Even the best 3D printers on the market have an Achilles’s heel – the extruder. Every single FDM printer out there uses an extruder to print heated filament and create the desired design.
It’s the single most essential piece on a 3D printer. For all that importance, there are some shortcomings with modern designs.
E3D wants to get around those problems with its brand new, high-performance 3D printer extruder.
The New Titan Extruder
The Titan extruder is a newly designed solution to the problem of precision and accuracy that so many makers face. It’s lightweight, and designed to be compatible with just about any 3D printer (FDM).
Ultimately, the team at E3D decided to create an extruder that offered the performance of the Greg-Wades extruder, but one that featured direct drive technology. They also decided to go with compatibility with all types of filaments, as well as high-speed printing capabilities.
Somehow, they managed to package this in a low-price format, too.
According to the company, the new Titan extruder offers the best performance to weight ratio available, and it should be capable of installation on just about any type of 3D printer (thanks to its standard NEMA17 mounting). With that being said, if your printer doesn’t support NEMA17, and many from Makerbot and other companies do not, then this extruder will not fit.
E3D stated that the gearing ratio is 3:1, which supposedly offers the best possible torque, and it’s built from both resin and steel for better durability and reliability. It also features a self-lubricating idler lever, and supposedly requires no calibration even if you change the filament diameter.
For those interested in owning a total E3D system, the Titan extruder will soon be joined by a complete 3D printer. E3D has announced that it will be debuting the BigBox 3D printer sometime in 2016.
Of course, the company has not announced any specs for the new printer, but for many makers, it might be worth the wait so that you can get the total package. However, if you only need the extruder and have the right mounting setup, this is definitely the more affordable option.
It should be available on the market very soon, and will set US buyers back around $60 or so.