3D Printers are found in virtually every industry and most levels of education today. In just a few short years, evolving technologies have enabled 3D printing to advance from simple plastic toys to functional mechanical parts and finished products.
Learning Labs has been supplying 3D printers to education since they first became commercially available, and through the years we have formed relationships with several leading 3D Printer manufacturers whose offerings span a wide variety of levels and applications. As a result, we can provide the right machine for the job:
Small, Safe, and Inexpensive 3D Printers
While these 3D printers are perfect for elementary and middle school STEAM Projects, their print quality and reliability are still amazing.
Tiertime builds a line of great quality 3D printers at reasonable prices starting below $800. Entry-level Tiertime printers use PLA and ABS filament to print colorful designs. With supervision, these 3D printers can be used in elementary classrooms as well as middle school Maker Labs and entry-level Engineering programs (STEM).
Larger, More Sophisticated 3D Printers
Formlabs 3D printers employ a process called Stereolithography where they use a laser to solidify parts from specialized resins. The process yields remarkable results, and the variety of resins facilitates many applications.
Snapmaker machines fit this category mostly because of their unique 3-in-1 design. Not only can the Snapmaker 3D print with PLA and ABS filament, it can also be converted into a laser engraver/cutter and a CNC router/carver.
Tiertime's advanced 3D Printer lineup features a model (UP X5) that can print continuously for low-volume production. Another model (UP 600) can print objects up to 15.7 inches wide by 23.6 inches tall by 19.7 inches deep with a liquid volume of more than 31 US gallons. These 3D printers offer great print quality and versatility for middle school, high school, and post secondary STEM, Engineering, and Maker Labs.
High-End 3D Printers
These machines are capable of printing functional parts using specialized filaments or resins. This level of 3D printer is applicable for secondary and post-secondary Engineering, Maker, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Automotive Labs, and more...
Markforged Onyx Series By reinforcing parts with composite fiber while 3D printing them, The Mark Two (Onyx) achieves unparalleled strength, stiffness and durability in its printed parts. Markforged Onyx 3D Printers can print with media composed of Nylon, Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, and Kevlar resulting in near-metal strength.
Formlabs incorporates Stereolithography and specialized resins that assume certain properties when exposed to a laser beam. The resins vary from soft elastic to rigid (which can be polished). These features make Formlabs' printers a perfect fit for many applications. For instance, the Form 3B+ model is designed specifically for the healthcare industry, the Form 3BL is for Dental, and the Form 3L is great for industrial applications.
Industrial-Grade 3D Printers (Heavy Duty Parts)
Print functional industry-grade parts with carbon fiber, Kevlar, stainless steel, copper, etc. for Post-Secondary and University level engineering applications.
Copper, Inconel 625, H13 Tool Steel, and A2 and D2 Tool Steel.
Markforged X Series 3D Printers make tough parts - 20% stronger and 40% stiffer than ABS. Resistant to impact and a wide variety of manufacturing chemicals. These heavy-duty parts stand up to abuse.
Markforged Metal-X 3D Printers provide everything you need to go from design to fully functional metal parts in under 24 hours — the Metal X 3D print system is an end-to-end manufacturing solution. The Metal-X can print with Stainless Steel, Copper, Inconel 625, H13 Tool Steel, and A2 and D2 Tool Steel.