Apr. 28, 2015 | By Alec

The high number of start-ups appearing in the 3D printing community definitely shows that it’s a viable, potent and promising market, but unfortunately it’s not always gold that glistens. Many start-ups unfortunately don’t immediately live up to their expectations or are able to create the response they deserve. While many disappear from sight, others are tenacious, bide their time and enhance their product for success. Just look at the Taiwan-based start-up Reify, who are now almost ready to launch their affordable DLP-based stereolithography Solus 3D printer.

The story of the Solus DLP 3D printer shows that, if at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up. This 3D printer has been under development for more than two years now, with one goal: to bring a high-performing but low-cost stereolithography to the people. Both Reify’s 3D printer and its sample products have been looking promising for a while now, but they have been struggling with getting production going. An Indiegogo campaign in November 2014 raised an impressive $26,000 in pledges, but that was still below their goal of $50,000.

But its developers didn’t give up, as they saw plenty of encouragement to move on with production. Over the past few months they have been improving and optimizing their DLP-based resin 3D printer. As they explain to 3ders.org, they have been specifically seeking to make a machine perfect for the jewelry and miniatures market. ‘We have made various improvements including a magnetic projector mount, enclosed mirror, quartz optical path, THK bearings and upgraded motor drivers. Although we have made many upgrades, the patent-pending separation mechanism is the same as the original, and the key to our remarkable level of detail and surface finish.’

The new and improved Solus model runs on thoroughly tested Creation Workshop software, though all software parameters are open to suit the user’s needs. ‘Therefore Solus will work with a wide range of 3rd party resins, including castable resins,’ they explain to us. The current Solus is capable of 3D printing at two different ways: either at 25 microns with a 48x27x80mm build area or at 41 micron resolution with a larger 80x45x80mm build area. A DLP projector will also be necessary to use the Solus (either an InFocus In8606HD or Vivitek H1185HD).

The Solus is set to be priced at $2299 USD (projector not included). But even with the cost of a projector, it is still set to be much cheaper than other stereolithography-based 3D printers. And if the photos are anything to go by, the quality of the machine is excellent. Pre-orders are set to begin soon at Reify’s website here


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Roman wrote at 7/16/2016 1:00:06 PM:

Tony, Solus dies not have their own resun, the printer is capable of using any resin, and most often the B9 resin is used. So your statement makes no sense. But I'm glad you are loving your job again )

John wrote at 1/22/2016 1:37:13 AM:

I would have to see sample parts to beleive that this would be a better investment than a B9, i cant see Tony's cvomments about it being better than an Envisiontec being at all accurate

Tony wrote at 11/1/2015 6:36:14 AM:

I am a professional jewellery caster...I thought that b9 creator was the the best 3d resin to cast...but I am sorry,,,Solus ..is way superior...not only the casting but the resolution...Solus has the best resolution...better than Envisiontek...B9 Creator..Asiga pico....Project1200...Solus is so smooth and easy to direct cast ...I am loving my job ..again.

ALVARO VELASCO-CO NAME AVANTI IMOPRTS wrote at 8/18/2015 11:09:43 AM:

im realy iterester in getting one of your printer. my name is Alvaro Velasco phione is 619-9303445 e mailis velascosdeigns@yahoo.com i hope to get in contact soon we have at the moment 4 slidcape t66 bt2 2 jw-10 mills i envisiotec perfactory 1 b9 very desatisfied

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