April 19, 2012
iRapid, a new 3D printer made by iRapid.de in Germany is ready to hit the market. iRapid is a complete assembled 3D printer, one of the first fully assembled 3D printers in Europe. iRapid is built with a brand new and unique "rack and pinion" concept that uses no belts and thread rod. This design keeps the machine neat and very easy to build. According to iRapid.de, this is a pending patent in Germany and Europe and when it is successful they will apply for an international patent. The system is a ready to use 3 axis CNC machine with an extrusion toolhead and the total build envelope is approx. 140x140x140mm.
Unlike any other in it's price range, iRapid has a rigid aluminum frame and a reliable gear rack solution. The iRapid's current quality is owed largely to it's rigidity and well thought out mechanical design.
Some critical technical data of iRapid 3D printer listed in the website are:
- Technology: Fused deposition modeling (FDM)
- Printing model size: approx 140x140x140mm (x,y,z)
- Nozzle: 0.4mm standard
- Printing rate: up to 80mm/s
- Accuracy: approx 0.2mm all axis (x,y,z)
- Minimum layer size: 0.25mm
- Printer size: approx 350x370x525mm
- Printing materials: ABS or PLA filament, d= 3mm
- Bed: heated up to 110°C
The iRapid is expected to be on the market latest in three month time at a price tag of approx. 999 Euros (excluding taxes). And if iRapid.de succeed in the following seed funding for start-up capital they could bring the product much earlier to the market.
Watch the video below the printing test of iRapid:
Thanks Rainer for the tip!
Photo credit/source: iRapid.de
Posted in 3D Printers
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Homer wrote at 6/5/2013 6:07:21 AM:
The patent system is so broken that he can patent a rack and pinion 3D printer even if rack and pinion CNC milling machines have existed for decades.
DscheyH wrote at 7/31/2012 2:26:09 PM:
Lauch announced for tomorrow, August 1, 2012. www.irapid.de
Paucus wrote at 4/20/2012 3:19:45 PM:
what's patentable in using a tooth rack and a pinion?
OurBenefactors wrote at 4/19/2012 6:26:54 PM:
Nope nope nope nope nope. This design is not new, and not better than having belts. The guy is not trustworthy either. He's been trolling the reprap community for a while, and trying to patent silly things.
Paul wrote at 4/19/2012 3:14:05 PM: