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This guide is aimed at decision-makers and product researchers interested in acquiring fused deposition modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing equipment. The purpose of this document is to familiarize the purchaser with important features and to calibrate end-users expectations.

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Guide to Buying a 3D Printer

What is a Desktop 3D Printer?

In a nutshell, it is a desktop factory capable of performing additive manufacturing for personal and professional use. A 3D printer creates objects out of plastic by heating up and laying down very thin layers of a material called “filament.”

In the past, if you needed a prototype, the only alternative was to use the professional services of a very high-end machine (costing $100,000’s).The costs of 3D printers has gone down in recent years, making the technology available to the masses for consumer and professional use.

3D Printers

Meet the EVO

Industrial 3D printer


We released the EVO with the tagline, “Don’t call it a 3D printer.” While the EVO is, technically, a 3D printer, its capabilities, design, and construction elevate it to a new level of desktop manufacturing. The only machine in its price class with metal printing capability, air filtration, and internal chamber heaters for printing large parts in high-temperature materials, the EVO embodies the EVOlution of 3D printing.

The EVO is the ideal solution for those looking to buy a 3D printer for demanding industrial applications.

Industrial 3D Printer Features ➔
Large 3D Printer Buying Guide


Print BIGGER. The EVO 22 offers the same industry-leading features as the EVO Additive Manufacturing Center, but has a towering 22.75-inch build height — making for a huge build volume of 3,276 cubic inches. Manufacture massive, real-scale parts using ABS, HydroFill Water-Soluble Support, polycarbonate, and over 40 other 3D-printing materials.

The EVO 22 is the ideal solution for those looking to 3D print large parts in engineering grade materials for demanding industrial applications.

Largest Industrial 3D Printer Features ➔

Meet the axiom series


Bigger. Faster. Tougher. The AXIOM 20 is designed for industrial applications and features AXIOM series technology with ruggedized steel- and aluminum-intensive construction. With its towering 20-inch Z-Axis, AXIOM 20 is the largest, most advanced desktop 3D priner in its price class.

Large Format 3D Printer ➔
dual extrusion 3d printer with direct drive


Our flagship 3D printer, AXIOM Dual Direct Drive is the culmination of years of refining our technology. Designed to produce complex parts, the AXIOM Dual features two independently controllable, high-temperature hot ends that print in over 40 different materials, including traditionally difficult-to-print materials like polycarbonate, polypropylene, TPE, and TPU. Perfect for demanding professional and consumer use.

Dual Extruder 3D Printer ➔


Named the Best Printer of 2016, the AXIOM Direct Drive is a single-head printer that features Airwolf 3D’s signature suite of features.An ideal 3D printer for prototyping, manufacturing, and more advanced personal and hobbyist use.

Voted 'Best 3D Printer' ➔
3D Printer for Automotive
Best 3D Printer for Education


Created specifically for use in schools, the AXIOMe features an enclosed build chamber with an unheated print bed for increased safety and ease-of-use. Also a great option for casual hobbyists.

3D Printer for Schools ➔

White glove Service

At Airwolf 3D, we build exceptional machines — and provide exceptional customer service to ensure your machine runs flawlessly. All new Airwolf 3D printers are backed by a 12-month parts and labor limited warranty and six months of unlimited White Glove Service Phone Support. Extended Warranty Support plans also available.

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Buy a 3D Printer That’s Right for You

Still not sure which 3D printer best fits your needs? No problem. Our experts are here to guide you every step of the way.

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