The MakeX M-One, a new Open Source DLP 3D printer, is creating quite a buzz on the internet recently. This new 3D printer utilizes DLP technology to realize 3D models.
So what is this DLP?
Digital Light Processing – a technology which uses a kind of projector technology to cure liquid resin filament, layer by layer. The 3D printed objects, created with this technology are far better, as compared to objects printed by typical 3D printers, which utilize Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology.
Is this a new technology?
No, DLP was invented long back in the 1980’s by Dr. Larry Hornbeck in Texas, United States. Digital Light Processing uses a projector to project the image of the cross section of an object into a vat of photopolymer (light reactive plastic). The projected light only selectively hardens the area specified in that image. The most recently printed layer is then repositioned to leave room for unhardened photopolymer to fill the newly created space between the print and the projector. Repeating this process builds up the object layer by layer.
Does the MakeX M-One live upto its hype?
The M-One offers the lowest material price and low maintenance expense. It’s compatible with all third-party resins, permitting you to use new materials at low costs. Its printing trace log system (PTLS) will establish any over-used space, maximizing the use of the silicone base layer. Users can also replace the silicone layer and the bulb by themselves for an awfully low price during their service life. The M-One also offers a simple and user-friendly software.
How can you get one?
The MakeX teams have submitted their project to Kickstarter and are trying to collect $100,000 USDin order to scale up their assembly line.
Their webpage mentions that 3 different editions to be launched “We offer a basic package with a Silver M-One, a special Black M-One edition, and a very limited, not yet unveiled Collector’s Edition package! Please stay tuned! ”
3Der’s.org reports that the expected price on Kickstarter for an everyday package is around $2K, whereas the first bird package starts underneath $1700, which incorporates a M-one printer, one bottle of organic liquid resin filament, and one end user maintenance Kit.