Aug.16, 2013

Isis3D, a Chicago-based 3D printer startup, has just released its revolutionary first product, the Isis One desktop 3D printer.

Founded in 2012 by two University of Chicago alumni, Steph Avalos-Bock and Marc Auger, Isis3D is a research and development lab committed to creating powerful 3D printers that are accessible to all.

Featuring a massive 300 x 300 x 225 mm (12 x 12 x 9 inch) build volume, the Isis One empowers users not only to iterate quickly but also to do short run production in house. The Isis One comes standard with the Budaschnozzle, which is famous for its stability, smooth high speed laydown, and trouble free operation. The printer further facilitates production printing with its LCD Smart Controller console, which allows standalone, computer-free printing.

The Isis3D features 20 Micron positional accuracy and "easy to use and remove" support material.

For achieving flawless layer stacking, the team concentrated much of their research and development efforts on the printer's linear motion systems. Isis One's rod-based linear motion system is claimed to be able to achieve solid, smooth, and quiet travel down the entire length of all three axes. By using a floating leadscrew nut design, the Isis One eliminates Z wobble, an often overlooked phenomenon that causes a vertical banding pattern in the printed object. "The printed spring that holds the leadscrew nut allows it to flex slightly in the X and Y planes, absorbing wobble perpendicular to the direction of travel, while communicating movement in the Z axis with perfect fidelity." writes the team.

Its software automatically generates easy-to-remove support material that allows the printing of absolutely anything. When the print is complete, the support material is simply broken away.

In addition, the print bed has perfect adhesion and never needs leveling, says the team.

The Isis One officially supports PLA, with some modifications to settings, it can also print in ABS, nylon, and polycarbonate.

The Isis One is open source and released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. You are free to download drawings, STLs, and bill of materials from

The Isis One desktop 3D printer is available for pre-order for US$2,199 (EUR1,659 / GBP1,407). Printers will begin shipping in about 8 weeks, each with a sample 1 kg roll of PLA filament. During the pre-order period, shipping is free within the continental United States and Canada.

"After building our own RepRap-style 3D printer, we were struck both by its huge potential and by how much it had fallen short. It was a terrible execution of a brilliant idea. The world needed an affordable and accessible machine whose print quality and reliability made it actually useful. Only then could the next industrial revolution begin." says the team.


Printer technology: Fused deposition modeling
Build area: 300 x 300 x 225 mm (12 x 12 x 9 in)
Build volume: 20,250 cm³
Maximum print speed: 200 mm/s
Filament: 3 mm PLA (supported), ABS, nylon, PC
Build platform: Heated glass
Maximum resolution: 20 μm X and Y; 50 μm layer height
Minimum feature size: 50 μm
Hotend: Budaschnozzle 2.0 with 40 W cartridge heater
Standard nozzle diameter: 350 μm

Electronics: RAMBo motherboard
Power requirement: 100-240 VAC
Printer dimensions: 350 x 450 x 550 mm (14 x 18 x 21 in)
Max power draw: 400 W

Connectivity: 4 GB SD card (included), USB (optional alternative)
Firmware: Marlin (preloaded and calibrated)
Software stack: KISSlicer PRO (included) or Slic3r; Pronterface Supports: Mac OS, Windows, Linux


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RIPOFF wrote at 2/6/2016 2:36:09 AM:

RIP off!! So many better 3D printers for less

paul wrote at 1/4/2014 6:23:35 AM:

can at least one reviewer please educate in technical speak those of us shopping for a printer? thats the real shame here

adam wrote at 8/29/2013 10:20:54 AM:

you get what you pay for, this is a nice machine imho

Barry wrote at 8/19/2013 8:09:20 AM:

Guys this thing is totally different than the mendlemax 2. Y'all should do your research

Stone wrote at 8/18/2013 9:43:58 PM:

low-cost reprap for 2.2k some kind of joke ? It is Crisis in 3D not isis3d, so much companies in this days try to polishing reprap and selling it as they copyrighted construction by foolish ppl that this is something new, come on this is reprap and always will be reprap till it running reprap electronics with reprap firmware and reprap software it belong to reprap OpenSource community not to some morons which want to rip 2.2k by foolish ppl that they selling something new and better than reprap.

OldCrow wrote at 8/18/2013 9:41:16 AM:

People must not be used to what hardware costs in the industrial CAM world. $2,200 is *cheap*.

shoufeng wrote at 8/17/2013 6:28:35 PM:

We probably need to redefine "revolutionary "...I guess after 3-5 years, 90% of such "reprap copy" company will disappear, like dot com companies many years ago...

Nick Lancaster wrote at 8/16/2013 11:59:43 PM:

That is not low cost. The mendal max 2 from is about the same price. Been around for quite some time. Can handle ABS out of the box. Also can be purchased in Kit form for even less.

diametric wrote at 8/16/2013 8:06:46 PM:

So, a MendelMax 2 rip-off that looks a little shittier and uses an i3 X axis? okay...

3dbleh wrote at 8/16/2013 6:08:27 PM:

hmmm... That printer looks familiar.

Richwt wrote at 8/16/2013 6:03:49 PM:

MendelMax 2.0 but for 500 dollars more? X carriage is a bit different?

Tim wrote at 8/16/2013 5:24:57 PM:

This seems awefully similar to the MendelMax 2.0. Mike Payson, the creator of the MendelMax is even credited!

James wrote at 8/16/2013 3:37:01 PM:

which part of 2.2kusd says low cost? you can buy 3 solidoodles with that dough.

Perplexed wrote at 8/16/2013 3:34:24 PM:

Is this just a MendelMax 2 clone?

CornGolem wrote at 8/16/2013 3:04:13 PM:

Minimum feature size: 50 μm ? I don't think so.

Frenky wrote at 8/16/2013 2:17:38 PM:

With price $2199 is everything but low cost.

bogdan wrote at 8/16/2013 1:16:28 PM:

I think this little upgraded Mendel is way to expensive for what it does! Price should be around 800 $ .

Ivo wrote at 8/16/2013 11:35:23 AM:

I bought a 3 printers DIY kit from and I can said that they have a low cost 3d printers just $499 for Mendel Max Sets. $2199 its a ridiculous price you can buy for this price printers like MakerBot Replicator 2 or Zortrax M200. I see no point in paying for RepRap $2199 LOL

sergevi wrote at 8/16/2013 10:20:02 AM:

low cost ? $2000 ? in which world are you living if you think about "democratizing" 3d printers ?? low cost = $500 for me.

Proteus wrote at 8/16/2013 9:40:32 AM:

I'm sorry, but is anyone else tired of the many "affordable 3d printers anyone can use" thay end up being just as expensive as the rest of them? Nice machine, but at $2.2K...

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