RS Components extends 3D printing portfolio
04 October 2015
RS Components has added a host of new 3D printing systems to its range, enabling the rapid prototyping of products by electronics and mechanical designers and engineers.
New products include the Ultimaker 2 ‘Go’ and Ultimaker 2 ‘Extended’ printers which are based on the widely used Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology and allow the choice of a wide range of material filaments, including popular choices such as PLA and ABS.
The Ultimaker 2 ‘Go’ is a highly compact and lightweight 3D printer that offers a friendly interface, making it an ideal starter machine for users new to 3D printing, yet offering printing at a premium level. The unit is not equipped with a heated bed and enables fast printing of build volumes up to 120 x 120 x 115mm.
Meanwhile, the Ultimaker 2 ‘Extended’ printer (illustrated) offers a large build volume of 230 x 225 x 305mm and a heated bed with an operating temperature range from 50 to 100°C. Specifications common to all the Ultimaker 2 printers include 0.02mm layer resolution; build speed ranging from 30 to 300mm/s; a nozzle temperature of 180 to 260°C; nozzle/filament diameter from 2.85 to 0.4mm; and stand-alone SD card printing for 3D-model file upload.
Designed to work in conjunction with 3D printers is the new Matter & Form desktop 3D scanner, which features a moving high-definition camera head with dual lasers and a rotating platform that delivers fast, easy and accurate scanning of 3D objects, often completing the task within a few minutes.
Capturing approximately 2,000 points per second - ±0.25mm precision and ±0.43mm resolution, this scanner is offered in a foldable format with dimensions of 34.5(H) x 21(W) x 34.5/8.5cm(L, open/closed) and weighing as little as 1.71kg, the fully assembled and tested scanner captures objects that are up to 18cm in diameter and up to 25cm high, and can save scans in .STL, .OBJ and point-cloud .PLY formats.
The final product in RS Components' extended 3D printing portfolio is the Dremel 3D Idea Builder printer, which is an exceptionally easy-to-use, consumer-friendly 3D printer that enables fast set-up. Its fully featured design includes a 3.5in colour touch screen panel and a pre-installed extruder, as well as intuitive software, including Autodesk software CAD tools specifically tailored for use in 3D printing.
Key specifications include: a removable platform – offering a build volume of 228 x 149 x 139mm – for precise object removal; layer resolution of 0.1mm; and usage of 1.75mm PLA filament, which is suitable for home use.
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