|Ultimaker 2 Extended||Formlabs Form 1+|
|FDM - Fused Deposition Modeling||SLA - Stereolithography|
|20 microns||25 Microns|
|9" x 9" x 12"||~5″ x 5″ x 7″|
|Single||N/A (Uses UV light)|
|GET IT ON AMAZON||GET IT ON AMAZON|
Ultimaker 2 Extended OverviewUltimaker became a big hit among 3D printing enthusiasts with the release of their original Ultimaker, and now they are winning awards with their newest upgrade to the Ultimaker 2, the Ultimaker 2 Extended.
With the ability to hit print resolutions of up to 20 microns, the Ultimaker 2 Extended is definitely one of the most accurate FDM printers on the market.
The printer has been so coveted since its September 2013 release, that it has been named MAKE magazine’s “best open-architecture 3D printer of 2014.”
And, with the extra print area in the Extended version, the Ultimaker 2 is one of the more coveted high-end FDM 3D printers around.
And if you’re looking for something in the $2,000-$3,000 range, it is definitely one of the best options.
In the end, you can’t go wrong with an Ultimaker 2 even considering that the other options available in its class are great choices as well.
Formlabs Form 1+
One of the most popular machines among all consumer-level 3D printers, the Formlabs Form 1+ is easily one of the most desired 3D printers among 3D printing enthusiasts and hobbyists.
Don’t let that small build size fool you, the Form 1+ is a completely different technology than the rest of the 3D printers on this list.
Using SLA technology, the Form 1+ prints with liquid photopolymer resin instead of PLA or ABS plastic. Unlike FDM printers, SLA printers print full layers at a time and are cured by a UV light pattern generator.
SLA technology enables you to hit incredibly detailed and clean looking prints. These are the kind of printers that the professionals use and we’re fortunate to see Formlabs break the mold and bring us an SLA printer under $5,000.
Ultimately, though, only a few will be able to justify purchasing the Form 1+, as not only is the printer expensive, but the cost to operate it (resin and maintenance costs) is incredibly high as well.