Would Zortrax 3D printer be more suitable for developing countries?

Zortrax unveils the Zortrax M300 Dual – a new 3D printer with double extrusion

The quest for precision and the most advanced manufacturing features create a real race in the 3D Printing market, which leads to the release of 3D printers.

Following the release of three 3D printers last year (the M200 Plus, Inkspire and M300 Plus), Zortrax is now offering the M300 Dual with water-soluble support system (LPD Plus).

The M300 Dual

The 3D Printer is said to be professional and user-friendly 3D printer. The device allows users to work with two materials and the built-in extruder with a double hot-end and two separate nozzles enables models with an intricate geometry to be created – impossible on printers working with just one material.

The two nozzles alternately extrude the modelling material, which forms the printed object, and the support material, which creates the water-soluble support structure. The support does not have to be removed manually, which allows users to print models with a highly complex construction.  

New features of the 3D printer include: the blackout response system, Improved material end/jam detection, a large build volume (265x265x300 mm), as well as colour LCD touch screen.

One might think that the manufacturer targets developing countries with this new 3D printer. These countries sometimes face electricity outages, and the integration of the blackout response system would be a good way to allow them to use 3D printing technologies easily.

Indeed, the manufacturer explains that the system secures the printing process during a power outage. Built-in capacitors store enough energy to keep the printer going until the exact stage of progress is saved. Once the power is back on, the device asks whether to continue printing or start again. If “continue” is selected, printing resumes from the place where work stopped before the device turned off.

The dual-extrusion system and large workspace allow industrial-standard detailed and complicated printing, while maintaining the characteristics of a desktop printer. Our goal is to transfer the possibilities offered by an industrial printing to smaller, more user-friendly devices. The new M300 Dual is another step in this direction. Moreover, the M300 Dual is compatible with the Apoller smoothing device. We have created a comprehensive system enabling users to work using Zortrax devices,” says Rafał Tomasiak, CEO of Zortrax.

As far as materials are concerned, all Zortrax filaments for the M300 Dual – both base and support materials – will be available on spools.

The product will be available for purchase in mid-2019, the suggested retail price
is 4490 USD.

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