3D PRINTED 3D PRINTER the Gmax, a build-it-yourself additive manufacturing device capable of a larger than average build volume of 41x41x23cm, has made its way onto Kickstarter.
Seen here first at The INQUIRER when we met with the printer's designer Gordon Laplante, who showed us the Gmax during its prototype phase in his living room design studio in Brooklyn earlier this year, the flap-pack 3D printer kit is now available to buy on the crowdfunding website from $1,095.
Those interested in buying one can pledge via two main forms: $1,095 for the entry-level model with "all essentials", or a $1,195 model complete with an LCD screen. Those picky about appearances can choose to have the Gmax printed in a colour of their choice for an extra $100. For $1,795, you can have the printer pre-assembled before delivery, though it's worth noting that shipping outside the US will cost an extra $300.
Built to work with Polylactic acid (PLA) plastic, the Gmax is created using a much smaller Reprap printer to print the individual pieces on a maximum bed size of 13x13x15cm.
"The Gmax will provide you the option to print larger, print smaller, or print something in between," the Kickstarter product description reads. "If you want to print one long continuous print, you now have the opportunity, rather than having to break the pieces up into smaller prints.
"Size also doesn't have to come at the sacrifice of quality since the printer is also capable of printing even small parts in amazing details down to 75 micron layer height."
Other notable features of the printer include a MK-7 drive gear extruder, a 4x4cm aluminium frame system and the ability to print without a computer via the LCD screen and SD card reader. It also works with most common open source software, such as slic3r and pronterface.
The Gmax project is looking for a goal of $50,000 before production can begin. So far, it's just under a third of the way there, reaching $13,957 at the time of publication, with 42 days to go. If the goal is reached, the sold Gmax models are estimated to ship sometime in November.
Laplante insists the Gmax is very easy to assemble, as buyers need only to "slide in and screw" the pieces together. µ
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