May 19, 2016 | By Benedict

To demonstrate the capabilities of its ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D Printer, ZMorph has created a special ‘sample pack’, consisting of a multi-headed Star Wars wine stopper and wooden display box. 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser cutting techniques were all used to create the contents of the pack.

First things first: a 3D printer / CNC mill / laser cutter hybrid might be a digital manufacturer’s dream product, but any tinkerer worth his or her salt will have reservations about such a Frankenstein-like creation: sure, the Swiss Army Knife has proved its worth in one or two situations, but to combine all that digital machinery into a single box? Think of the risks! If you’re going to build and sell such a machine, as Polish 3D printer manufacturer ZMorph is in the business of doing, you’ll certainly need to prove that the machine is more than just a jack of all trades.

For a few years now, ZMorph has been exploring the possibilities of combining digital fabrication technologies within a single machine, and last month brought those years of experience together for its latest product, the ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D printer. Pictures of the $2,690 machine had many customers salivating, but to understand the quality of such a gadget and rid oneself of any lingering skepticism, one really needs to have a closer look at the fruits of its labors. That’s why ZMorph has been putting together these cool Sample Packs for business partners and clients, designed to showcase each of the 3D printer’s many talents.

So what’s in the pack, you ask? ZMorph will be hoping that its friends like a drink, because the key item in the gift box is a cute Star Wars-themed wine stopper—one of those things you stick in a bottle of uncorked wine to keep it drinkable. The 3D printed stopper, which consists of a cork element and two interchangeable heads, (R2D2 and Vader, obviously) was designed on the company’s ZMorph 2.0 SX software, with the cork element printed in 1.75mm NinaFlex SemiFlex filament through a 1.75mm Plastic Extruder and the fancy Star Wars heads printed in ZMorph ABS ZMorph (R2D2) and ZMorph PLA (Vader). A little ColorFabb Glowfill filament was also used to make the Sith Lord’s eyes glow in the dark. Scary.

The 3D printed stopper looks great, but 3D printing is—of course—just one of several weapons in the Multitool’s arsenal. To really wow its clients, ZMorph also wanted to include some evidence of CNC milling and laser cutting. To do so, the Polish fabrication hotshots put just as much effort into the stopper’s presentation box, a beautiful beechwood case sculpted using the hybrid machine’s CNC mill. That same mill element was used to create perfect hollow areas in the wood for the 3D printed wine stopper, before the company’s name, logo, and landing page were engraved into the showpiece using the machine’s inbuilt laser cutter.

To hold it all together, the ZMorph team then added a clasped strap around the box, also 3D printed in NinjaFlex filament and ZMorph PLA. Once this was done, the finished sample pack was then ready to be shipped off to a handful of lucky recipients. Fortunately for those who aren’t ZMorph partners, the 3D printer manufacturer also plans to make the design files for the sample pack available online, so makers everywhere will have the opportunity to treat their best Star Wars-loving, wine-guzzling friends.

ZMorph 2.0 SX Multitool 3D printer specs:

  • Interchangeable nozzles, toolheads, worktables
  • 250 x 235 x 165 mm working area
  • 14 microns X,Y precision
  • 0.625 microns Z precision
  • 50-400 microns resolution
  • Heated worktable, 5mm hardened glass

 

 

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