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Open source and 3D printing
Arduino to sell 3D printer$800 in kit form or $1,000 pre-assembled
Open source hardware maker unveils Materia 101, a precision 3D printer.
Jon Brodkin-Sep 30, 2014 7:08 pm UTC
Arduino, maker of theopen source hardware platformof the same name, is teaming up with a startup calledSharebotto sell a 3D printer for about $1,000.Further ReadingHome 3D printers take us on a maddening journey into another dimension
Announced today, Materia 101 will be demonstrated at the Maker Faire in Rome this weekend. An on-sale date has not been revealed.
The printer will be available only on theArduino Storeboth as a kit and pre-assembled, the announcement said. Official pricing of the device will be disclosed at a later date but the kit will sell for less than 600 EUR/800 USD, while the pre-assembled version will be available for less than 700 EUR/1000 USD.
Materia 101 is a precision 3D printer powered by theArduino Mega 2560. Like all Arduino products, hardware documentation will be open.
The collaboration with Sharebotwhich has been also opening different parts of its previous printerswill lead to the release of all technical drawings, mechanical documentation, and customizedMarlins firmwareof this printer, Arduino said.
Home 3D printers can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands. Even expensive modelscan be frustrating, so the Materia 101s price could be a fair one if it works reliably. Arduinos single-board computers have beenused by hobbyists to build 3D printers, though the Arduino company has not previously offered its own printer.
Arduinos announcement listed the devices technical characteristics:
Printing technology: Fused Filament Fabrication
Printing area: 140x100x100mm +/- 5mm
Optimal temperatures with PLA: 200-230
Tested and supported filaments: PLA
Unsupported but tested filaments: Cristal Flex, PLA Thermosense, Thermoplastic Polyuretane (TPU), PET, PLA Sand, PLA Flex
Electronics board: Official Arduino Mega 2560 with Open Source Marlin Firmware
Preloaded with PLA printing presets
Extruder block with filament pressure regulation
AdaFruits blogpointed out that the Arduino printer appears to have features similar to theSharebot Kiwi 3D, which sells as a kit for €570 (about $720).
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