Overview of high-temperature 3D printers with Formnext 2017

We continue to publish materials on the results of the Formnext 2017 exhibition held in Frankfurt am Main. For a general overview of the new products, read here . Today we note a significant increase in the number of 3D printers for working with high-temperature engineering plastics since last year, starting with polycarbonate and then to polyamides, Ultem, PEEK, PPSU and composites based on them.

These materials are used in the aerospace industry, chemical industry, medicine - where such properties as low weight, resistance to high temperatures, mechanical strength, chemical inertness, biocompatibility are in demand. We wrote more about engineering filaments and their application here.

Differences industrial 3D printers

To work with engineering plastics, the printer must have a high-temperature extruder. Here there are two classes of equipment. Junior - up to 300 ° C, this is enough for modifications of ABS, polycarbonate and polyamides. The oldest is above 300 ° C. For PEEK or Ultem you need about 400.

Extruder is not all. A heated platform or vacuum table is imperative to hold the part in place. And the printing should take place in a working chamber isolated from the outside world, with the support of the set temperature. Failure to comply with the regime leads to deformation or violation of the integrity of the printed object.

So, consider the samples seen.


The Chinese manufacturer offers four models of 3D printers. Basic Funmat and Funmat Pro work with familiar plastics, from PLA to nylon, and composites. Funmat HT and Funmat Pro HT are already able to print from PEEK, Ultem and PPSU.


Compact printers with a closed working chamber, for the HT version it is equipped with heating, the maximum temperature is 90 ° C.


Industrial printers for printing large parts with high-temperature plastics, equipped with a heated working chamber.


One of the leading companies for the production of high-temperature 3D-printers, we wrote about it in more detail here . Offers three printers for working with engineering filaments. Roboze One - the base model, for ordinary plastics - from PLA, to polyamide inclusive. Roboze One +400 - with a high-temperature extruder, Roboze Argo 500 - large installation, with a working chamber of 500 x 500 x 500 mm. Printers Roboze interesting rejection of the drive belts and use to move the print head transfer gear-gear.

Roboze One +400

The printer is designed with an emphasis on reliability, all parts of the extruder are made of metal.

Roboze Argo 500

In the older model, the Roboze has a vacuum table to hold the part. Filament compartments are heated. When one coil ends, the unit automatically switches to the next.


Polish manufacturer, whose product range includes high-temperature medical printers and five-axis 3D printing presses.


A medical-oriented printer with an anti-bacterial coating of the working chamber and an integrated UV sterilizer sterilizing each layer during printing. The main purpose is to print implants and accessories for surgical operations.

VSHAPER 5-Axis Machine

Five-axis design allows you to print complex shapes without support. The ability to print one model with several materials with different properties allows you to create complex parts, for example, with an internal core of a more durable material, or with a coating or inserts of flexible. For convenience of printing, the platform is also optimized with different materials - it is divided into cells, which can be used to set different heating temperatures.

The printer is already available for pre-order, and shipments will begin, according to the manufacturer, from January 2019.


The printer can be equipped with one of three printing modules. Standard - up to 265 C, medium - up to 350 C, high-temperature - up to 500 ˚C. Printed modules - with two hotandami, for the main and auxiliary materials. Among other interesting features, we note the pre-heating of plastic and the coil mass sensor.

Apium Additive Technologies GmbH is a German company that manufactures small printers for working with high-temperature filaments such as PEEK, Ultem and PPSU, as well as composites. Apium is translated from Latin as “celery”. For products claimed to support printing metal-filled filaments for further baking.

Apium P155

Desktop high temperature printer with a small printing area. It is the heir to Indmatec HPP 155. Apium offers a slightly larger model - the P220 , with a printed area of ​​200 x 160 x 160 mm.


The German manufacturer offers one high-temperature printer, with a very serious margin on the heating temperature of the printing platform and the working chamber.


Prints with all common engineering plastics, equipped with two extruders. The possibility of installing a spindle for machining parts.

MiniFactory Innovator 2

Finnish two-extruder printer, manufacturer focuses on PEEK printing. Other engineering plastics such as ABS, polycarbonate or Ultem are also supported.

Omni3D Factory 2.0

An industrial printer from Poland is equipped with two extruders and can print large-sized parts made from ABS, polycarbonate, polyamide and composites based on them.

DynamicalTools DT600

The Spanish printer with two independent print heads, besides the usual printing, supports the modes of printing two identical or mirror details simultaneously. Works with all high-temperature filaments up to PEEK, Ultem, PPSU. Equipped with plastic heating systems and automatic change coils.


Austrian industrial apparatus supporting work with most engineering filaments and composites. Heated working chamber, three-zone heating table.


The company offers a complex of equipment for the manufacture of metal objects. At the first stage, the part is printed on a 3D printer, on the second - it is placed in a furnace where the bonding plastic burns out and the metal filler is sintered.

AIM3D ExAM 255

The printer does not work with the filament, but with the granules. This allows the use of raw materials for FDM printing, which are commonly used in MIM, Metal Injection Molding installations. You can also print with plastic granules; this is usually cheaper than using a filament.


A furnace for high-temperature sintering of parts printed on AIM3D ExAM 255 in an inert gas atmosphere.

How to purchase an industrial 3D printer

Are you choosing an industrial 3D printer? Top 3D Shop is the official representative of most of the manufacturers mentioned in the review, we are ready for equipment delivery, commissioning, training and maintenance.

We made a comparative table for these machines, with technical nuances - temperature of printing and camera, materials used, number of extruders and estimated cost.

Prices for 3D printers that print with high-temperature plastics, like industrial equipment, often depend on a very flexible pricing policy of the manufacturer.
The price may vary from delivery to delivery, depending on many factors, and some manufacturers are categorically opposed to the publication of final prices in the public domain, because we do not specify prices in the article, and provide a table on request.

For detailed information and assistance in choosing an industrial high-temperature 3D printer, please contact Top 3D Shop specialists.

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Source: https://habr.com/ru/post/409615/

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