The top three 3D printers, scanners and other whatsits that have come to our attention over the last seven days.
The RepRap Industrial is a RepRap for a professional environment
For the uninitiated, RepRap is a project focused on the development of a 3D printer that can print most or all of its own components. Based on open sourced designs and free-licensed software, variations on RepRap devices have been created in their hundreds over the last six years.
As you would assume considering the scope of the project, RepRap’s have mainly been hobbyist and consumer targeted machines. The RepRap Industrial, however, from German duo Kuhling and Kuhling looks to have the size and power to take on industrial quality rapid prototyping.
Offered pre-assembled from the Kuhling and Kuhling website, the RepRap Industrial is perhaps the most muscular member of the RepRap family yet produced, with a focus upon long term continuous operation under a heavy workload. With a fully enclosed chamber heated to 70 degrees, durable materials such as ABS and PA/Nylon can be printed without warping to a 0.1 mm resolution.
As well as the large dimensions and the large build volume (200 x 185 x 280 mm), it comes equipped with a 10 inch touch screen control panel, network connectivity, dual extruders and the capacity to hold 2.3kg filament spools. For a price of just 5,000 Euros (£4,227), that offers terrific value for money for a professional 3D printer.
The Snap 3D Printer hits Kickstarter
Our favourite Kickstarter campaign of the week comes courtesy of TJIKO Labs, whose Snap 3D Printer just went live on the crowd-funding site. Pitched as the first 3D printer that can be assembled without fasteners, the Snap is designed to be accessible to even users with no experience of putting together hardware.
Comprising framework made from HDPE high density polythene, the Snap will be lightweight, strong and portable. The simplicity of assembly makes it fully customisable for every level of end-user but it is not just the promised design that makes the device interesting. It also comes with a heated print-bed, J-head nozzle, 100 microns resolution, an LED light and support for ABS, Nylon 3 and PLA filament, which makes the creation of versatile, ultra-smooth objects easy.
With a build-size of (H x L x D) 10” x 8” x 8”, it can create objects larger than those of the Replicator and Cube. The full kit can be snapped up for a pledge of just $799 on Kickstarter.
With 31 days left to go on the campaign, $3,960 has been pledged of the $25,000 target.
The da Vinci 1.0 from the New Kinpo Group
A sleek little machine that has emerged from Japan this week, the da Vinci 1.0 promises to ‘revolutionise the way you live.’ We’re not sure about that, quite, but for an online price of just $499 (£306) and with some impressively powerful specs, it certainly looks like a solid entry level consumer device for those taking the first step into 3D printing.
Operating under the banner title of XYZprinting, the group’s goal is to compete with and, eventually, outsell Makerbot and become the world’s leading 3D printer brand by the end of 2014. To do this, it intends to add at least four more models over the next twelve months. For naked ambition alone, that makes this one to watch next year.
Anybody in this part of the world who wants to get their hands on one, however, will have to wait until the European shipping date next March.