Consumer-oriented 3D printer includes self-levelling, configuration
A small 3D printer that launched on Kickstarter reached its crowdfunding goal within 11 minutes. The Micro, a compact 3D printer that hopes to offer the same printing options as the MakerBot Replicator series and other devices but with a more user-friendly approach, has soared past its $50,000 target with 29 days of the campaign left to run.
Plastic models up to 18 inches in height can be printed on Replicator Z18
MakerBot has opened up pre-orders for its latest 3D printer, made for those wanting to make larger 3D-printed prototypes or products than previous versions are capable of producing. The Replicator Z18 is the biggest in the MakerBot range, capable of printing objects up to 18 inches tall on a 12 by 12-inch build platform, giving it a printable capacity of 2,592 cubic inches.
New printer can print models with a single material, or fiber fusion
The main weakness of commercial-grade 3D printers is the tensile strength of the objects printed, according to printer company Mark Forged. The new Mark One 3D printer, unveiled at the SolidWorks World Convention in San Diego, CA, is the first multi-material printer for small print runs designed for carbon fiber extrusion, either solely or in conjunction with fiberglass, nylon, and PLA plastic.
Standard version priced at $2,849, including material cartridges
BotObjects, the creators of the ProDesk3D printer, has opened it up for pre-orders. Billed as the world's first full-color 3D desktop printer, the ProDesk3D is going on sale in two different versions, one in orange and a limited edition version with blue coloring and extra equipment, with the first shipments due to be sent by the first of October.
Device able to print 5.5-inch 3D objects from PLA, ABS plastic
Office supply chain Staples has started selling 3D printers through its online store, and a number of its retail locations by the end of June. The store is stocking the Cube 3D printer from 3D Systems, a personal desktop 3D printer capable of creating an object measuring 5.5-inches in height, width, and depth from ABS and compostable PLA plastic.