Mar 29, 2017 | By Tess

California-based 3D printer developer Kudo3D, maker of the Titan 1 and Titan 2 DLP 3D printers, has announced it will soon be releasing its second-generation SLA 3D printer. Dubbed the "Bean,” the new consumer desktop 3D printer is expected to launch via a Kickstarter campaign next month.

Kudo3D broke onto the 3D printing market in 2014 with its hugely popular Titan 1 DLP 3D printer. The company, which raked in an astonishing $687,116 through its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, got the maker community buzzing over its high-resolution, remarkably fast, and affordable SLA-DLP 3D printer.

Last year, Kudo3D updated its DLP 3D printer with the release of the Titan 2, which integrated a slightly larger build volume (7.5 in x 4.3 in x 9.8 in), and upgraded controls, performance, and functionality. Both the Titan 1 and Titan 2 3D printers offer users a maximum XY resolution of 23 microns, which made them both appealing for detail-oriented applications such as jewelry making, dental modeling, and engineering research.

More recently, however, Kudo3D has been working on the development of a desktop SLA-DLP 3D printer that could be more accessible in terms of cost. The Bean is the product of that effort.

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As Kudo3D founder, Dr. Tedd Syao, said: “3D printing is considered one of the next disruptive new technologies. However, what good is a new technology if a large group of people do not have access to it? We, at Kudo3D, hope to be the answer to this problem. It has always been our mission statement, and we have always worked towards providing the best for our users. We strongly believe that with the new printer, there will be a great shift towards the advancement of the 3D printing industry.”

As mentioned, Kudo3D’s new 3D printer is expected to launch through a Kickstarter campaign in April 2017, so until then our knowledge of the new SLA printer is rather limited. We do, however, have some details to share:

Described by Kudo3D as a “true consumer 3D printer,” the Bean SLA 3D printer is a compact desktop machine with overall dimensions of 8 in x 8 in x 16 in and a total weight of 15 lbs. Of course, this means its build volume is also relatively small (at 4.7 in x 2.8 in x 5.9 in), though for its lower price point, makers might be less concerned about its limited build size. The Bean 3D printer has an XY resolution of 50 microns and a maximum Z resolution of 10 microns.

From the early photos of the 3D printer, it seems the Bean integrates Kudo3D’s previous “bottom-up” printing technology. (Kudo3D is known for its patented passive self-peeling (PSP) technology, which utilizes a bottom-up SLA process and which reduces the separation force between the cured layers of the print and the resin container, resulting in a higher resolution.)

One of the most important features of the new 3D printer—its price—has not been divulged yet, though Kudo3D has indicated it will be “dramatically different from the current resin printers on the market.” Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming Bean SLA 3D printer.



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Casablanca wrote at 4/5/2017 12:46:34 PM:

This machine looks like D2K, KLD or wanhao D7 clone, just wonder why it takes 8 month to manufacture?

Yun wrote at 3/30/2017 2:40:16 PM:

Based on the build area and pixel size, it seems the new printer does not use DLP based projection, but it uses LCD panel as a light pattern generator like Wanhao D7 or Chinese YHD 3D printers. I guess the accurate pixel size is 47 microns and LCD resolution is 2560 x 1440. This explains the build area is 4.7 x 2.7 in. I wonder how affordable they can manufacture, but guess it might be around $700-1000 considering Wanhao D7 is currently $399 + shipping from China. Hope to see the new printer on Kickstarter soon! Thanks for the article.

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