Mar 30, 2018 | By Tess

Australia-based startup cultivate3D has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its large-format 3D printer: the Beast V2. The 3D printer, which is the second generation of the startup’s 2015 release, has already raised over $34,000—far exceeding its crowdfunding goal.

Founded by brothers Dan and Josh Herlihy, cultivate3D made waves when it released its $1,850 Beast V1 3D printer, which boasted a build volume of 470 x 435 x 690 mm. Still, despite the 3D printer’s large build volume, users raised some concerns over the printer’s quality.

Now, after heeding their backers’ feedback and working on the 3D printer model for the past three years, the Herlihy brothers are back with their latest machine. “Our V2 unit is a massive improvement on the last model and costs the same,” says cultivate3D. “We want The Beast V2 to invigorate the imagination of designers who think big, without costing big $$.”

Among some of the most noteworthy improvements are a nearly 20 percent increase in build volume (the Beast V2 has a range of 490 x 500 x 670 mm) and an updated design which allows for “improved accuracy, reliability, and ease-of-use.”

Let’s take a closer look at some of the large-format 3D printer’s specifications. The Beast V2 has a resolution of 100 to 800 microns and layer heights as small as .01 mm (providing you have the appropriate nozzle). The printer is also equipped with a heated print bed and a fully enclosed print chamber. Though the printer’s print speed isn’t specified, the company says the Beast V2 is 40 percent faster than the original V1 model.

Also notable is the fact that the Beast V2 can accommodate dual-material 3D printing and comes with the option for “4x Synchronous Printing,” which enables users to print up to four models at a time on a single print bed. The Beast V2 unit also comes with filament detection sensors and auto-leveling sensors.

With modularity in mind, cultivate3D has also built the Beast V2 printer to be compatible with a range of different hotends, though it comes with built-in E3D Hotends. “In the unlikely event you don’t like the Hotends we supply, feel free to source and use your own. Chances are it’s compatible,” the startup says, adding that it only takes a few minutes to switch out hotends.

In terms of materials, the 3D printer supports most FDM filament types, including ABS, PLA, Nylon, PET, PETG, TPU, TPE, PP, ASA, HIPS, Ninjaflex, carbon-fiber filled filament, and many more.

At this point in the Kickstarter campaign, a few of the reward options have been exhausted, though some pledge options remain. A $2,076 pledge will get you the full Beast V2 3D printer kit including one E3D V6 Hotend and a Titan Extruder; and a $2,229 pledge will get you the Beast V2 Kit with Direct Drive. This option contains the full 3D printer kit plus a Titan Aero Direct Drive Hotend. Sadly, the multi-material and 4x Synchronous kits are sold out, but perhaps when the Kickstarter orders are filled they’ll reopen availability.

“We've put our heart and soul into this printer,” say the Herlihy brothers. “The Beast V2 is the culmination of countless ideas, arguments and solutions based on our experience with the previous model. This printer is our passion, it's everything we've been thinking about for the past 3 years. We hope this printer provides as much opportunity to evolve your ideas as it has ours and look forward to seeing pictures of all the crazy contraptions our clients come up with.”

You can see the full details of the Kickstarter campaign here.

 

 

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