Depending on the needs of the print volume the cost of a massive 3D printer can vary from $4,000 up to $350,000 or more. There is no ceiling to the cost. There are even 3D printers large enough to print a house. The term Large is also relative so just look for a 3D printer that is large enough for your application.
This is a list and comparison of massive 3D printers there is honestly not a great selection of 3D printers larger than 500mm and also the available selection is generally extremely expensive.
What Is The Maximum Size Of A 3D Printer?
Like most machines the maximum size is limitless. If you have unlimited money to throw at a 3D printer you could make one as large as a warehouse. Most 3D printers have a build volume around 250mm x 250mm x 300mm if you need a
Why Do You Need A Massive 3D Printer?
Most home printers or hobbyists don’t need a printer this size. So if you are asking the question “Why do I need this?” you probably dont need it. I am sure there are a ton of fun things you could make with a 3D printer but for the most part it probably isnt worth the money unless you have a specific application in mind.
A large 3D FDM printer is best used for prototyping, fixtures, and design verification. If you are needing to make large industrial prototypes then 3D printing is a great option. 3D printing can create complex shapes that would otherwise require wire EDM.
Best Large Volume FDM Printers.
Modix BIG-60 V3
600 x 600 x 660 mm
Honestly, for the price, this is an incredible value. Unless you were to build the 3D printer yourself you would not be able to get such a large build volume. Modix is a well-trusted brand and has serviced many of the largest aerospace companies in the world.
I have worked in machine shops for nearly 10 years and I can honestly say that probably less than 10% of parts that I have seen manufactured that would not fit in this machine volume.
There is so much that you can do with a machine of this volume and I think that any manufacturer would be
1,200 x 600 x 640 mm
This is basically the exact same machine as the Modix BIG-60 V3 but the width in the X-axis is 3 times as long. I am itching to get my hands on a bigger industrial printer. I am in the process of trying to convince the owner of the company I work at to purchase a large industrial printer.
1,010 x 1,010 x 1,010 mm
I love the unlimited possibilities of 3D printing and with an even larger machine it almost opens up a new world of manufacturing prototypes.
I can also see an amazing usage for this particular printer in the cosplay/statue creating. You could easily print out a full chest plate or full-sized masks and swords. I think this would be so amazing and you could probably make your money back so quickly just by finding people who want cosplay 3D prints.
BigRep STUDIO G2
1,000 x 1,000 x 1,000 mm
This is an industrial machine. The BigRep Studio G2 is definitely not designed or intended for the hobbyist or to be used as a home printer. This is a decked-out machine with all the bells and whistles. This is a great printer for a printing mill that needs maybe one or two larger machines to fill the niche orders that you cant do on a typical desktop printer.
This machine is likely out of reach for most people, unfortunately. Don’t waste your money on an industrial printer like this if you are a hobbyist or an at-home printer. This printer is designed for people who are making a business out of printing and can justify the cost.
What Is A Good Size For A 3D Printer?
A good size for a 3D printer is around 200 x 200 x 250 mm (7.8 x 7.8 x 9.8 in). This is a very common size for most desktop 3D printers that should cover most applications. 3D printers come in all shapes and sizes so the size of the machine depends on your application.
What Is The Largest 3D Printer Availible?
The largest 3D printer on the market is the Modix MAMA which has a build volume of 2 x 5 x 1 meters. This is 78.7 x 196.8 x 39.4 inches. There are other large 3D printers on the market but the Modix MAMA is by far the largest commercially availible 3D printer.