|Zortrax M200||Formlabs Form 1+|
|FDM - Fused Deposition Modeling||SLA - Stereolithography|
|90 microns||25 Microns|
|~8″ x 8″ x 7″||~5″ x 5″ x 7″|
|Single||N/A (Uses UV light)|
|GET IT ON AMAZON||GET IT ON AMAZON|
Zortrax M200 OverviewAt just under $2,000 the Zortrax M200 is perhaps one of the best FDM 3D printers on the market.
In their latest trend report, 3D Hubs shows the Zortrax M200 ranking second, right behind the FormLabs Form 1+.
Furthermore, the Zortrax M200 has an 8.9 user rating on 3D Hubs which is better than other FDM powerhouses like the LulzBot Taz 5.
The Zortrax wins in every category you’d judge a 3D printer in… it can hit very high quality prints, it is incredibly user-friendly, it’s reliable, it comes working right out of the box, and it has a good print volume.
Ultimately, the Zortrax M200 has a large print bed, is very reliable (as far as reliability can go with 3D printers) and is capable of producing high-quality prints.
If you’re willing to spend ~$2,000, the choice comes down to either the M200 or the MakerGear M2. And, you might as well flip a coin there, because both of those printers are phenomenal.
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.