Lewis and Adrian had a problem. They knew their growing design group needed to move faster to compete in an increasingly competitive market. The big question was how to do it. They had heard how 3D printing helped other companies by accelerating the design process and decided it was time to make the same leap. But which 3D printer was right for them? Like others in this situation, they started small, with a low-priced desktop 3D printer.
Does this story sound familiar? It’s not that uncommon. What’s unknown is whether their decision paid off. There’s no denying the fact that 3D printing provides real business-changing results. The less-obvious reality is that achieving those results isn’t a guarantee. It really depends on the choices you make.
The spread of 3D printing to the consumer and hobby market has commoditized the entry-level desktop printer category while providing an ever-expanding array of choices. Many of them look similar, but they don’t all provide the same results.
The reality is that 3D printers are not all created equal — even within the same category, like affordable desktop printers. How they’re conceived, designed and built is what separates the best from the worst — not price. Cost is understandably an important factor, but what you should really focus on is the value behind what you’re paying for.