Oct 14, 2015 | By Kira

Leapfrog, the Dutch manufacturer of 3D printers, today released the Creatr HS Lite, a PLA-only compatible desktop 3D printer with large build volume, and technology that promises a simplified printing process with high speed results.

Equipped with a single extruder to ensure ease-of-use and reliability, the Creatr HS Lite features a 13.6 litre build volume, and can print objects up to 28 cm in length. The ‘HS’ stands for high-speed, it can reach up to 300mm/s and go from preheat to printing in less than 10 minutes; and ‘Lite’ refers to the use of light PLA material only, which minimizes the weight of the extruder carriage, enabling rapid prototyping and quicker results. While the specs may not seem so different from the original Creatr or Creatr HS model, both of those are dual extruder 3D printers, useful for designers or more advanced makers.

In keeping with the spirit of simplicity and user-friendliness, the stand-alone Creatr HS Lite features a single 4-inch full colour LCD screen, just one button, and a USB slot to transfer print files. Each purchase comes with professional slicing software from 3D printing software developer Materialise—a partnership that was announced just earlier this year. Priced at €1,699 excl VAT (just under $2,000 USD), the Creatr HS Lite is an attractive option for those in need of a reliable desktop 3D printer.

As part of their partnership with Materialise, Leapfrog offers starter packages for beginners or for educators looking to bring 3D printing into the classroom, complete with a toolkit, print stickers, and range of filament spools. A strong supporter of 3D printing education, Leapfrog also offers workshops and lesson plans for elementary and high school classes. 

In addition to announcing their partnership with Materialise at CES in January, the Dutch company penned an agreement with top supply chain service provider Ingram Micro Europe to help them reach select user groups. A scant few weeks later, Japan-based Ricoh joined the great partnership rally, agreeing to resell the Leapforg Creatr HS and other models throughout Europe.

With a clear understanding of the education sector, Leapfrog has already begun to move into the engineering and manufacturing sectors, and at this rate is steadily becoming a prime manufacturer of 3D printers in the European market.

Specifications:

  • Layer thickness (mm): 0.1
  • Nozzle diameter (mm): 0.35
  • Printer dimensions (cm): 63.3 x 48.6 x 52.3
  • Printing speed (mm/s): 30 - 300
  • Travel speed (mm/s): 40 - 400
  • Max print volume (liter): 13.6
  • Dual Extruder: no
  • Compatible filaments: PLA

 

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never wrote at 10/15/2015 5:59:16 PM:

lol the price, z-wobble inclusive?

Saywhatwhat? wrote at 10/15/2015 5:56:41 PM:

Leapfrog is just the worst, even Chinese printers are better. Shame for Europe engineering.

Frank wrote at 10/15/2015 2:34:15 PM:

Woah! In 10 minutes it can start printing. So fast... If only every other desktop printer could do such a thing.



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