Apr 25, 2017 | By Benedict

Kentstrapper, a 3D printing company based in Italy, has announced the launch of MAVIS, its new large-format 3D printer. The 3D printer boasts automatic calibration, a smart GUI, and a 400 x 700 x 700 mm build volume, and can be used for large-scale prototyping.

After building a reputation in the consumer 3D printing world with its Verve desktop 3D printer, Italian 3D printing company Kentstrapper has decided to tackle a new market: industry. MAVIS, the company’s new large-format 3D printer, is a bigger and more powerful machine than the Verve, and is packed with features and material possibilities that make it ideal for professional use.

According to Firenze-based Kentstrapper, the new MAVIS 3D printer has four key features, all of which come in handy when using a 3D printer in an industrial environment. “In this 3D printer we have introduced new systems in order to simplify and speed up the interaction between man and machine,” Kentstrapper says.

The first of these features is the 3D printer’s automatic calibration system, presumably used to tell the print head exactly where the print bed is. Automatic calibration is becoming more common in 3D printers, especially for applications where both speed and accuracy are of the essence, and customers in industry will be able to make use of this feature so they can save time for more important matters.

The second feature of MAVIS that Kentstrapper is keen to highlight is the 3D printer’s smart GUI, which the company says offers a “dynamic point of view.” In this user-friendly interface, colored icons and symbols allow users to enter commands in an intuitive way, while similarly simple feedback is presented on the 3D printer’s five-inch touchscreen display.

The third and fourth key features of the large-format MAVIS 3D printer are both designed to avoid failed prints. The first, which Kentstrapper calls its “Filament Guardian,” is a filament monitor that pauses printing when the 3D printing material runs out, rather than attempt to keep printing with thin air. The second, which the company calls its “Phoenix System,” safely pauses printing when power is disconnecting, ensuring that a print job is never ruined by a power outage.

The Filament Guardian and Phoenix System would be useful features on any 3D printer—and indeed, these kind of additions are much more common than they were a decade ago. But they are especially important for professional use. Nobody wants their personal 3D printing projects spoilt, but when printing failure happens in the workplace, the knock-on effects can become exponentially more serious.

In addition to its four main features, the Kentstrapper MAVIS 3D printer also has user-friendly connectivity and security in mind. An Ingresso USB Key is used to charge and print, while the machine can also be controlled through a WiFi connection. Add in an optional dual extrusion feature and a 100°C heated print bed, and the MAVIS starts to look like a serious industrial 3D printer.

The price for the MAVIS 3D printer has not yet been specified, but we look forward to seeing how the 3D printer is received when it becomes available to buy.

Kentstrapper MAVIS 3D printer specs

  • Build volume: 400 x 400 x 700 mm
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 - 0.8 mm
  • Extruder temperature: 180 - 260°C
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
  • Materials: ABS, PLA, Laywood, Laybrick, Nylon, PET, XT…



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