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The Basis: 3D Pens

Free and sim­ple 3‑dimensional con­tent design

3D pens are com­bin­able with oth­er tech­niques of art and enable the cre­ation of new forms, which are either inte­grat­ed or sep­a­rate inde­pen­dent works.

Recommended 3D Printers

High expectations for devices due to the complexity of most creative ideas

Our Favourite: Inexpensive and Dual-Extruder

The Flash­forge Dream­er scores an unbeat­able price for a rel­a­tive­ly high func­tion­al­i­ty. Although the print­ing vol­ume is restric­tive for a per­fect art expe­ri­ence with a print­ing vol­ume of 23x15x14cm. The tech­ni­cal equip­ment with two print heads ensures the pos­si­bil­i­ty of print­ing com­plex struc­tures with bet­ter qual­i­ty results. This works by two dif­fer­ent mate­ri­als, one of which is water-sol­u­ble. As a result, bars sup­port the blan­kets of cav­i­ties dur­ing print­ing with­out caus­ing time-con­sum­ing post-pro­cess­ing oper­a­tions. The water-sol­u­ble mate­r­i­al is easy to remove and only the intend­ed mate­r­i­al remains.

The sec­ond print head can also be used for two dif­fer­ent col­ors or mate­r­i­al types, which lim­its the com­plex­i­ty of the struc­tures with­out water-sol­u­ble sup­port func­tions.

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Large print volume for great ideas

The  Maker­bot Repli­ca­tor Z18 is the ide­al device for larg­er designs and works with a print vol­ume of 30 x 30.5 x 45.7 cm. This makes the 3D print­er ide­al for the design of e.g. fur­ni­ture. Although the com­plete object can not always be print­ed in such print­ers, the amount of small parts required com­pared to the Dream­er on the left is small­er. For exam­ple, the legs, seat and back of a chair can be print­ed and assem­bled sep­a­rate­ly.

The 3D print­er does not con­tain two print heads, which does not enable mul­ti­ple mate­ri­als or water-sol­u­ble sup­port mate­ri­als. In addi­tion, Maker­bot requires a strong price in the almost 5‑digit range, which makes the device more suit­able for artists and acad­e­mies with an exist­ing expe­ri­ence or a large bud­get. Com­pared to oth­er indus­tri­al devices the Maker­bot Z18 is very cheap, but to 3D print­ers from the con­sumer area it is very expen­sive. The lat­ter are gen­er­al­ly suf­fi­cient for the entry of art schools into the tech­nol­o­gy.

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