Once, it was enough for a 3D printer to be a 3D printer and little more. However, some of the best 3D printers on the market are now incorporating additional functionality.
Some of them include CNC milling features, while others offer carving and cutting capabilities. ZMorph has just unveiled the company’s latest offering – the ZMorph 2.0, which offers a host of different capabilities in a compact form factor.
The New ZMorph 2.0
ZMorph is billing the new printer as a true “multitool”, and from the specs, it doesn’t seem like the company is exaggerating much at all. It really does combine a host of different functions and features into a single, compact design.
So, what does it actually do?
According to the company, the ZMorph 2.0 is, “the most advanced, accessible and multifunctional fabricator designed and released” to date. It is geared for both home users and for small businesses.
Notably, these are two audiences that have been lacking in options when it comes to advanced functionality in compact printers.
You’ll find quite a few differences between the company’s two printers. The 2.0 version takes what was best about the original model and builds on it with a host of new features.
For instance, there’s a brand new closed loop system integrated into it that offers precision control. There’s a new full-color LCD screen (touchscreen), as well as new software.
However, perhaps the biggest news is that the ZMorph 2.0 incorporates not just CNC capabilities, but also laser engraving.
The printer will feature multiple tool heads, all of which will be easily interchangeable thanks to the more modular design. The build area is also completely enclosed for better control and safety for printed items.
One of the most important benefits here is that the company has introduced new change latches. These allow the printer’s functionality to be changed (from 3D printing to, say, laser engraving) without the need to recalibrate the printer.
That saves users a lot of time and frustration.
In terms of filament type, the new printer can use ABS, PLA, PVA, nylon, wood, and even metal and ceramic. The CNC milling function can use wood, Plexiglas, PCB, and other materials, too.
Of course, the printer isn’t quite ready for primetime. The company is accepting preorders now, but the printer won’t ship until close to June.
It will also set you back almost $2,700. That’s a bit steep, but considering the number of functions packed into this printer, it would be money well spent.