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What kind of motors are common to 3D printers?

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What kind of motors are common to 3D printers?

2023-06-25 10:35:17

3D printers have changed the way we design and manufacture products. The important device that drives these machines for precise movement is the motor. Do you know what motors are commonly used in 3D printers?

Most of the 3D printers you often see in life are desktop machines, and stepper motors are the most widely used motors in desktop 3D printers. Among them, NEMA14, NEMA17, NEMA23 and NEMA24 stepper motors are the most common stepper motor models.

Why do 3D printers mainly use stepper motors?

Stepper motors provide high-precision motion control that produces highly accurate, design-compliant models that are easy to control and are inexpensive, and perfectly suited to the control needs of 3d printers. NEMA17 stepper motors, for example, are the most commonly used motors in 3D printers because they are small, lightweight, and offer high torque and accuracy. They are also widely available and affordable. In addition, they have standardized dimensions and mounting options due to the maturity of the technology, features that make them easy to integrate into 3D printers.

Can servo motors be used for 3D printers?

In addition, some 3d printers use servo motors as drive motors, this kind of 3d printer is usually used in industrial mass production. Industrial 3d printers are usually larger, requiring the device itself to have higher precision and stability, so the requirements for each component are more demanding and mostly use servo motor drives.


Desktop 3D printers mostly use stepper motors, such as NEMA17, NEMA23, and other models. Industrial 3D printers often use servo motors.

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