One of the most interesting Kickstarter campaigns to launch this week is that of the Lathon, from Atlanta, Georgia designer Northal Alex Partansky. It’s a high performance 3D printer with a hefty build volume, dual nozzles and speedy printing that its inventor wants to price below the $4000 price range in which such machines generally fit. In fact, early adopters over at the crowd-funding website can order a Lathon kit for as little as $1,500 (that’s about £900).
Sound like a good deal? Then read on…
Partansky was driven to design the Lathon after purchasing his first 3D print kit back in 2012. Though excited by the possibilities of the technology, Partansky was disappointed to find that any device that cost less than four grand would, invariably, be pretty weak when it came to performance. He made it his mission to manufacture a device that would offer the user two nozzles, Bowden extrusion, an enclosed build area and an enclosed XY gantry, and he wanted to make it available to consumers on a budget.
After nine months of prototyping, the Lathon is ready for its crowd-funding launch and it looks like a very impressive machine.
The dual nozzle output allows the device to support two materials and two colours at once, so users can take their printing into far more interesting and inventive areas. For example, printing in more than one material allows the maker to print objects with support structures that can be dissolved after online casino the print has dried, meaning far more daring and imaginative shapes can be rendered.
With eight different materials supported by the Lathon – ABS, PLA, TPE, Nylon, HIPS, PVA, Carbon Fibre and Wood – you can fire off models with parts of varying solidity or multiple colours. See, for example, the two die below, one printed in white and pink PLA, the other in blue and grey ABS.
It also boasts a large enclosed build volume of 12” x 9” x 8” and speeds that hit 150 mm per second. The enclosed building platform maintains the temperature evenly throughout the entire print job, which prevents ABS from curling.
Controlling the system is made simple, thanks to the graphic LCD screen panel and SD card connectivity that allows you to get to work without even being logged on to a computer.
With 29 days left in the campaign, the Lathon has currently collected $12,935 of its $80,000 goal. Pledges above $1,500 bag Lathon kits, while a fully assembled Lathon can be ordered for a pledge of $2,000 or more. Want to know where your pledge is going? Check out the funding breakdown below, which is taken directly from the Kickstarter page.
It’s due to ship next September, so keep your eyes open for the Lathon towards the end of 2014.