Choosing the Right 3D Printer

Choosing the right 3D printer for your project depends largely on your goals. Check out these descriptions and comparisons of our 3D printings options, or if you’re still unsure, contact us and a member of the Sears think[box] team can advise you.

3D Printing Options

Desktop FDM 3D Printers

Our Desktop FDM 3D Printers use fused deposition modeling (FDM) and polylactic acid (PLA) plastic to produce relatively simple models quickly and on a budget. Complex and/or stronger prints are possible but may involve additional design and/or experimentation to achieve.

Industrial FDM 3D Printers

Our Industrial FDM 3D Printers use the same FDM process as the desktop at a larger scale. Parts can be printed out of high-performance plastics like acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polycarbonate (PC) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Additionally, these printers use dissolvable support materials to produce complex structures with ease. For more information, read our Industrial FDM 3D Printing Guidelines.

Industrial PolyJet 3D Printers

Our Industrial PolyJet 3D Printers use a different process, combining photo-senstive resins to produce a spectrum of material properties—all in the same print! Leverage combinations of flexible, transparent and colorful materials to produce high performance, precise and sophisticated parts. For more information, read our Industrial PolyJet 3D Printing Guidelines

Characteristic Desktop Industrial FDM PolyJet
Price  $ $$ $$$$
Bring Your Own Material  Yes No No
Materials PLA ABS, PC, ABC-PC, TPU Many [see more]
think[box] Color Options 13 Colors 7 Colors  Many
Multi-Color Print No No Yes
Finest Slice Height  0.0007” (0.018 mm) 0.010” (0.254 mm)

0.001” (0.030 mm)

Finest Resolution Tolerances   ± 0.005” - ± 0.0095”
(0.127 - 0.241 mm)
 
± 0.008 inches 
(±  0.200 mm)
Adjustable Rigidity No No Yes
Glass Transition (Warping) Temperature 140-149 °F ABS - 226 °F
PC - 284 °F
ABS-PC - 257 °F
Rigid (Vero)
Flexible (Agilus)
Support Breakaway Dissolvable Dissolvable
Build Envelope 8.6” x 8.6” x 8”  ABS/TPU 
12” x 10” x 12”
PC 
16” x 14” x 16”
15.3” x 19.3” x 7.9”