Apr 23, 2018 | By David

Founded in 2013, 3D printer manufacturer M3D has achieved an impressive degree of success in the market as a result of its creative 3D printing solutions. The company will soon be releasing an exciting new product known as the Crane Quad, which is the seventh 3D printer developed by M3D. Released alongside two other 3D printers in the Crane range, the Bowden and the Dual, the Crane Quad is capable of printing with a full-color palette. It’s one of the most affordable multi-material FDM machines with full-color palette 3D printing released so far.

The market for affordable multi-filament 3D printers has so far been limited, as this type of printing requires a level of expertise that most casual users might not possess. Maryland-based M3D has now decided that enough hobbyists out there have the skills to pull off their own multi-color prints, and it is offering them full-colour palette 3D printing starting from just $399 for pre-orders of the Crane Quad. As well as the Quad, the Crane Dual also offers an impressive level of color printing, starting at $299. The Crane Bowden is the basic version of the range, for less experienced users to get to grips with single-filament extrusion 3D printing technology, and it's available for as little as $199. The whole range should be ready for shipping sometime in the third quarter of 2018.

With the Crane Quad’s innovative 3D printing technology, users can now print more than 50,000 colors by simultaneously extruding up to four different standard 1.75 mm filament materials. The basic CMYK (cyan, magenta and yellow, with black, white or transparent as keys) colors can be combined to effectively create any type of color palette on the spectrum. The combination of multiple materials in a single print also enables users to bring together the advantages of different filaments’ varied physical characteristics in a single object with unique new properties. Multi-material extrusion means that users can also allocate different materials between support, wall and infill, making it easier to print more elaborate structures.

The key to the Crane Quad’s filament-blending is the new, one-of-a-kind print head, the QuadFusion. This direct-drive extruder is equipped with four motors, three fans, and a 0.35 mm mixing nozzle. All the 3D printers in the Crane range run off a new open-source controller board known as the Duet 2 Maestro. This was co-designed and made in partnership with RepRap electronics firm Duet3D. The board features five-axis motion control, with an unprecedented 256 microstep resolution, 120 MHz Atmel/Microchip ARM processor, and micro USB and micro SD card ports.

(source: M3D)

M3D Crane Quad Technical Specifications:

  • Build volume: 214 x 214 x 230 mm (8.4 x 8.4 x 9.05 in)
  • 214 x 214 mm (8.4 x 8.4 in) heated bed (capable of reaching up to 100°C)
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.35 mm (0.013 in)
  • Nozzle temperature: 100-270 degrees Celsius
  • Nema 17 motors for X, Y, Z
  • Print speed: 80 mm (3.14 in) /second
  • Material diameter: 1.75 mm (0.07 in)
  • LCD screen display
  • Untethered printing via 512 MB SD card
  • Ethernet webhost interface (Dual and Quad only)
  • Bed level sensor (Dual and Quad only)
  • File format: G-code, AML, OBJ, STL
  • 48w cartridge heater for faster printing
  • 2020 and 2040 aluminum extrusions, coated steel V rollers
  • Host computer software: Cura
  • Compatible with 3D printing filaments: PLA, ABS, ABS-R, ABS-R3, Carbon Fiber, Tough, Tough 115A, ASA, POM, PVA, PVB, TPU, PETG
  • 24v DC Meanwell power supply
  • Fully assembled
  • Product weight: 8.5 kg (18.7 lbs)
  • Package weight: 10.5 kg (23.15 lbs)
  • Product size: 380 x 480 x 430 mm (15 x 19 x 17 in)
  • Package size: 450 x 550 x 500 mm (18 x 22 x 20 in)

 

 

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