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The Difference Between Desktop and Industrial 3D Printers

As additive manufacturing technology continues to mature, a wide range of 3D printing equipment has emerged to meet diverse application needs. Among these, desktop and industrial 3D printers have become particularly prominent, catering to different user groups and scenarios. However, the distinction between these two categories goes beyond mere differences in size and model. Let's delve deeper into the key differences between desktop and industrial 3D printers.


Conceptual Distinction

The fundamental distinction between desktop and industrial 3D printers lies in their design and intended use. Desktop 3D printers are compact devices that can easily fit on an office desk. However, not all small-sized printers fall into this category. For instance, the Martrix series and EvoDent E-series from UnionTech are compact but are designed for professional use in research and medical applications, incorporating high-end components and advanced technology. These professional 3D printers are distinct from typical desktop models.


EvoDent E-Series

Industrial 3D printers, on the other hand, are larger and more robust machines designed for mass production. They are typically installed in factories or workshops, such as UnionTech's RSPro and Muees series, to meet the demands of large-scale manufacturing.


UnionTech RSPro Series

Performance Distinction

Beyond basic definitions, desktop and industrial 3D printers also differ significantly in performance. Let's examine the key differences using UnionTech's Muees310 industrial 3D printer as an example.


UnionTech Metal Muees310 System

3D Printing Technology: Desktop 3D printers generally employ LCD surface exposure technology, while industrial printers utilize a variety of advanced technologies. For instance, the Muees310 uses SLM ( Selective Laser Melting ) technology, and the RSPro series uses SLA ( Stereolithography ) technology. These technological differences result in distinct molding methods.

Build Volume: Desktop 3D printers support smaller molding sizes, making them suitable for personalized. In contrast, industrial 3D printers are designed for mass production, accommodating larger chamber to meet the needs of B2B enterprises.

Printing Accuracy: Desktop 3D printers typically offer lower printing accuracy due to their cost-effective components and less advanced technology. In comparison, professional 3D printers like EvoDent E-series, though small, are equipped with advanced features such as 24/7 intelligent control, multiple anti-aliasing functions, and high light intensity uniformity, resulting in superior print quality. Industrial printers like the Muees310, with high-power lasers and precise energy density control, deliver exceptional accuracy and quality that desktop models cannot match.

Application Distinction

Application Scenarios: Desktop 3D printers are ideal for customized in offices and personal studios. Industrial 3D printers, however, are better suited for environments requiring high printing accuracy and speed, such as large factories and prototype manufacturers.

Application Industries: Due to their limited printing size, desktop 3D printers are constrained in their industrial applications. In contrast, industrial 3D printers can handle large-size prints and one-piece printing, making them versatile tools in industries such as cultural and creative arts, medical, automotive, dentistry, and investment casting.

Metal Parts 3D Printed by UnionTech

In summary, industrial-grade 3D printers possess professional capabilities that desktop models cannot match. For consumers with lower accuracy requirements and limited budgets, desktop 3D printers offer a practical solution. Therefore, when choosing a 3D printer, it is essential to consider your specific needs and application scenarios.

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