2012 may be the year of the 3D printer, they show up in all the news and events. Here we are going to focus four of them:
Eventorbot! is a good-looking open source 3D printer, it looks little similar as Up! 3D printer but it is stronger and more rigid. Eventorbot! is designed with less materials, less plastic parts and hidden wires.
According to eventorbot, the creator, if you make it yourself, the cost can be as low as $300 and no more than $500. The frame is made of a single 4' long, 2 1/2" square tube (16 gauge/1.5mm/.0598" thick, cost: less then $20.00).
Other details are not available yet, but eventorbot will probably upload all the STL file for all the printable plastic parts later this week, so stay tuned!
2. The Series 1 from Type A Machines
The Series 1 is a fully assembled 3D printer created by San Francisco-based Type A Machines. It has a plywood case and a very big build envelope - 9 x 9 x 9 inches (229 x 229 x 229 mm) for printing large objects. That means you can use it to print frisbees or gigantic cups! Series 1 uses 1.75mm ABS, PLA or PVA (water soluble) filament.
The Series 1 is capable of layers as thin as 0.1mm with normal settings. Resolutions as fine as 0.05mm (50 microns) have been demonstrated with only minor adjustments in software. Even resolutions as low as 0.3mm print at top speed with great results.
The Series 1 is claimed to be "faster, larger and it's smoother and quieter" - it is very fast: with printing speeds of up to 90mm/s and speeds of up to 250mm/s while the print head moves to new areas.
So how much does the machine cost? - $1200 for a fully assembled kit.
(Image credit: Type A Machine)
The video below is one of the prototype the Series 1 built from varnished Walnut, will be available soon.
3. MBot Cube 3D printer
MBot Cube is from China, its design is based on MakerBot's Replicator, but the build area is about 25mm less in the width, and 50mm bigger in the Z and Y directions.
The build platform of MBot Cube is 200x200x200mm, it supports dual extruder, LCD control, SD card print.
- Resolution: 0.1 mm
- Layer Thickness: 0.3 mm
- Speed: 15.0 cm3 per hour solid
- Electronics: MakerBot MightyBoard Inside
- MATERIALS: 1.75 mm ABS, PLA
- Equipment Dimensions: 400 x 400 x 400 mm
- Weight: 8 kg
- US$1,199 for single head
- US$1,299 for single head + heated platform
- US$1,399 for double head
- US$1,499 for double head + heated platform
Lead time: 14 days
4. WT2 3D printer from Weistek
This fully assembled kit is designed by Weistek in China.
(Images credit: Mbot)
- Build envelope: 150x150x130mm
- Price (US$): RMB 8,999 (US$ 1,415)
- Lead time: 3 days
- Nozzle diameter: 0.36mm
- Layer thickness: 0.2mm
- Positioning precision: 0.085mm
- Weight (kg): 10kg
Here are some nice samples printed on the WT2 3D printer.
(Images credit: Weistek)
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