Large print volume for less than <2500$
The price for 3D printer with a large build volume are not the most important factor. If the budget allows it, higher-quality 3D printers are preferable. Still, the Wanhao Duplicator S5 allows over 60cm high objects for a satisfying quality. Therefore we recommend this 3D printer above all other below in this large build volume segment.
Still, each recommendation must be seen with regards to your own needs and the context of application. A large build volume results in large sized devices which are mostly a counter-argument in private use.
The Wanhao Duplicator 5S Mini is like a basic model to his larger brother above. This means the features and equipment are very similar except the print volume which makes the difference. Both 3D Printer a large devices so that everyone to decide which size is appropriate. The width of the Mini can lead to material curvatures, which requires more attention than for high objects in the large S5.
The large print space and the enclosed housing are arguments for the CubePro Trio 3D Printer. There are only two problems since 3D Systems as the manufacturer stopped the production of their devices for the private market and only sell spare parts as well as materials. The machine has 3 printheads and can therefore theoretically use 3 colors or different materials. Still, there are a lot of negative reports as the technology does not yet seem to be mature enough and user require many skills.
The Ultimaker 2 3D printer offers a great results, fast printing and great quality. The latter can even be increased with additional sealing glasses which increases the temperature stability surrounding the print object. As an extra, you get a well developed customer service network wich a large community in Europe.
Large print volumes for more than >2500$
Besides the Replicator Z18, the Leapfrog Creatr HS XL (which we do not recommend) and the Wanhao Duplicator 5S (right next to it), there are hardly any alternatives. Simple FDM 3D printers in this size and price segment are only available in the form of kits or industrial machines. The price of the Makerbot Replicator Z18 indicates the price direction of industrial devices. Therefore, the Replicator Z18 offers higher-quality technologies than the Wanhao Duplicator 5S.
The Wanhao Duplicator models use similar specifications and mainly differ in print volume. The Wanhao Duplicator 5S 3D printer stands out with its 57.5cm in height. However, you should consider exactly whether the size is necessary, since you can also print 3D objects in separate components through smaller devices. In terms of price, you do not have to worry about a serious budget issues compared to the Makerbot Replicator Z18.
The Ultimaker 3 3D printer is one of the newest high-end devices on the market. Even though the printer is highly priced, it offers a comprehensive functionality paired with the typical Ultimaker quality. Highly recommended for all advanced users, start-ups or companies that have the budget for a Ultimaker 3. Especially as it provides a large build volume without taking up too much space.