Jun 8, 2016 | By Andre

Kickstarter has been kind to 3D printer development teams in recent years. From FDM to SLA to DLP varieties, a large percentage of 3D printers that hit the crowdfunding circuit get what they’re after in no time at all. Sometimes because of slick marketing, other times because of technological breakthroughs.

In 2014, Titan 1 by Kudo3D successfully funded their $50,000 goal in a grand total of 2 minutes before going on to raise a blistering $687,116. This was, for the most part, because their SLA-DLP offering had higher resolution prints at faster speeds with a competitive print volume all at a lower price point than their competitors at the time.

Since then, they’ve been busy delivering on their campaign promises, developed a network of corporate clients and, importantly for this article, have been hard at work on the recently announced Titan 2 DLP-SLA 3D printer (currently available at an introductory sale price of $3,288).

After scanning through the features new to version 2 of their 3D printer, it appears most of the additions revolve around control advancements, plug-and-play functionality, reliability and to an extent, on performance. While the build volume has increased ever-so-slightly, the print resolution has remained consistent. This shouldn’t be seen as a negative however, as the specs presented by the first generation Titan were already above anything you’ll ever need in the near future (5 micron vs. 100 micron offered by most FDM plastic 3D printers).

The big changes include wifi functionality, a built-in Raspberry Pi, web-based controls, the ability for one device to control multiple printers, a built-in-computer to avoid the need for standalone hardware, fewer cords and a mesh-like build platform that reduces vacuum force between the layers while printing. Lastly, and this is important for anyone that wants to get to printing instead of tinkering with assembly, it comes fully assembled and calibrated.

To me, the new version of the printer builds and tweaks a product that was already on the cutting edge to begin with. While the advancements are more about usability instead of actual improvements in printing (aside from perhaps the modified platform), that’s all one can expect from a DLP 3D printer that remains on the cutting edge, even two years after its first release.

While focusing more on ease-of use doesn’t always lead to a better product (I’m reminded of Makerbot’s 5th generation Replicator printers that focused on gimmicks like webcams instead of improving print performance), their efforts should allow those new to 3D printing a better chance to print thanks to an easier learning curve.

If you’re eager to take the dive with the Titan 2, you can pre-order the 3D printer today and shipping is scheduled to begin in early July. All said, it seems the Kudo3D team behind this next-generation 3D printer have done everything they can to stay ahead in today’s hyper-competitive 3D printer market. Standing still is falling behind and it appears Kudo3D doesn’t want any part of that.

Printing Features:

  • XY resolution: 37μm ~ 100μm (HD native pixel size)
  • Z resolution: 5μm (native gear resolution)
  • Maximum Build Size at 100 μm XY resolution:
  • 7.5 in x 4.3 in x 9.8 in (L x W x H)

Maximum print speed:

  • 2.7 in / hr for xy:50μm and z:100μm resolution

Hardware:

  • Machine Size: 16.1″ x 13.7″ x 33.6″ / 41cm x 35cm x 85cm
  • Weight: 30 lbs / 13.5 Kg
  • Flexible PSP resin container
  • THK’s high precision industrial grade linear stage module
  • HD DLP projector with a 2cm native 1920×1080 DMD chip by Texas Instruments
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Metal frame & case

Titan 1 Promo video

 

 

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YoMomma wrote at 6/16/2016 2:00:05 AM:

Ha! Titan2? More like Titan SSDD. <-- SAME SHIT DIFFERENT DAY



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