Jan 19, 2017 | By Benedict

PrintSpace 3D, the Idaho 3D printer manufacturer behind the Altair line of delta 3D printers, has introduced the Altair 3 Pro, a fully enclosed delta 3D printer. The machine was first seen at the ACTE Education Conference in December, and is also available as a non-enclosed printer.

Many 3D printer users favor delta-style 3D printers over “normal” Cartesian-style printers in order to achieve faster printing and occasionally taller prints. However, partially because of their three-columned structure and circular build plate, you don’t often see delta 3D printers with enclosed build areas. It’s just not as easy to stick a door on a delta as it is on a boxy Cartesian printer. PrintSpace 3D, a delta 3D printing specialist from Rexburg, Idaho, is looking to change all that by introducing the Altair 3, a delta printer available in both an enclosed (Pro) and an open-air version.

First seen at the ACTE Education Conference in Las Vegas on December 1, the Altair 3 3D printer comes with a front-end LCD display panel and Micro SD and USB connectivity as standard. The front panel control lets users print, calibrate, control print settings, and view print progress, while other features like a “state-of-the-art” three-minute calibration system make the printer easy to use. The machine also comes with a high-quality FlexPlate, allowing prints to be easily and carefully removed from the printer.

“Altair 3 Pro is perfect for professional engineers as the device allows them to produce parts in materials like polycarbonate, nylon and ABS in a fully enclosed environment to prevent warping,” PrintSpace 3D says. “Its ability to print with a 40-micron or better layer height also gives them the ability to print very fine detail for critical components.”

Following the style of the Altair 1 and 2, the Altair 3 will be recognizable to users of PrintSpace 3D equipment, though the fully removable enclosure and metal frame construction are entirely new. The enclosure comes standard with the “Pro” version of the 3D printer, but an open-air version is also available for those not concerned with maintaining an even build area temperature. Both versions come with an all-metal PrintSpace 3D NOVA hot end, capable of heating up in 90 seconds and printing at temperatures of up to 300 degrees celsius.

Standing 27 inches tall and weighing 16 pounds, the Altair 3 can print parts eight inches in diameter and up to 11 inches high, and is compatible with a number of materials, including PLA, PETG, ASA, nylon, flexible filament, woodfill, metallicfill, and carbon fiber PLA. The 3D printer also packs some style with its substance, with its sequence of blue lights making the delta printer look as sleek and modern as it is.

Although the Altair 3 could be operated by a range of users, PrintSpace 3D sees the education sector as a particularly important market for its new machine. “Educators appreciate the printing speed, quick set-up time, and reliability,” the company says. “They also see the value in a unit that is so versatile yet easy to use, making it the perfect device for students to learn on while also supporting advanced users’ elaborate projects.”

The Altair 3 is available to buy for $3,599.99; the Altair 3 Pro costs $3,899.99.



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kb wrote at 1/25/2017 8:29:45 PM:

This printed has nothing special to justify that price tag. Maybe there' s a typo? Isn't it $359.99?

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