When it comes to 3D printing, you need to think about economies of scale. As our white paper explains, it isn’t just your output-to-cost ratio that matters, but also the physical scale of the printer and size of production. The size of 3D printer you need to prototype, produce small bespoke runs or test ideas will largely depend on your space and budget constraints. If keeping footprint and cost down are what’s keeping you awake at night, then a small 3D printer is for you.
As little as five years ago the 3D printer market was in its infancy, despite the technology having been around for decades. The printers were big while technology and materials available were limited. The entire industry seemed a strict geek-only area of interest, with a slight flutter of fascination from the general public.
Today 3D printing has evolved, and the technologies and materials haven’t just moved on, they’ve leapt forward. Now it makes sense to own a 3D printer. You don’t need to be an engineer or someone who likes a good tinker with the hardware; today you can buy a fully formed and usable tool.