Pro 3D Printer to Be Launched

Although this illustration appears to be a man standing next to either a major appliance or a classic minicomputer from a company like Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) from back in the day. . . . . .it is actually a 3D printer that will soon be launched by German RepRap.

Although this illustration appears to be a man standing next to either a major appliance or a classic minicomputer from a company like Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) from back in the day. . .

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. . .it is actually a 3D printer that will soon be launched by German RepRap. Although the company is known for its personal printers based on the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process, this one is for commercial customers. (FFF, in case you’re wondering, is basically a process in which a plastic filament, such as PLA or ABS, is driven from a spool, through a heater that melts it, and then onto a platen in a directed manner so as to build up, layer by layer (with layer heights of up to 0.5 mm), the required object.)

The printer, as yet unnamed, as it will be introduced at the Euromold event in Frankfurt in late November, so the marketing people have some time to come up with a moniker, has a printing volume of 1,000 x 800 x 600 mm.

The company insists that this is not a scaled-up version of its X400 machine. The X400 has a print capacity of 400 x 400 x 350 mm.

Perhaps between now and Euromold the company will come up with a name that isn’t X1000. Something more imaginative, perhaps.