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The Top 5 Reliable 3D Printers of 2016

Makerbot Replicator+ 3D Printers

3D printing is not just a hobby or a thing people who are fascinated about it do. It has become a common thing for everyone, right from designers to small businesses. If you are looking for a printer with an exceptional build quality and high quality parts, here is a list of highly advanced 3D printers that are best suited from professional designers and business people.

1. Makerbot Replicator+

Makerbot Replicator+ is a smartly crafted and extensively tested 3D printer for faster and reliable 3D printing. The Makerbot Replicator+ comes with the Smart Extruder+ and all the standard features of its predecessor. The features includes an LCD Display, an on-board camera, as well as USB, WiFi, and Ethernet connectivity. It prints 30% faster than its predecessor and offers 25% larger build volume. It features improved and redesigned gantry and z-stage for greater reliability and precision. You can pair the Replicator+ print with the MakerBot print software and MakerBot mobile app. The Replicator+ is can be controlled remotely with the MakerBot Print or the MakerBot+ mobile app. Prints are easier to remove with the new bendable Flex Build Plate. The Build Plate is also factory-leveled. MakerBot Tough PLA Filament allows you to print durable, high-impact strength prototypes and fixtures.

2. Form 2

Form 2

Form 2 is the most advanced desktop 3D printer ever created. It has a 250mW preicison laser that is guided by custom-built galvanometers and delivers big prints with great details. Form 2 comes with a new peel structure and heated resin storage that creates a reliable print process for large, rigid parts, also with a focus on small intricate details. You can print big, solid parts with lower peel forces and reduced wear on the resin tank. The Resin Wiper improves print consistency by removing any particulates from the build area. The level sensing ensures your tank is automatically filled during printing. The Cartridge ID chip allows you to keep track of resin supplies from your dashboard. The Open Mode lets you continue to experiment with your 3rd party resins.

3. HP 3D Printer

HP 3D Printer

HP 3D Printer lets you reinvent how you prototype and product final products. With the superior quality, you can produce functional parts with extreme dimensional accuracy and optimal mechanical properties. The HP 3D Printer gives breakthrough speed up to 10 times faster with 30 million drops per second across each inch of the working area. It also has the lowest cost-per-part. The automated material mixing and loading systems help streamline your workflow and reduce labor time. The in-printer quality checks help minimize errors and enable easy and accurate job progress tracking. The HP Jet Fusion Build Unit included within the printer is moved on for cooling right after job completion and allows a continuous printing process that maximises productivity. The cost-efficient material offer industry leading reusability and optimize cost and part quality.

4. Mcor ARKe

Mcor ARKe

Mcor ARKe is world’s first full-color desktop 3D printer that frees you to realise your creative vision. Mcor ARKe has consistent, high-definition, photorealistic color that enables unique, innovative design across a wide range of professional and consumer applications. Mcor ARKe is the only 3D printer with the ICC (International Color Consortium) color map for the most accurate color in any 3D printer. There is no harmful particle emissions, toxic chemicals or special facility requirement. It uses green process and recyclable materials and its adaptive build minimizes the amount of material used. The Mcor mobile app lets you get and share designs and supervise your printer from your iOS or Android smartphone. It provides full connectivity with options to connect via WiFi, Ethernet, or USB.

5. Ono 3D Printer

OLO 3D Printer

Ono is the first ever smartphone 3D printer. With its low cost, Ono makes 3D printing accessible to everyone. It can reach an incredible 32 micron X-Y resolution and 50 micron Z resolution. Ono is small and lightweight, designed to work anywhere. Ono works with both iOS and Android and is designed to fit any phone. The printer setup is easy and the app allows anyone to use Ono. The Ono app makes sharing models easy and allows you to send 3D messages to friends. Ono resins harden under visible light. 3D objects can be created layer by layer using your smartphone’s screen as light source. Ono allows you to upgrade your printer every time you upgrade your phone.

In a Snapshot

From the list given above, you can choose the best printer that suites your needs according to the printer type, material type, print volume, speed, and quality. All these 3D printers vary wildly in the kind of features they have and they way they work.

Rajiv Patil
Rajiv is one of the founders of Nimblechapps, a web and android game development company based out of India. At Nimblechapps he overlooks delivery, product development and often lends a hand to the in house development team. His personal interest include Travel, Food and Motorcycling.
  • Label: poke it with a stick

    So Rajiv you tried the ONO printer then? This i would find strange as no one else has seen it work or tried it yet not even the kickstarter backers, so i think you might wanna do some research before you post stuff.

  • Kevin ODonovan

    How can Ono be part of a most reliable printer list??? It hasn’t even been released yet!!! All credibility of the article gone in one selection

  • DG

    This is an atrocity – please remove this article.

  • Dirk R

    1) You can’t call Makerbot reliable without addressing previous issues. It makes you sound like a shill.
    2) The Form2 may well belong on this list, so you get a pass here.
    3) From a reliability standpoint, you’re telling me HP’s first venture into that market is the most reliable? I’d like to see that backed up.
    4) Unique capabilities have nothing to do with reliability.
    5) This doesn’t even EXIST yet (if it does get released).

    One other thing: Reliable. I am not sure that word means what you think it means.

  • CharonPDX

    Um, all of the descriptions seem to be straight from each company’s marketing page.

    Per EU law, please disclose if any parts of this were paid product placement.

  • Ali

    Including a printer that hasn’t even been through commercial production and release as one of the most reliable 3D printers completely undermines the credibility of any article posted on this site. I would consider amending the word reliable and replacing it with unique or another word.