Jan 27, 2016 | By Andre

German RepRap, a well established player in the 3D printing world, has recently announced the X150 3D Printer, the second generation version of their already successful NEO 3D Printer. This new edition comes equipped with a variety of optimizations over the previous model.

While the printer body (330x330x330 mm) and print volume (150x150x150mm) remain consistent with the original, the devil appears to be in the details with X150 3D Printer. Included out of the box is a distortion free and adhesion optimized build plate, controllable object and direct cooling fans, and a standard 0.4mm nozzle it appears optimizations in consistency have been addressed.

The X150 still doesn’t have a heated build plate but considering this unit falls into the entry-level, economy range of 3D printers that’s not much of a surprise. With an extruder that can safely reach up to 265°C, in addition to an adhesion consious treated build-plate, common materials like PLA, PETG, Laywoo-D3 and others should print just fine.

In terms of software, Repetier and Slic3r are included straight out of the box but the 3D Printer is also compatible with Simplify3D if you wanted to spend a little extra. From my experience, the open-source software included is more than enough to get you by. For connectivity, a direct PC to 3D Printer USB connection is needed for out-of-the-box printing but you’re also able to upgrade by purchasing the 3DPrintBox, an external controller that allows for web-based wireless 3D printing.

The flexibility of features available is most certainly a result of the open nature behind the X150 3D Printer. They proclaim that, “like all our 3D printers, the X150 is a combination of open source technology and German engineering know-how.” This makes plenty of sense for a 3D printer made by a company that has RepRap in its name.

While this 3D printer doesn’t have all the bells and whistles common in some other desktop 3D printers on the market today it promises reliability, high-quality German manufactured parts and has a proven track record. This said, the price point of €1.368,50 / $1,399USD does seem a little bit steep when compared to some similarly featured desktop 3D printers on the market today.

In the end, the X150 is a beautifully designed entry-level 3D printer that focuses on quality and consistency with some flexibility to upgrading thanks to its open-source origins. I should note, while comparing the specs between the first-generation NEO 3D Printer (released in 2013) and this edition, the information available is a little vague regarding how much the machines differ. But considering the NEO 3D Printer was so well received, this similarly priced second generation machine is a welcome addition to the low-cost 3D Printer market of today.

German RepRap X150 Specs:

Build platform* (XxYxZ) 150 x 150 x 150 mm / 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 in, illuminated
Print speed 10 – 150 mm/s
Travel speed 10 – 300 mm/s
Position accuracy (X/Y) +/- 0.1 mm
Layer high 0.1 mm
Filament / Nozzle diameter (standard) 1.75 mm / 0.4 mm
Consumables PLA, Performance PLA
Extruder type Single DD, direct cooling
Extruder temperature (max) 265° C / 509° F
Print bed technology not heated
File transfer USB, Wifi or Ethernet optionally
Software included Repetier, Slic3r
Power consumption (max) 60 W
Operating voltage* 115 / 230 V
Ambient temperature 15 – 26°C / 59 – 78.8°F
Dimensions (WxDxH) approx. 330 x 330 x 330 mm / 13 x 13 x 13 in
Weight approx. 6 kg / 13.23 lbs
Standard DIN 10218-2
Options PrintBox, Simplify3D Software
Nozzles available 0.3 / 0.5 mm
Technology FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication)
*depends on the configuration



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