Solidoodle, a Brooklyn-based printer manufacturer, is adding a new set of 3D printers in the market: the Press, Workbench and Workbench Apprentice.
The Solidoodle Press is designed to meet the interests of amateur and professional 3D printing enthusiasts. The company has opened up a limited quantity of pre-orders for the Press at $349. However, the price is expected to jump up to its stipulated price of $599.
Currently, the Press is being touted as the “greatest revolution” in the consumer 3D printing industry. It is perfect for those in need of a plug-and-play machine. It has a less daunting-look as compared to previous Solidoodle printers, which constituted of metal frames or big black boxes.
Solidoodle Press Features
However, aside from its size, the Solidoodle Press has specifications that compare to other affordable printing options such as the XYZ Printing Da Vinci or Cubify Cube 3.
It prints using PLA and ABS printing materials, which are the most common in the 3D printing industry. The Press has a print resolution of up to 100 microns and a build volume of 8 x 8 x 8 inches.
The USB ports available on the printer’s body allow users to send print jobs from their PC’s. The printing process involves the use of SoliTouch Technology. Clicking on the print option will print the fabricated object without the necessity for manual calibration.
The Press is set to create a seamless user experience in the 3D printing industry with its re-engineered internal setup. It has a heated and auto-leveling platform that minimizes the possibility of common printing errors. The platform has to be maintained at a slightly warm temperature to protect the objects from warping as they cool. The auto-leveling feature levels the platform without the necessity of intervention from the user. In addition, it has a redesigned filament guide designed to reduce tangling.
The appearance of the Press is quite a character and a great departure from the boxy style. Its curved corners closely resemble those of the Darth Vader’s 3D printer. The printer is almost entirely black and completely enclosed. It is the perfect device for those who have pets and young children around.
Other Solidoodle Models to Be Released
The release of the Solidoodle Press will be backed up with other revamped Solidoodle 3D printers: the Workbench and the Workbench Apprentice. These two designs are built using traditional metal frame and are a suitable option for those in need of smaller or larger print beds.
The Workbench has the capability to create objects of up to 12 x 12 x 12 inches and 6 x 6 x 8 for the Workbench Apprentice. Heated print beds and dual extruders are a common feature for the two printers.
With the introduction of the Press, Workbench and Workbench Apprentice, Solidoodle is discontinuing its 2nd and 3rd generation printers. The company is also phasing out Solidoodle 4, which is set to be available until the new printers start shipping. Solidoodle Press will be out this fall but is currently available for preorder.