We often get enquires for "refurbished 3D printers" and even "loan 3D printers".
Albeit our vast sell out remain new Stratasys FDM/Polyjet systems into what is still an emerging market sector for many, we are starting to see a steady supply of printers in good enough condition to pass refurbish inspections. With our team of service professionals, these units are tested and refurbished to an acceptable re-sale standard and include up-to 12-months support. The focus on refurbishment is first and foremost ‘print quality’ and availability of spare parts for a foreseeable term. Whereas some of the bodywork will often show signs of wear and tear, a fair compromise when buying used systems.
Nonetheless, these refurbished 3D printers can often be a good way for many to get some experience with 3D printing, at a price point similar too home/hobbyist devices, yet with ‘professional/industrial’ quality. Comparable to buying a used 5-series BMW Vs a Moped, when you expected the Moped to carry several passengers, have a comfortable ride, and keep you dry on a rainy day. We get feedback from lots of customers who’s first experience of 3D printing was on a low-cost system, that often failed to build and led to them writing off the entire process. Only to then experience professional units and realise their first impression was a Moped.
Loan printers although not a regular occurrence, due to the time to set systems up and the likelihood most 3D printers once acquired become a permanent necessity. On occasions, we do have systems that can be rented on a short-term basis to either help during a busy period, or merely a means to ‘try before you buy’ and convince yourself or others there is a genuine need.
For further enquiries on the availability of refurbished or loan 3D printing systems, please contact us