At-home 3D printers tend to be pretty small. Desktop models dominate this segment of the industry.
However, one company is looking to change that. The Cheetah 3D printer is massive, and it’s fast to boot.
Of course, it’s much more costly than smaller desktop printers, but the speed and capabilities here might make this a worthwhile investment for hobbyists and small business owners. Larger companies will most certainly be interested, and the price won’t be an obstacle for them.
The Cheetah 3D Printer
The mind behind the Cheetah 3D printer is Hans Fouche. If you’re a fan of chocolate, you might know the name.
He’s also been instrumental in the 3D industry prior to the introduction of the Cheetah, having built his own chocolate 3D printer (with eight extruders and designed to print sculptures out of chocolate). Hans designed the new printer to be fast, and immensely capable.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Cheetah is its size – you just can’t overlook the thing, as it’s large enough to fill your garage. The print volume alone is 1,000 x 1,000 x 1,000 mm (yes, it’s huge).
You’ll also find that it’s aptly named. The Cheetah is up to 12 times faster than conventional desktop printers, and is able to churn out large prints in just hours (Hans printed a working lawnmower in just nine hours).
There’s another difference here as well. The Cheetah doesn’t use conventional filament rolls.
Instead, Hans designed it to work with plastic pellets, which gives it a significant boost in efficiency. Combine this printer with some of the other options on the market that allow you to turn household plastic waste into pellet form, and you’ve got a source of almost-free 3D printing fodder.
Here are the specs if you’re interested in getting your hands on a Cheetah (we’ll let you know how to do that shortly):
Material: ABS pellets
Build Volume: 1,000 x 1,000 x 1000 mm
Software: Anything that creates .dxf or .stl files
Nozzle Size: 3 mm upgradeable to 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 mm
Ready to get one of these massive 3D printers for your own needs? You’ll need to shell out about $8,500 for the honor.
In addition, you can’t pick one up from your local electronics store. You can only buy the Cheetah from Hans himself, via his website.
While it certainly is a significant investment, the increase in build volume, speed and efficiency should more than pay for itself in a very short time.