June 18, 2014

Three industrial design students in Germany, Raoul Wilken, Nils Mayer, and Marc Schömann, have developed Cobot 3D printer, a compact FDM printer with large print space aimed at professionals like architects, product designers, artists and engineers.

As industrial designers, model building is a big part of their design education. The Cobot comes fully assembled and calibrated in a well designed package. It features a sleek aluminum housing to protect the components inside and reduce warping and material shrinkage. The creators wanted to make the printer not only look attractive, they also aim to deliver a high print quality.

The Cobot features several innovations (e.g. easy extruder switching, permanent print surface) to make it more reliable. The Permanent Print Surface secures a good layer adhesion and prevents parts from warping. It is equipped with powerful control board running with 24V, 128 microsteps and Raspberry Pi.

With precision mechanics and high grade components, the Cobot offers a print quality comparable to entry level selective laser sintering parts. The Cobot 3D printer features 50 Microns layer resolution, exchangeable dual extruder, and build envelope of 210 x 270 x 210 mm (8.3 x 10.6 x 8.3 inches).

Cobot supports standards ABS and PLA material as well as exotic material like Tribo, Laybrick or flexible PLA.

Features and Specifications:

  • Permanent Print Surface
  • Laser Measured Single Frame
  • Open Source Firmware
  • 24V Electronics with 128 Microsteps
  • Low Maintenance and Lubricant Free
  • Build envelope: 210 x 270 x 210 mm (8.3 x 10.6 x 8.3 inches)
  • Build volume: 11300 cm³
  • Printer size: 430 x 430 x 410mm
  • Resolution: XY: 50.0 Micron / 0.05mm / Z: 3.00 Micron / 0.003mm
  • Layer thickness: 50 Microns / 0.05mm

The company will begin taking pre-orders for Cobot 3D printer from September / October 2014 for around 4000€. The shipping will start in Spring 2015.


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Eva (bioFila) wrote at 7/4/2014 3:36:53 PM:

Always easy to leave bad comments :-( I think you have a good idea and a very pleasant design. High resolution should be the goal, as for the 3D-printers, as for the materials and even sometimes for some reprappers ^^ Btw : your homepage is ... "WOW"

sas wrote at 6/23/2014 10:46:58 PM:

It's always good to see some patent lawyers and mechanical engineers commenting on these articles.

reprapper wrote at 6/21/2014 11:55:03 AM:

4000...!!!! hahahahaha.... go build a reprap and tweak it for high res.. high res just means SLOW by the way..

TTB wrote at 6/19/2014 5:08:49 PM:

I'm not sure if Stratasys Patent is valid here in Germany. Though this machine looks nice but is bad construction. The sheer weight of the mechanical assembly will deform the aluminum casing on higher print speeds and it will probably rattle the printer off the table.

Cozmicray wrote at 6/18/2014 6:28:43 PM:

More Vaporware!! 3D printers will never see

Bri wrote at 6/18/2014 5:41:10 PM:

Yikes to the price! Not sure how these guys think they'll compete with the likes of makerbot unless they slash prices.

Better call Saul! wrote at 6/18/2014 12:30:06 PM:

And the Stratasys patent for an enclosed build chamber has been circumvented... how?



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