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I was looking at 3D printers and I wanted to know the maximum achievable resolution in 3D printers that use the extrusion method (NOT the 3D laser printers).

Some manufacturers claim a 20 Micron resolution, with a 0.4 mm extrusion nozzle. I wonder if there are commercially available printers that can do better than that. 1 micron or maybe something in the nano scale?

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closed as off-topic by Benteh, Vincent, Johannes, Darth_Vader, JohnB Jul 23 '14 at 12:44

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Not sure what this has to do with Graphic Design. Are you simply unable to find a manufacturer of these 3D printers? What is specifically wrong with the google results to "3d printer 1 micron"? – KMSTR Jan 29 '14 at 12:25
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the technical spesification of 3D printers. – Benteh Jan 29 '14 at 13:22
I've seen many questions considering printing here and that's why I have posted this. Feel free to close it! – Error404 Jan 29 '14 at 13:27
I know a few graphic designers who've worked with 3D printers. It's not mainstream yet, but I wouldn't close a question just because it's about an area on the up. That said, since it's still a fringe area overspilling from product design etc, it's unlikely many people here will have had the chance to do much 3D printing related work. You might get better results elsewhere: a specialist forum, or maybe the techies at ? – user568458 Jan 29 '14 at 13:34
Using a nozzle necessarily limits how small a bit one can successfully place --- that said, there are people trying nozzles as small as 0.2mm ( ). There are commercially available printers using stereolithography and inkjet 3D printing which can do much higher resolution than typical FDM machines w/ 0.35--0.5mm nozzles. – WillAdams May 19 '14 at 12:22