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What is the difference between an industrial 3D printer and a desktop 3D printer?

2020-11-11
I'm sure we'll be hearing these two terms a lot, industrial 3D printers and desktop 3D printers. Although they are both printers, they specialize in different areas. Today, let's briefly talk about their differences.

What's the difference between an industrial 3D printer and a desktop 3D printer?

The scope of the application is different

Industrial 3D printers are more widely used in many industries, such as aerospace, automotive, medical, electronics, and so on. For example, certain companies' industrial-grade 3D printers have already been more maturely used, and their 3D printed headphones and dental products can be mass-produced.

Desktop-grade 3D printers, on the other hand, are typically used to print smaller objects and have been used in the past in industries such as industrial design, education, animation, archaeology, and lighting. Today, many desktop 3D printers have also been extended to the dental industry, where they are used in the digital dental production process as part of a digital healthcare model to assist in the printing of desired products.

In the case of orthodontic dental implant surgery guides, simulated gums and other such dental products, doctors are able to rely on desktop 3D printers to print the required dental products directly at the chairside, which can greatly reduce the patient's visit time. I understand that some desktop 3D printers are able to provide a better patient experience with a one-hour immediate treatment, immediate implant and immediate restoration experience.

Mass-produced volumes vary

Desktop 3D printers, which will be more personalized and highly customized, like those used in dentistry, are mainly used for chairside small batch production. The industrial 3D printers are mostly used in industrial mass production. For example, the production of 3D printed headphones, with industrial 3D printers, can quickly print dozens of headphones with a sense of design and comfortable curvature of the shell, in terms of speed and precision, will generally be better than the traditionally produced headphones.

From the above two aspects, there are still differences between industrial 3D printers and desktop 3D printers. Nowadays, industrial 3D printers have been used in many industries and are suitable for high volume production, while desktop 3D printers, on the other hand, are more focused on small batch production for personalized customization.