3D Printer Price
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How much does a 3D printer cost?
There’s a big price difference between industrial 3D printers and 3D printers for at home use. R&D, build volume, parts & assembly and service are all factors that play a role. In short, the price range of industrial 3D printers goes from $5,000 to $1,000,000 and desktop 3D printers tend to be below the $5,000 mark.
1) Research & Development / Patents. It can take years of groundwork and engineering before a machine is a stable, high quality 3D printer. Engineering costs and patents play a huge role in the machine’s price.
2) Build volume. There are a few exceptions but generally speaking, large scale 3D printers with a print size starting at 1000 mm of the x, y or z-axis are the most expensive.
3) Parts & assembly. When a manufacturer uses high quality parts, this will of course affect the price of the end product. Assembly type also plays a role. In general it’s cheaper and more efficient to ship just parts compared to a fully assembled 3D printer. This can be in the form of a diy kit or a semi-assembled 3D printer.
4) Service & warranty. And this brings us to the last point that determines the 3D printer price, service. Often the cheapest 3D printers come from manufacturers that hardly give any service and only a short warranty.
There’s a good chance you will need some form of support when you buy a 3D printer. In case you’ve bought one from an established brand you will have the reassurance that there’s always customer service to back you up. Also, when something breaks, you’ll be glad you chose a product with warranty.
Some industrial 3D printer manufacturers offer a Service Level Agreement. This means you pay a fixed fee per month or per year and in return you’ll get free upgrades & replacement parts.