Developers of 3D printers are focusing on making component improvements that help the printers print parts with better quality. For example, the X150 compact 3D printer, from German RepRap, has a fixed stable metal frame and high quality, generously dimensioned drives and shafts. These changes help remove distortion from the reinforced build platform (330 x 330 x 330 mm). The direct cooling by the object fan at the extruder output reduces material distortion, improving the printing of strong overhangs in particular.
The material feed has also been improved by the optimization of the extruder. Its 0.4 mm nozzle enables the production of highly detailed and precise prints up to a format of 150 x 150 x 150 mm. Thus, there is no need for a heated bed for materials such as PLA. A selection of different print plates is supplied with the printer so that the right print base is provided for every situation.
The standard version of the X150 3D printer communicates with the PC through USB. With an optional print box, users can activate and control a print through a web browser. The standard illuminated build envelope also simplifies the monitoring of print progress via a tablet or smartphone and webcam.
Like all 3D printers from the X model series, the X150 is a combination of open source technology and German engineering know-how.
Layer thickness: min. 0.1 mm
Print speed: 10 – 150 mm/s
Nozzel/filament diameter: 0.4 mm / 1.75 mm
Travel speed: 10 – 300 mm/s
German RepRap GmbH