IRIS printers use paper to create durable, realistic 3D renderings.
MCor 2 IRIS printers use paper to create durable, realistic 3D renderings.

3D printing is revolutionizing the design and construction industries. Which printers are best for building pros? Here are four to consider.

MakerBot. The fifth-generation Replicator, available for $2,899 at, makes true-to-life objects quickly and easily, the company says. Users can choose settings that range from fast draft to finer resolution and models don’t require sanding, finishing, or post production work.

Stratasys. Named best 3D printer for small business by Tom’s Guide website, the $9,995 Mojo is powered by the company’s FDM technology to build functional concept models and rapid prototypes in ABSplus thermoplastic. The machine arrives equipped with everything designers, engineers, or educators need to start 3D printing, including materials and software, the company says.

3D Systems. The company’s ProJet printers generates minimal waste, require no supports, and deliver ready-to-use, full-color, functional parts and assemblies without post-processing or painting. It’s Cube and Cube Pro personal printers start at $999.

MCor Technologies. The one-of-a-kind IRIS multicolor printer uses letter-sized paper to create durable and tactile models. The technology has taken off in Europe, where customers can upload their IRIS designs for printing at Staples office supply retail outlets. The company claims its printers require only 5 percent of the material cost of current 3D-printing methods.