Oct 12, 2017 | By Benedict

South Korean 3D printing startup Mooz has launched a Kickstarter for its transformable 3D printer, the Mooz. The machine has interchangeable heads for 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC carving.

With all-in-one devices, you always run the risk that your versatile new unit will be a “Jack of all trades,” a machine that does everything quite well, but nothing very well. Those worries aren’t going away anytime soon, but with Seoul-based startup Mooz offering an all-in-one 3D printer, laser engraver, and CNC machine for as little as $239, many will consider it a risk well worth taking.

Mooz, which has already smashed its $50,000 Kickstarter campaign goal with a month to spare, says the “rock-solid frame” of its new Mooz 3D printing machine is able to deliver “precise and stable performance,” adding that “creativity will always take center stage” on the 3-in-1 device.

The versatile building tool features interchangeable industrial components and heads, allowing users to switch between building modes.

“Unlike other fragile plastic 3D printers, Mooz is made with premium aluminum—the alloy CNC body delivers a great stability,” Mooz says. “Since the sturdy metal frame boosts the stability of the printer, as a result, precise and reliable performance is guaranteed.”

This performance is further enhanced by an industrial-grade linear guideway with accurate positioning capability (linear parallelism of 0.01 mm per 100 mm) and stepper motor with precision of up to 0.005 mm. This all results in a printing precision of up to 0.02 mm.

The Mooz purportedly comes with “super easy-to-use software,” while common applications like Cura, Slic3r, and Printrun are all compatible with the 3-in-1 machine.

Users also have a bit of flexibility to choose a Mooz model that suits their needs. Available as the Mooz-1, Mooz-2, or Mooz-3, the versatile machine is available in different versions with particular specialties. The Mooz-3, for example, allows for multi-color 3D printing.

Supported 3D printing materials for the Mooz include PLA, ABS, PC, and flexible filaments.

That all sounds rather nice, but who exactly is Mooz, the company? The people behind the project describe themselves as an “ambitious and experienced team who aimed to solve the problem that has existed for a long time: an affordable but precise 3D printer that allows home manufacturing and innovations for everyone.”

That description looks to have been enough to entice backers. With lots of the Super Early Bird deals already snapped up, the cheapest available package right now is the $239 Early Bird Mooz-1, which consists of the Mooz-1 system with heated bed, control panel, and supply of filament. Backers need to add $79 each for the laser engraving and CNC carving modules.

Interest in the Mooz has been very high, with over $63,000 raised at the time of writing. However, some Kickstarter regulars have been a little skeptical about the product.

Areas of criticism include the machine’s fairly weak 0.25 W laser head. (Mooz says this low wattage is due to Kickstarter regulations: the startup’s proposal for a 1.6 W laser was purportedly rejected by the crowdfunding platform.)

Other Kickstarter users have criticized the machine’s similarity to the Snapmaker, another modular fabrication machine that combines 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC carving. The Snapmaker was only launched earlier this year.

Somewhat surprisingly, estimated delivery for the Mooz 3D printer is November 2017, so backers should have their printers soon after pledging. This might be due to the fact that Mooz has “already selected [its] suppliers and [has] started the first batch production.”

Check out the Mooz Kickstarter campaign here.

 

 

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George Howell wrote at 10/15/2017 4:44:02 AM:

I have just pledged a Mooz-2 . I am backer 281 Can you tell me green following 1 Has the software been upgraded? 2 Are the instructions and other documentation available for review? 3 where can the filament and cutters be purchased? 4 haw is the laser recharged or replaced. Thank you georgem110@msn.com

Marc wrote at 10/13/2017 6:43:21 PM:

Looks like the SnapMaker that's already on kickstater



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