3D printing is rapidly increasing in importance for industry appliances like prototyping or as an additive production process, thus also getting more relevant in education. But 3D printers also offer many unique advantages for use in class. They can be utilized in many subjects at school, promote essential capabilities and are highly involving for students.
PHYWE offers a hand-picked selection of devices for STEM education and vocational schools. The Snapmaker 3-in-1 for example stands out because of its versatility. Other criteria are print speed, precision and usability.
Also important for education purposes is whether there are printing templates freely available online that are are ready-to-use and can be applied without additional effort by the teacher. This is the case for all 3D printers in PHYWE's product range. The best print material for schools are filaments made of polylactate (PLA) because it is easy to use and a biodegradable biopolymer free of contaminants and heavy metals. See below for available colours at PHYWE.
Comparison of available 3d printers
|Simo 3D Mini 2||Panospace One||fischertechnik 3D-Printer||Snapmaker 3-in-1||Witbox 2||Dobot Magician|
|"The Handworker"||"The Fast One"||"The Tinkerer"||"The Multifunctional"||"The Professional"||"The Allrounder"|
|Use||To create delicate objects. Four different functions. Ideal for first-time contact with 3D printing||Easy handling, results in a short time||Learn how to build a 3D printer||Versatile, precise printing. Incl. additional laser engraving and CNC carving module||Professional 3D printing (with auto-calibration of the print bed). Fast printing of large models||Multifunctional robotic arm for 3D printing, writing and drawing to simulate industrial processes|
|Calibration (nozzle)||not necessary||semi-automatic||manuell||semi-automatic||automatic||semi-automatic|
|Volume (mm) - 3D print product||open-end||150 x 150 x 150||115 x 100 x 65||125 x 125 x 125||290 x 210 x 200||150 x 150 x 150|
|Min. layer resolution (mm)||-||0.25||0.2||0.05||0.02||0.1|
|Print travel speed||-||150 mm/s||37 mm/s||100 mm/s||200 mm/s||50 mm/s|
|Nozzle diameter (mm)||0.4||0.4||0.5||0.4||0.4||0.4|
|Supported material||PLA 1.75 mm||PLA 1.75 mm||PLA 1.75 mm||PLA 1,75 mm, other material||PLA 1.75 mm, other material||PLA|
|File transfer||USB||SD-card, USB||USB||SD-card, USB||SD-card, USB||USB, WiFi|
|Set-up||pen||complete setup||do-it-yourself construction (890 parts)||modular setup (only few parts)||complete setup||complete setup|
|Additional functions||Cutting, soldering, burning||-||-||CNC carving, laser engraving||-||Gripping, vaccum pump, drawing|
|Size (mm)||230 mm x 155 mm x 60 mm||407 x 288 x 333||465 x 390 x 160||335 x 298 x 272||508 x 393 x 461||330 x 325 x 410|
|Weight (kg)||0.5 kg||7,8||6,3||9||31||8|
|Alternative, lower-cost model available||x||x||x||SNP-3D (2-in-1 version)||x||ALL-146575 (without WiFi and joystick)|
|Price (excl. VAT)||€124.66||€706.10||599||€861.35||€1,643.35||€1,838.85
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