It is always nice to see a side by side comparison of the different consumer 3D printers currently on the market. This is definitely not a complete list of what is available, but it represents some popular models across a variety of technologies and price ranges.
||MakerBot Replicator 2
||The Form 1
||Plastic Jet Printing
||Fused Filament Fabrication
|Print Resolution (microns)
||ABS & PLA
||$48 (1 kg)
||Cube software that creates .CUBE files
||MakerWare software that supports .stl, .obj, .thing
||PreForm software that supports .stl
*Refers to the layer. Other details are printed at 300 microns
Don’t know what some of the terms are, such as Stereolithography or ABS, that are mentioned in this post? Check back in a few days for a description of important 3D printing terminology.
SOURCE: Cubify, MakerBot, Formlabs