3D Printer Plans News Round Up For 25/04/2014
Large Mankati Fullscale XT 3D Printer Launched
China’s Shanghai Vision Technology company has launched the Mankati Fullscale XT 3D printer. The printer offers an enclosed print area, a full steel unibody, a heated print bed encased in rubber and a unique, patented extruder head made of Teflon. The Teflon allows for greater heat control and more accurate temperature readings, reducing the risk of those pesky nozzle clogs.
Users will be able to print in two colours or two materials with the Mankati’s dual extruders and can print objects that are up to 250 x 250 x 300mm in size. The printer has a minimum layer height resolution of 20 microns and has an X,Y axis precision of 125 microns. MankatiUM, a Cura based piece of software is used to control the printer and is compatible with Windows, MacOS and Linux.
The Mankati will be priced at around $1,500. Check out the video below of the Mankati printing a Honda NSX Concept car and head over to their website.
Stalactite DLP HD Printer Heads To Indiegogo
Many Indiegogo and Kickstarter 3D printer campaigns fall by the wayside, however the latest addition to the crowdfunding scene could shape up to be one of the more exciting projects we’ve seen lately. The Stalactite 102 DLP 3D printer from Barcelona-based company, Stalactite will produce high quality prints without breaking the bank.
Using UV curable resin, the 102 is capable of printing objects with a minimum layer resolution of 25 microns up to a size of 102mm x 76.8mm x 180mm. The 102 can operate in two separate modes, Normal, which prints at 100 microns across the X/Y plane. and Fine, which operates at 50 microns in the X/Y plane. DLP technology means 102 can print quicker than the majority of SLA machines on the market and much quicker than traditional FDM/FFF based printers.
The company has also developed four different resins, specifically formulated for the 102. Standard has been developed as an every day printing solution. Prototyping has similar properties to ABS and is ideal for engineering projects. The two more interesting resins are Elastic, a flexible resin, and Waxy, which has similar properties to investment casting waxes.
To complement the high quality components and materials, Stalactite will be including their own simple, yet elegant software. Much like the majority of 3D printing software on the market, the 102’s will allow for automatic support generation and a whole host of additional custom options.
Early birds will be able to purchase a Stalactite 102 for €1,850 (about $2,600), while those later to the show will have to pay €2,895 (about $4,000) on the company’s website. Find out more on Indiegogo.
Local Motors Begins First Test Prints For 3D Printed Car
Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) have started printing the first parts of the DDM (Direct Digital Manufacturing) 3D Printed car. The chassis/tub was created at ORNL using the hybrid additive/subtractive manufacturing technique they have developed. The hybrid machine uses a large diameter print head in conjunction with a router attachment on the same head to produce highly accuate parts.
Local Motors stated “We are starting with a carbon fiber infused ABS print of just a tub structure in order to build a test mule, which will rather simply be a chassis + powertrain capable of driving around and used to test the integrity of part, prove out the fastening and attachment techniques, and generally answer any other questions we have!”
The first print was supposed to take around 48 hours to complete, but failed at some point during the manufacturing process. Still, Local Motors and ORNL managed to snap a few pictures before the print failed.
Local Motors will be showing off the 3D printed electric car at the International Manufacturing Trade Show (IMTS) in Chicago later this year. The company has also launched a 3D printed “Car Design Challenge” to get the design community more involved in the project.
Source: Local Motors