Aug 11, 2015 | By Simon

As more creators turn to switching up their choice of filament to expand upon other design possibilities, the decision to make one’s own filament starts to make more and more sense.  However, up until now, the majority of the options for creating filament on-location haven’t necessarily been consumer-friendly or otherwise ‘ideal’ for users looking for a seamless filament extrusion experience.  Now, new Dutch startup 3devo wants to change that.  

Established as a new venture from Devoteq, a Dutch mechanical engineering company, 3devo has recently unveiled the NEXT 1.0, the world’s first high-end, consumer-friendly filament extruder with the goal of putting high quality filament in the hands of Makers of all types.  

“Operating industrial extrusion machinery requires experience and understanding,” explains the company.   

“We integrated this experience and understanding into the NEXT 1.0, creating a user friendly interface that gives you the opportunity to create stunning results with just the push of a button.”

The company’s goals with the extruder - which is the result of over 18 months of product design and development - include standing out in a marketplace that’s already overly-saturated with filament extruder options with high-end features and a design that highlights attention to detail.     

“Unlike other filament extruders that generate poor-quality or inconsistent filament, the NEXT 1.0 is designed to extrude nothing short of a professional grade product, ensuring that the filament it extrudes can be perfectly wound onto the spool of a 3D printer for optimum results,” explains 3devo’s Lucas van Leeuwen in an email to 3Ders.  

“All this from the comfort of your own desk.”

So far, the machine is able to extrude standard 3D printing materials such as ABS, PLA and even recycled plastic waste or other material combinations for custom filaments including multicolored filaments and glow-in-the-dark filaments.   

Among other features of the NEXT 1.0 include a high-quality, professional grade extrusion screw with integrated compression zones, automatic spool winding for neatly rolling up the filament for smooth 3D printing and an embedded automatic diameter control system for consistent filament.

Although we’ve seen a number of professional quality filament extrusion systems over the past few years, very few have been focused on creating an automated and seamless system with a strong consideration to the user experience.  Combined with the high quality engineering and sleek industrial design, this just might be a filament extrusion system that’s likely to stick around for awhile.  

Currently, the company is gearing up for a Kickstarter campaign that’s set to launch on Wednesday, August 12th.



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Marco Agas wrote at 8/12/2015 3:43:21 PM:

It's now live on Kickstarter :) Here's the link

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