Top 12 Dual Extruder 3D Printers 2018 (For ALL Price Ranges!)

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3D printers that use fused deposition modeling technologies extrude plastic filament, layer-by-layer, to create the finished part. Because of this, most printers are limited to one material color and one type of material, such as PLA or ABS. However, some printers now incorporate dual extruders. This extra print head means multiple colors can be produced simultaneously, as well as having two different materials. This has a series of advantages including the ability to print supports in soluble materials such as HIPS, as well as more colorful parts.

Therefore, we created our ranking of the 12 best dual extruder 3D printers currently on the market. We ranked these printers based on their price-performance ratio, reliability, price quality, build volume, and more. We also divided these printers into three categories: cheap dual extruder 3D printers under $1,000, medium priced printers under $10,000, and industrial dual extruder 3D printers over $10,000.

Cheap Dual Extruder 3D Printer (Under $1000)

Flashforge Creator Pro

  • Company based: China
  • Price: $1,000

Flashforge have been making waves in recent times for releasing some very highly-rated cheap 3D printers, including the Adventurer 3, the Dreamer, Hunter, and now the Creator Pro. This Chinese 3D printer manufacturer have now released their dual extruder 3D printer, the Creator Pro, costing just under $1,000.

Printing fairly accurately with a minimum layer thickness of 0.1mm, the Creator Pro is pretty solid for the price. In addition, the Flashforge Creator Pro has a good 225 x 145 x 150 mm print volume, which can easily handle everyday needs. Overall, the Creator Pro is a good choice for anyone that needs a cheap dual extruder 3D printer.

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Da Vinci 2.0A Duo

  • Company based: China
  • Price: ~$350

XYZprinting are a Chinese company that have grown to play a major part in the FDM 3D printer industry, releasing several successful printers. This time, they’ve released a dual extruder 3D printer, the Da Vinci 2.0A Duo, featuring a heated print bed for printing ABS, and costs just $350.

For the price, this is a pretty solid piece of kit, offering a minimum layer height of just 100 microns. Moreover, the Da Vinci 2.0A Duo dual extruder 3D printer has a nicely sized maximum print area, at 150 x 200 x 200 mm. This overall is a solid, low-cost 3D printer for beginners and makers alike.

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Monoprice Maker Select

  • Company based in: USA
  • Price: $329

Monoprice are a very successful American startup who have created some of the best low-cost 3D printers of the last few years. Their current dual extruder 3D printer, the Monoprice Maker Select, is a cartesian printer offering a minimum layer thickness of 100 microns, and weighs just 20 pounds!

The Maker Select is a versatile printer, and can print ABS, HIPS, PET, PLA, PVA, and many other materials. It also offers a great build volume for the price, at 200 x 200 x 180 mm. The only downside however is the printer’s speed. At just 55mm/s, this is five times slower than printers such as the Lulzbot Mini.

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Flashforge Dreamer

  • Company based: China
  • Price: $970

There is a reason there are so many Flashforge 3D printers in our rankings – they’re excellent machines! The Dreamer is another low-cost dual extruder 3D printer weighing just 15kg and costing under $1,000.

Marketed as a low-cost workhorse, the Dreamer offers accuracy up to 100 microns, as well as a 230 x 150 x 140 mm maximum print volume. This is pretty good for a dual extruder 3D printer which costs so little. The downside however is the printer only accepts Flashforge filaments, rejecting all third party materials.

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Medium Priced Dual Extruder 3D Printer

ZMorph 2.0 SX

  • Company based: USA
  • Price: $2,850

Another American company, the ZMorph 2.0 SX is a very interesting machine. Not only a dual extruder 3D printer, this machine is well-known for its ability to be converted seamlessly into a CNC machine with its interchangeable print heads. Offering two forms of manufacturing in one, it’s no wonder why this printer caught our attention. Moreover, it offers good quality and a large build volume too. At 230 x 235 x 165 mm, you should be able to print whatever you need, as well as machining any parts with its CNC head.

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Makerbot Replicator 2X

  • Company based: USA
  • Price: ~$2,500

Makerbot are undoubtedly one of the most well-known desktop 3D printer manufacturers, consistently releasing highly-rated machines. The American manufacturer have since released the Replicator 2X, a dual extruder 3D printer which is accurate up to 100 microns and accessible via USB or SD card.

The Makerbot Replicator 2X has a print volume large enough for any consumer printing need, at 285 x 153 x 155 mm. Weighing in at 11.5kg, it’s fairly portable too. At around $2,500/£2,400, it’s not cheap, but is a solid option for prosumers and makers who need a good dual extruder 3D printer and want reliability.

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BCN3D Sigmax

  • Company based: Spain
  • Price: $4,100

BCN3D are a Spanish company who have created a number of highly-rated dual extruder 3D printers, including the Sigma R17. Since then, they’ve released the Sigmax, a cartesian FDM 3D printer which can print ABS, CPE, HIPS, Nylon, Polycarbonate, and even more! Boasting a solid aluminium frame, the Sigmax is also simple to use, and can be accessed via SD card or USB stick.

BCN3D dual extruder 3D printers are known for quality, which shows as the Sigmax offers good accuracy and 50 micron minimum layer resolutions. The Sigmax also offers large printing dimensions, of up to 420 x 297 x 210 mm, enough for any printing needs. Though not cheap, $4,100 is a reasonable price for a printer known for its high quality and large build area.

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Ultimaker 3

  • Company based: The Netherlands
  • Price: $3,499

Ultimaker are another desktop 3D printing giant who create fused deposition modeling printers that have won many awards. Featuring a dual extruder and up to 20 micron accuracy, the Ultimaker 3 is a fantastic option for small businesses, makers, and prosumers.

With a print volume of 197 x 215 x 200 mm, the Ultimaker is capable of meeting most printing needs. It also has a built-in camera so you can remotely monitor prints in progress. Connectable via WiFi, Ethernet or USB drive, the Ultimaker 3 is designed to be simple to use. Though not cheap at $3,499, the Ultimaker 3 is accurate, fast, reliable, and simple to operate. This makes it overall one of the best dual extruder 3D printers on the market today.

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Raise3D N2 Dual

  • Company based: China
  • Price: ~$3,000

The sister model to the N2 Plus which made it onto our Best 3D Printers 2018 list, the Raise3D N2 Dual is a workhouse printer for use in almost every industry. The Chinese manufacturer has won numerous awards for their dual extruder 3D printers, and are the new printer of choice for Voodoo Manufacturing.

The N2 Dual also boasts a fantastic build volume, at 305 x 305 x 305 mm, easily enough for everyday and industrial printing needs. The printer is also very accurate, with a 0.01mm minimum layer thickness, and an ergonomic touchscreen to operate the printer. At just under $3,000, the Raise3D N2 is overall a fantastic dual extruder printer for the price tag.

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Industrial Dual Extruder 3D Printer ($10,000+)

Stratasys F170

  • Company based: USA
  • Price: ~$15,000-$20,000

One of the original 3D printing companies, Stratasys have been involved in 3D printing for 30 years, commercializing fused deposition modeling. Known for their industrial 3D printers, the Stratasys F170 weighs a whopping 227kg!

Though it costs around $20,000, there are reasons for the price tag. Firstly, the F170 offers quality unparalleled by desktop FDM 3D printers. Offering a build volume of 254 x 254 x 254 mm, the F170 can create multiple parts simulataneously for rapid prototyping or short-run manufacturing.

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Markforged Mark Two

  • Company based: USA
  • Price: $13,499

Markforged are an Massachusetts, USA based startup created by Greg Mark which are revolutionizing 3D printing through their carbon fiber composites. Their dual extruder 3D printers can combine carbon fiber, fiberglass, Kevlar, and Nylon within parts for high-strength, low-weight parts.

Their Mark Two dual extruder 3D printer can create parts with decent accuracy, at a minimum layer thickness of 0.1mm. This, coupled with a fairly large build volume at 320 x 132 x 154 mm, means multiple parts can be produced simultaneously in industrial situations. The printer is one of the most expensive on the list, retailing at $13,499.

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BigRep Studio

  • Company based: Germany
  • Price: ~$36,000

The only German company on our list, BigRep create industrial 3D printers for prototyping and are used in the medical, automotive, and aerospace sectors. The BigRep Studio is a monster 3D printer weighing 250kg and featuring an optional dual extruder.

Offering print dimensions of 500 x 1000 x 500 mm, the BigRep Studio can print the largest parts in our list by quite some way. This may be the reason for its lack of accuracy however, offering just 200-400 micron resolutions.

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