Compact 3D printers address novice users

October 02, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Compact 3D printers address novice users
With a range of new 3D printers RS Components expands its programme of products for additive manufacturing. User friendly interfaces and compact design make the new printers the ideal tool for newbies in this amazing production technique.

Additions to the RS catalogue include the Ultimaker 2 ‘Go’ and ‘Extended’ printers, that use Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology and allow the choice of a wide range of material filaments including popular choices such as PLA and ABS. The Ultimaker 2 ‘Go’ is a compact and lightweight 3D printer that offers a friendly interface, making it an ideal starter machine for users new to 3D printing, yet offering printing at a premium level. The Ultimaker 2 ‘Go’ is not equipped with a heated bed and therefore enables fast printing without delay. Offering a build volume of 120 x 120 x 115 mm, the machine’s slim-line design and dedicated travel case means the product is portable and is suitable for use across different locations.

The Ultimaker 2 ‘Extended’ printer offers some of the highest speed and accuracy found on any desktop 3D printer and offers a large build volume of 230 x 225 x 305 mm and a heated bed with an operating temperature range from 50 to 100°C. Specifications common to all the Ultimaker 2 printers include 0.02 mm layer resolution; build speed ranging from 30 to 300 mm/sec; a nozzle temperature of 180 to 260°C; nozzle/filament diameter from 2.85 to 0.4 mm; and stand-alone SD card printing for 3D-model file upload.

Designed to work in conjunction with 3D printers is the Matter & Form desktop 3D scanner. The scanner has a moving high-definition camera head with dual lasers and a rotating platform that delivers fast, easy and accurate scanning of 3D objects, often completing the task within a few minutes.

Capturing approximately 2000 points per second - ±0.25 mm precision and ±0.43 mm resolution and therefore providing a very high level of surface detail, this scanner rivals many of the more expensive 3D scanners currently available on the market. Offered in a foldable design with dimensions of 34.5(H) x 21(W) x 34.5/8.5 cm (L, open/closed) and weighing 1.71kg,


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