Mar. 17, 2015

Polish company TYTAN 3D, run by Pawel Rokita and Janusz Wojcik, announces completely new look for their Gaja 3D printer – Gaja Multitool.

The company released two new devices a year ago: the Goliat – a full metal extruder for RepRap 3D printers and the Gaja 3D – a 3D printer dedicated to 3D printing clay and ceramics.

As Janusz Wojcik stated,

"We were very surprised by what we found when, together with Pawel Rokita, we started to explore the advantages of the mechanical system of our Gaya delta 3D printer. During the tests and trials we found that it was very easy to change the print heads for 3D printing clay. We exchanged the clay extrusion head for one that weighed as much as a plastic extruder and at some point we decided to mount the router. As we built several CNC machines in the past, we knew that it would work, but we were surprised by its excellent high processing capabilities. We have since also developed different extrusion heads, turning the Gaia 3D printer into a multifunctional machine whose functions can be installed in a matter of seconds."

The Gaja Multitool has a very rigid aluminum construction. The base and the table are both made from aluminum sheets with a thickness of 10 mm, while three sturdy aluminum columns provide further stability for the strollers. The print engine consists of HTD belts planetary gears and stepper motors.

The Gaja Multitool comes with two extruders: the first is a tank with a capacity of 1 liter and is mounted directly on the 3D printer. This extruder is perfect for 3D printing small parts, as it is easily loaded with clay, replaced and cleaned. But to use the entire volume of the Gaja 3D print (with a diameter of 30 cm and a height of 36 - 40 cm) you will need a larger tank with a capacity of 10 liter. This tank stands next to the printer and feeds the extruder through a flexible hose. This is a solution for large projects, as it uses a nozzle with a diameter of 1 to 6 mm.

The plastic extruder functions under the same principles as the clay function. This solution allows you to 3D print objects in any of the different filaments currently available on the market. It also allows users to mix their own resins and adhesives. There is full range of possibilities – including mixtures of bronze, aluminum, brass, glass, paper, or concrete.

If you happen to want to 3D print something in ABS or PLA today, while the clay extruder is still attached, it's a simple matter of unscrewing the knob and trolley from the top of the printer. To attach a different extrusion head, the user simply inserts it into the slot and screws it into the ceiling of the printer, while the FDM part is plugged into another slot. Then insert the role of the filament and start printing. The whole process takes several seconds.

Another head options are:

  • A diamond stylus to engrave inscriptions on metal and glass. It's particularly useful for dedications on watches, works of art of advertising pieces.
  • A knife to cut out the letters using foil and adhesive, or to make a variety of templates.
  • CNC milling machine – it can mill reliefs, cut different shapes out of flat materials, milled pockets for mechanical parts and even make PCBs. The current build of the printer allows the milling function to be used for MDF, plastics, foams and aluminium materials.
  • A writing head, which comes with a special marker for ratcheting PCB plates.
  • A laser engraver. This option should be treated as an experimental option rather than a professional one. It has very little power (only 1.6W) but is as dangers for your eyes as any other laser. It's only available as an accessory for careful people who would like to cut thin cardboard boxes, burn inscriptions into surfaces and so on.

In short, the Gaja Multitool 3D printer is a modern multi-purpose platform designed with continuous operation in mind. Its interchangeable heads make this an universal tool. The ten different heads that can be attached to this one device allow you to quickly change the machine's functionality.

The Gaja Multitool is priced at 14,471.54 PLN (USD3,698) net / 17,800 PLN (USD5,260) gross. Its new website will be launched on soon.

Features and specifications:

  • Build envelope: diameter 30 cm, height 36 - 40 cm
  • Connection: Ethernet
  • Software: ArtCAM Express, Blender, Slic3r
  • Operating system: Windows XP, 7, 8; Linux, Mac OS X
  • Heated bed
  • LCD panel
  • 1.75 mm or 3 mm filament
  • 0.4 mm diameter nozzle

 

via centrumdruku3d

 

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