3D Printer Plans News Round Up For 09/04/2014
The Micro 3D Printer Racks Up Over $1.2 million On Kickstarter With 28 Days To Go
We knew the the ‘Micro 3D Printer‘ from M3D would be popular when they announced it back in February, but we didn’t realize the extent at which it would be. The Micro was launched only a couple of days ago and has already secured in excess of $1.2 million in funding on Kickstarter, making it the fastest selling 3D printer on Kickstarter.
So why has the Micro 3D Printer been so popular? Well, it’s probably the combination of great specifications at an insanely low price of just $199 to $299. The Micro can print at a layer resolution of 50 microns and can build objects that are 116 x 109 x 113mm in size. The printer gets its name from its small overall size which is just 185mm cubed and it weighs a mere 1kg.
Other cool features include a removable print bed and a 1/2 pound filament spool can be stored underneath the bed. Auto calibration also comes standard on the Micro. To compliment the simplistic design, M3D have created a equally simple piece of software. The fully touch enabled interface will give users the ability to print, customize and browse objects online.
If the Micro sounds like the printer for you, you’d better get onto M3D’s Kickstarter page quickly, as the majority of the less expensive pledges are already all taken.
Titan 1 SLA 3D Printer Set To Launch In The Near Future
SLA desktop 3D printers were few a and far between last year, but 2014 has already seen an onslaught of SLA based printers announced. Kudo3D’s Titan 1 is the latest SLA printer and it will be able to print large scale objects at high resolutions.
The Kudo3D team have aimed for improved printing capabilities, reliability and usability. The Titan 1 consists of high precision industrial grade bearings and components, that provide a smoother, more reliable printing process. A 1920 x 1080 resolution projector gives the Titan 1 a max Z resolution of 1 micron and an XY resolution of 37 to 100 microns. The Titan can print objects up to 192 x 108 x 24.3 mm in size.
Impressively, the Titan can print at 2.7 inches (69mm) an hour at a resolution setting of 100 microns in the Z plane. Kudo3D stated “For the SLA printers out in the market today, to print a 9.5 (241mm) inches Eiffel tower with 100 micron Z resolution, it takes anywhere from 15 to 20 hours. With Titan 1, it only takes about 7 hours. For a 4.7 inches (119mm) tall Eiffel tower, it takes only 2 hours.”
All this printing goodness comes at a respectable $1,999 for a DIY kit version or $2,249 for a fully assembled model. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on this one and with the upcoming crowd funding campaign, we’re sure to keep you updated. Find out more on Kudo3D’s website.
InMoov Robot Creator, Gael Langevin Interviewed
Gael Langevin’s InMoov robot really opened my eyes as to what the hobbyist 3D printing community is capable of creating. InMoov is the first open source 3D printed life sized humanoid robot and the Frenchmen has been building the robot since 2012, with the help of the printing community.
To start, Gael first designed and produced the hand and forearm. Since then he has created the entire top half of the humanoid robot, including the head. The open source community has sped up the design process and countless other projects have used his design.
Wevolver managed to get an interview with Gael at the 2014 Arduino Day in Amsterdam, where he was showing off his latest build. Check it out below.