Aug. 29, 2014

Just two days after the release of its XXL 3D printer, Milan based Italian 3D printer manufacturer Sharebot Srl today announced that it has completed preliminary development of Project SnowWhite, a sub-$20,000 selective laser sintering (SLS) system.

While there are many desktop 3D printers on the market, most of these printers use a FDM method, not SLS. SLS is often more expensive than FDM machine: a professional 3D SLS printer starts around 200,000€. However there are some inventors out there who want to build their own affordable laser sintering 3D printers.

Two weeks ago, UK based company Norge Systems announced that they are building "the world's first low-budget but high quality SLS printer that even a small or medium design studio can afford." Norge Systems' two new SLS 3D printer: Ice9 and Ice1 are priced at $34,000 and $13,000 respectively. Meanwhile, Sintratec, a company from Switzerland is currently also developing a desktop selective laser sintering DIY 3D printer that will be priced around $5300.

Project SnowWhite creates 3D objects from a digital CAD file by sintering a fine polymeric powder. The new SLS system is developed entirely in-house at Sharebot R&D dept in Nibionno. To promote the adoption of 3D printing worldwide Sharebot reinvests the majority of its profits into Research and Development, supported by its experience with FFF technology in the prosumer segment.

Sharebot's Project SnowWhite will be available to order in early 2015. More information will be announced in the near future. Here are some 3D prints made on the Project SnowWhite.

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PMnerd wrote at 1/5/2015 5:36:06 PM:

presumably a washable plastic- incredibly useful for rafts, as you don't have to break PLA to get to your print.

AMnerd wrote at 9/2/2014 12:17:15 PM:

What's the transparent stuff in the last picture? Looks sketchy

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