a large build volume is not only a visually cool thing, but also really useful. Technology has developed in an impressive way in this area. Although they are large devices and prints, the printers can now ensure strong quality. The speed has also been increased significantly, which makes using the large devices a bit more interesting. In addition, prices have fallen noticeably in many cases. Even for a large printer, you don't necessarily have to dig deep into your pocket.
Frequently asked questions about 3D printers for modeling enthusiasts
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