As the choice of 3D printing technologies and materials continues to broaden, comparing and selecting machines becomes harder and harder for industrial players. Choosing the wrong printer can lead to unnecessary downtime and costs that most businesses cannot afford. To address this challenge, CEL-UK has released a new, comprehensive e-guide that helps those buying 3D-printing equipment make an informed decision over their investment. Focusing on FFF/FDM (Fused Filament Fabrication/Fused Deposition Modelling), the guide sets out to help design engineers and other professionals across prototyping and manufacturing select the materials and technology features that are best suited for their business needs.
“Not all 3D printers are the same and, while the basic specification for print quality may be similar from model to model, additional features can make a world of difference, which is why making the right choice is so important,” commented Chris Elsworthy, CEL’s MD and Lead Mechanical Engineer and author of the guide. “FFF/FDM is proving one of the most popular and versatile 3D printing technologies, offering one of the broadest ranges of materials and features on the market. We want make the selection process easier for engineers and professionals who may not necessarily be very familiar with this technology so that they are better equipped to make the right choice.”
The guide begins by outlining and comparing all the leading 3D printing technologies currently available on the market. It then focuses on FFF/FDM guiding the reader through the different materials that are commonly used on this type of printer so that they can identify the ones that meet their printing needs.
But selecting the right 3D printer isn’t just about choosing the most appropriate technology and materials for the application. There are many other key factors to consider when comparing 3D printers from hardware cost through to speed and size. CEL’s guide talks the reader through each of them so that they have all the information and tools they need to select a machine that is entirely fit for purpose.
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