Oct 9, 2015 | By Alec

The market of desktop 3D printers seems to be ever expanding, but quite a few new additions seem to add very little in terms of functionality or affordability. Fortunately, new interesting 3D printers are still appearing or improved, which is also the case with Raise3D’s line of 3D printers. Originally beginning as a Chinese developer, multinational Raise3D previously released the interesting ideaPrinter a few years ago, and are now back with not just one, but three, improved models. Raise3D will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign for the N1, the N2 and the much larger N2 3D printers, all high resolution, user friendly machines.

Now the ideaPrinter wasn’t a bad machine at all, but as the designers explain, much of the negative feedback received suggested that this 3D printer wasn’t quite user-friendly enough. ‘Their feedback has made it clear users do not want to tinker and experiment. They want a prosumer desktop printer that they can use and rely on,’ they explain. ‘Serious 3D printer users need accuracy to make working parts and assemblies. They want to spend their time working on their project, instead of spending it tinkering with their 3D printer. They need reliability and an easy-to-use experience.’ Users also, they went on to say, preferred options for using other materials than PLA and ABS filaments without needing to replace extruders. ‘In short, they need a machine with great material flexibility,’ they write.

Those issues are have all been dealt with in the second generation of Raise3D’s 3D printers, focusing on accuracy, reliability, accessibility and material flexibility. The result are three 3D printers that all feature some very impressive qualities. Common amongst all are a resolution of down to 0.01 mm, the ability to 3D print more than 10 types of filaments, a 7 inch touch screen, a remote control, Wi-Fi connectivity and even the ability to resume 3D printing after power is interrupted; in short, all the qualities many users look for in a 3D printer anno 2015.

To ensure that all of these properties are also actually present, all machines have also been rigourously tested. ‘Our evaluation test processes include 13 highly detailed tests to confirm the printing capabilities of the N3 series printers. We have designed these printers to print very detailed (0.01mm layers) and very long running prints (greater than 200 hours ) with a wide variety of materials,’ they say.

So what’s the real difference between the three Raise3D printers? That is all about size. The smallest N1 features a relatively modest build volume of 8 x 8 x 8 inches, while the N2 features a generous 12 x 12 x 12 build volume. The N2+ meanwhile, takes things a lot higher, at 12 x 12 x 24 inches! While not all of your builds will be of single- piece miniature Eiffel Towers, that certainly becomes an option.

All are intended for high quality prototyping and production, and should be trusted to run 24/7. What’s more, maintenance has been also thought of. ‘The hot-end only takes 1 screw to remove from the carriage. Replacing a hot-end takes less than 5 minutes,’ they say. A nozzle can even be replaced without taking the hole extruder apart, while the main electronics can be reached by simply removing one plate. In short, maintenance should be easier than ever before. What’s more, all can be equipped with dual extruders (optional), that act independently and can use different printing temperature sand filaments – exactly what you would expect of a dual 3D printing machine.

Last but not least, the engineers behind the N-series have also thought about hackability. In particular, they have used the ATmega 2560, which is compatible with Marlin firmware, while APIs and toolchains will also be shared with users to enable customization. In short, the N-series 3D printers definitely have some interesting characteristics that are worth checking out. What’s more, unlike many crowdfunding campaigns for 3D printers out there, most of the work is already done, with an eye on shipping early bird machines before Christmas 2015.

  • High-resolution 0.01mm
  • Huge build volume, up to 12 * 12 * 24 inches
  • Aluminum inner frame for increased rigidity
  • 7 inch capacitive touchscreen with easy-to-use GUI
  • Freescale imx6, Quad core 1Ghz ARM processor
  • All-metal hot-end up to 300 degrees Celsius: 10+ verified types of filament
  • Remote monitoring and print job management, via Ethernet/Wi-Fi
  • Resume printing after a power interruption
  • 16 expansion ports allow customization with digital and analog I/O
  • Easy access to load filament on the right side of the machine (N2/N2 Plus)
  • Clear acrylic cover to extruder for easy filament loading
  • Transparent and removable full enclosure
  • Heated print-bed, pre-aligned at the factory (N2/N2 Plus), leveling-free
  • Dual ball-screw Z-axis (N2/N2 Plus)
  • Dual extruder (optional)
  • Onboard Camera (optional)

 

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Rajesh Potdar wrote at 6/27/2016 2:57:22 PM:

We are looking for printer which can have build volume of 750 mm X 750 MM X 500 mm , Do you have it in your range ? If not , Can u build it for us . We are presently having your Raise3D N2 with us Rajesh Potdar Raychem RPG (P) Ltd. Safari Crossing , Near Halol GIDC | Village - Kanjari, Taluka:Halol | Dist:- Panchmahal | Gujarat | INDIA – 389950 | Mobile : +91 - 9978993164 Email - rpotdar@raychemrpg.com



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