As with any new device, it is difficult to say how quickly the investment will pay off. Printers are available from 200€ (hobby printer) to 1 million Euro. However, there is a wide range of printers in the medium price segment (3,500€ to 100,000€), which are suitable for small and medium-sized companies with production requirements. Here we have put together some information about the different types of printers:
3D printers for hobbyists are usually between 200 and 3000 euros. They are a great option for those who want to print toys and occasional prototypes or spare parts. Users have access to a limited print bed size and a limited choice of materials.
These printers are used by companies that need larger, high quality parts that hobby printers cannot produce. Printers in the professional category cost between 3,000 and 15,000 euros.
Industrial printers are often able to produce high quality parts in a relatively short time. However, these printers are more expensive than hobby or professional printers. Typically, industrial printers cost between 15,000 and 150,000 euros.
These printers are much larger than all other printers and require a lot of space and knowledge to operate. They usually cost between 150,000 and 1 million euros or more.