The 9 Best Large 3D Printers for Big Scale Projects

3D printing is an extremely addictive hobby.

You start with little objects that require a few hours to complete. As you are acquainted with the intricacies of this technology and go through the learning curve, you begin to move on to more ambitious projects. Soon, you'll realize that your 3D printer can't accommodate the sort of items you want to publish.

When that happens, you can try one of two things. Upgrading your build platform is one option, but that’s a really convoluted way of fixing things.

You can’t just slap on a larger build plate and expect it to work, it takes a bit more tweaking than that, and you can’t do that with any 3D printer, especially not enclosed ones.

It’s not a solution that will work out for you in the long run. Your second option is to get a Large 3D Printer.

The 9 Best Large 3D Printers for Big Scale Projects 1

The problem with Large 3D printers is that there’s just so many of them on the market. From high-end expensive ones to cheap Chinese products, there are a plethora of Large 3D printers to choose from.

With this guide, we’ll be showing you some different aspects of Large 3D printers, which ones are good for beginners and which ones are suited for more experienced users, as well as other significant aspects of Large 3D Printers.


The X5S is a true tinkerer’s machine, suited for more experienced users. And while it is one of the cheaper large 3D printers, it comes as a DIY kit.

It requires tons of adjustments if you want to make full use of it. Unless you already know a lot about 3D printing, or you are willing to put in lots of time and effort into it, this 3D printer is not for you.


Since it’s a DIY kit, it needs to be assembled completely from scratch, and that can take up to 10 hours especially since the instruction manual that comes with it is not very good, which is, unfortunately, a common occurrence among Chinese 3D printers.

This is a budget 3D printer, so keep that in mind and do not expect to get a ton of extra's, you don't even get more than a couple of meters of printer filament with this bundle!

Tronxy X5S large 3D printer

Pen and Plastic Rating

"Great budget pick, easy to use. Does not come with a lot of filament"

Technical Specifications

RESOLUTION100-400 microns
VOLUME330x330x400mm
MAX SPEED150.00 m​m/s
FILAMENT TYPEPLA, ABS, Hips, Wood, PC, PV
DISPLAYColour LCD
CONNECTIVITYUSB
HEATED BED?Yes

This printer is equipped with an aluminum frame, making it a lot sturdier than any plastic-framed 3D printers, which is very important for printing Large 3D objects. It is also equipped with an LCD interface and a heated print bed, which is very important if you want to print high-temperature materials.

Like we mentioned before, the X5S is a DIY kit, and while it might be the cheapest option, it might not be the best option for you if you’re inexperienced in this area.

If you have some experience with 3D printers and don’t mind spending money on upgrades, you can transform the X5S into a very capable machine that brings you incredible long-term value.

Tevo Tornado


Most 3D printers that cost under $500, like the Tronxy X5S, need upgrades to produce great results and the Tevo Tornado is no exception. It has its pros and cons; it’s up to you to decide if this printer is worth the price.

You can get it pre-assembled, or you can get a DIY kit. Learning the ins and outs of 3D printers is no easy task, but if you’re willing to invest time into it, go for the DIY kit, just know that this process is time-consuming and takes up to at least 6 hours.

If you just want to get a machine and instantly start printing, go for the pre-assembled option, both options come in at under $500, so there’s not that much of a difference. 

The Tevo Tornado is open-framed and comes in an almost all-metal construction, it has a heated print bed which quickly heats up, so there’s a minimal wait time before each print. The print bed also has its control box. One downside to this printer is that it has very loud fans. 

TEVO Tornado 3D Printer

Pen and Plastic Rating

"Truly Customizable DIY kit
Auto-leveling heated bed
"

Technical Specifications

RESOLUTION100 microns
VOLUME8.9″ x 5.8″ x 5.9″
FILAMENT SIZE1.75mm
FILAMENT TYPEPLA/ABS
DISPLAYMono LCD
CONNECTIVITYUSB
HEATED BED?Yes

This printer is regarded as a cheaper alternative to the popular Creality CR-10S, and even though it lacks some of the features that the CR-10S has, it does get the job done.

Keep in mind though that, as mentioned before, being a budget printer the Tevo Tornado will need a few upgrades to bring you optimal results. 

Creality CR-10S


The Creality CR-10S is among the most popular budget 3D printers on the market and is often regarded as the second or third best 3D printer under $1,000, right behind the Prusa i3. 

The CR-10S is a better version of the CR-10, upgraded with a better mainboard, a filament sensor, and dual lead screws for stability. It is a cheap 3D Printer designed for both experienced and inexperienced users.

It comes in a semi-assembled package, and the full setup should take no more than 1 hour. The CR-10S doesn’t have any onboard controls; it has a separate control box that has an LCD interface and USB and SD card ports. 

By itself the Creality CR-10S is quite limited, you need to make a few modifications and adjustments to make the best use of it. With the right upgrades, the CR-10S can produce amazing prints. We suggest that you replace the extruder for one that can handle high-temperature printing, and replace the print bed for a higher quality one.


Creality CR-10S

Pen and Plastic Rating

"Truly Customizable DIY kit
Auto-leveling heated bed
"

Technical Specifications

RESOLUTION100 microns
VOLUME8.9″ x 5.8″ x 5.9″
FILAMENT SIZE1.75mm
FILAMENT TYPEPLA/ABS
DISPLAYMono LCD
CONNECTIVITYUSB
HEATED BED?Yes

The great part about the CR-10S and its popularity is that it has an active online community, so if you’re a beginner you should have no trouble finding the right guides on how to upgrade your printer. There are lots of guides available that will show you how to utilize the CR-10S and unlock its full potential.

The CR-10S is a very reliable 3D printer, and it gives you great long-term value for its price. It has an aluminum frame that keeps it sturdy when doing large-scale printing and it can go on printing for days with minimal to no issues.

Dremel Digilab 3D20


When it comes to Large 3D printers, you can’t go wrong with the LulzBot TAZ6; it’s the best printer for its price, equipped with features and specifications that other 3D printers lack.

The quality of the TAZ6 is outstanding, and its sturdy aluminum frame keeps it stable during prints.

The TAZ6 comes mostly assembled, and most of its crucial parts are tightly secured in place. The software installation and bed calibration are pretty easy and straightforward and thanks to its incredibly comprehensive and detailed instruction manual, it should take no more than one hour to set up the TAZ6.

The LulzBot TAZ6 is capable of producing decent results even in its default settings; however, with the proper upgrades, you can turn the TAZ6 into an incredible printer that can produce some amazing prints.

Dremel Digilab 3D20 Large Printer

Pen and Plastic Rating

"Truly Customizable DIY kit
Auto-leveling heated bed
"

Technical Specifications

RESOLUTION100 microns
VOLUME8.9″ x 5.8″ x 5.9″
FILAMENT SIZE1.75mm
FILAMENT TYPEPLA/ABS
DISPLAYMono LCD
CONNECTIVITYUSB
HEATED BED?Yes

Additionally, the TAZ6 prints with different materials, including high-temperature materials such as ABS.

The TAZ6 is one of the best Large 3D printers. It’s an easy to use Open source 3D printer that requires very little maintenance after every print. It has the stability to handle subsequent high-speed prints and the versatility to handle all sorts of different materials.

Xinkebot Orca2 Cygnus


The Xinkebot Orca2 Cygnus is like a better, high-end version of the Creality CR-10S, as all of its parts are higher-quality. It’s not as popular as the CR-10S, so there’s not much of an online community for it. It does, however, come with an actual customer support service.

The Orca2 comes in an easily-assembled package, which is especially important for beginners since the original Orca model proved too difficult to assemble.

The instruction manual for the Orca2 is not as good as it can be, but it comes in a semi-assembled package so you should have no trouble setting it up on your own.

The Orca2 Cygnus features a dual extruder setup and has automatic bed leveling making for an easy bed calibration process. It also features a touch screen interface which is located near the print bed, and the cable management is very clean.

Xinkebot Orca 2 Cygnus Large 3D Printer

Pen and Plastic Rating

"Truly Customizable DIY kit
Auto-leveling heated bed
"

Technical Specifications

RESOLUTION100 microns
VOLUME8.9″ x 5.8″ x 5.9″
FILAMENT SIZE1.75mm
FILAMENT TYPEPLA/ABS
DISPLAYMono LCD
CONNECTIVITYUSB
HEATED BED?Yes

Like the Dremel Digilab 3D20, this 3D printer has an interface at the base, giving it a more modern appearance than 3D printers equipped with the old school knob- or button-operated LCD interface. Though most users prefer the usual USB and SD card setup, BIBO has opted for the WiFi options, although you can still get the USB and SD card reader if you wish.

Equipped with dual extruders, the BIBO2 includes a heated print bed, which opens the door for a variety of plastic filaments. The build plate is detachable, allowing for easy removal of 3D models. The BIBO2 is a well-built 3D printer oozing with features. Once you’ve set it up and configured the settings, it's simple to use and produces great quality prints.

Ultimaker Extended 3


The Ultimaker Extended 3 is just that, an extended version of the Ultimaker 3, one of the best Large 3D printers designed for professionals and printing enthusiasts alike. It is a semi-enclosed fully assembled 3D printer that takes less than one hour to set up.

The Ultimaker 3 extended comes in a sturdy metal frame, it includes USB ports and an LCD interface but no SD Card slot, unlike the Ultimaker 2. It can connect to a Wi-Fi network, and it is equipped with an onboard camera for remote monitoring.

The main difference between the Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker Extended 3 is that the Ultimaker Extended 3 features a dual extruder setup in one print head. This setup allows you to print soluble supports for more complex 3D prints and also allows you to print with two colors.

However, due to the heavy load that the Ultimaker 3 carries, the print time is significantly slower than its previous models.

Ultimaker 3 Extended Large 3D Printer

Pen and Plastic Rating

"Truly Customizable DIY kit
Auto-leveling heated bed
"

Technical Specifications

RESOLUTION100 microns
VOLUME8.9″ x 5.8″ x 5.9″
FILAMENT SIZE1.75mm
FILAMENT TYPEPLA/ABS
DISPLAYMono LCD
CONNECTIVITYUSB
HEATED BED?Yes

The Ultimaker 3 Extended is highly praised for it's precision and accuracy, even in low settings, it still produces detailed prints. When it’s set on the highest settings, the Ultimaker 3 Extended completely outperforms most other printers. And although it needs an enclosure for high-temperature printing, it can consistently print using different materials.

The Ultimaker 3 Extended comes at a price, but you definitely get your money’s worth with it. This printer is recommended for professionals or hardcore 3D printing enthusiasts.

Note: The printers listed in this review, are by nature all open form printers. If you are not able to run one of these, due to having small kids around the 3D printing room for example, then consider our review on fully enclosed 3D printers, as we also focused on models for large build volumes!

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