Jun 7, 2014

Dean Piper's ambition is to bring the world a promising resin-based 3D printer at a fraction of the price of conventional solutions. In 2013, Piper launched mUVe 1 3D printer, an open-source, low-cost stereo-lithographic 3D printer which uses 405nm UV laser to build parts' layers one at a time. No part costs more than $20 to make or replace, except the reservoir which costs around $50 pre-assembled with non-stick surface.

Recently Piper has been busy working a new resin-based 3D printer, the beta mUVe 1 DLP 3D Printer. This printer is a cut-down version of the mUVe 1, gone are the X and Y axis as well as all of the laser components. This system allows mounting of nearly any projector that cures UV curable resins, including cheap 1024×768 pixel projector. It has extremely rigid case and chassis that will keep all your expensive components safe.

The new DLP printer will use the same Z-axis as the mUVe 1, as well as mUVe 3D's dual-motor tilting peel system. The whole system is adjustable, the focal capability and resolution can be adjusted with inexpensive add-on lenses, and the reservoir mount and Z axis can be lowered up to 100mm on the chassis. In addition you can easily increase your output resolution by purchasing a second projector mount and do dual output.

MUVe3D will offer a complete printer including a 1280 x 800 pixel projector for $1549. The team also plans on releasing the Full-HD model at 1920 x 1080 resolution soon which will cost $2,099. If you have your own DLP projector, the kit will cost you only $999.

What makes this machine unique is that you can buy a mount for your standard mUVe 1 SLA system, the Aluminum cased model, and add a projector to it. A little bit of calibration and viola, you now have a laser and DLP system in 1. "Never before has there been a 3D printer that started as a laser SLA machine only to become a dual-purpose or single-purpose machine," Piper says. "There are literally no other changes required to get the machine to operate." The mounting system only costs $145, but for the cost of a projector and a mount you can have a DLP printer.

"We had a lot of customers that were interested in the technology so we pushed as hard as we could to get it released in the store so they could order." Piper said. He expects the first kits will leave in the next 2~3 weeks.


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3d printing follower wrote at 6/22/2014 7:38:50 AM:

I obviously opened the box to look inside, but didn't take anything out of the wrappers. When I first purchased the printer there was a real flimsy, UNFINISHED instruction manual online. Yeah you read that right UNFINISHED, only describing how to assemble the base unit and then that was it (barely any pictures at that). Nothing fishy about my story, what's fishy is purchasing something for 2 grand and not having a clear cut way to assemble it, and refusing to take accept returns. He never clearly stated there were no returns on his site, and any company that doesn't say "no returns" but doesn't take returns, is super fishy. Like I said stay with a company a little better known.

jd90 wrote at 6/15/2014 10:14:46 AM:

I also have to ask how you know it didn't include a manual if you didn't even open the box. These two things are is fishy about your story.

jd90 wrote at 6/15/2014 10:13:08 AM:

3d_printer_follower: I'm pretty sure most 3D printer kits don't come with paper manuals. The ones I've built don't. They are all online: http://www.muve3d.net/press/supportsources/muve-1-documentation/

3d_printer_follower wrote at 6/8/2014 7:39:19 PM:

Don't be fooled by this company, I bought a printer from this guy. Worst purchase I ever made. It shipped with no Manual to assemble and I was left to figure out the entire process on my own. $1700 on something that I need to tinker and figured out too get to work? Spoke to the owner and he refused to refund even though I didn't even open the box. Save your money and get a printer from a better known company, this guy is a cash grab.

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