3D printing is becoming more and more popular and nowadays many companies use 3D printing to create products. It gives companies the possibility to build prototypes and end-user parts easily and save a lot of time, as they’re not dependent on a third party. Another benefit is the possibility to make quick adjustments to the prototype. When 3D printing is used professionally, a larger print volume is often desired. But what are the actual advantages of having a larger print volume?

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3D print of an impeller – Impulse BV.

Printing the 3D model in one piece.
Firstly, a larger volume gives the ability to print the 3D model in one piece. When a model is printed with a smaller printing volume, the separate parts often need to be assembled after printing. This costs more time. Secondly, with a smaller print volume, you are dependent on a fixed scale. For example, an architect would like to show a maquette in a larger scale to show the details. The more you decrease the scale, the more details you lose. That’s why a larger print volume is often preferred in the architecture and medical industry.

Producing in the same batch
In addition, it provides the opportunity to produce multiple products in the same batch. If the aim is to produce in series, a print bed of 30×30 cm is more suitable than a print bed of 20×20 cm. Producing the same batch on a smaller print bed requires more time, because you need to start the print multiple times.

The ability to grow
Lastly, it creates the possibility to grow. At first it’s important to learn the ins and outs of 3D printing. Companies will often start printing smaller products. During the process they discover more opportunities and they start printing for different applications. A larger volume creates more possibilities to grow.

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3D print of an impeller – Impulse BV.

Please keep in mind that a lot of 3D printer manufacturers extend their building volume only in the height. This gives the possibility to build bigger 3D models, but only in the z-direction. However, building in the z-axis often results in a smaller footprint and sometimes it creates inaccuracy. For manufacturers it easier to extend their 3D printing volume in the z-axis than in the x or y-axis, because only the product moves in the z-axis. Adjusting the x or y-direction means i.a adjustments in the print head, wiring and you have to deal with overhang issues.

However, in the professional market we noticed a demand for 3D printers with a larger 3D  printing volume in the x-axis as well as in the y-axis. We take user-suggestions seriously and that’s why we incorporated this suggestion into our development process from the beginning. That’s how the dddrop 3D printers with a building volume of 330x310x305 mm emerged. This size allows users to produce prototypes and end-user parts in one, print many parts in the same batch or use the 3D printer for more applications. For more information please visit our specific product page: dddrop 3D printers.