April 11, 2013
iRapid is a complete assembled 3D printer, one of the first fully assembled 3D printers in Germany. iRapid is built with a unique "rack and pinion" concept that uses no belts and thread rod and this design is already patented in Europe.
Building envelope: 100 x 100 x 100 mm
Minimum thickness: 0.25 mm
Nozzle diameter: 0.35 mm
Electronics: Ramps V1.4, Ardunio Mega 2560, 1/16 steps stepper motors
Material: PLA, 1.75 mm
Printer size approx: 230 x 230 x 420 mm
Weight: 7 kg
More information (in German) can be found here on indiegogo.
Posted in 3D Printers
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JD90 wrote at 4/15/2013 11:14:34 PM:
Rack and pinion machines aren't new. I don't know what's preferable about having them over belts or threaded rod. The quality doesn't appear to hold up, which is a known issue for rack and pinion drives.