3D PotterBot Micro 8
3D PotterBot Micro 8
3D Potterbot Micro 8 is an entry-level 3D ceramic printer. It has all of the great features of our upper level models but in a smaller package and more affordable price.
New for 2018 - 3D Potterbot Micro-8
3D Potterbot Micro 8 is our latest affordable 3D ceramic printer. The usable built volume is more than adequate for the classroom environment and teaching institutions. It still has all of the same advantages that our larger machines have including direct nozzle extrusion and our unique traveling X and Y bed.
The main difference the Micro 8 has versus the larger machines is the drive motors. These are standard stepper motors which are quite adequate for the smaller build envelope.
This is an ideal machine for traveling or if you are going to transport it from one location to another on regular basis. Built rugged and ready for classroom, small production environment, universities, and ceramic institutes.
The 3DP Micro 8 design uses high-precision linear rails from IGUS, a completely new X and Y axis drive system with precision timing belt, and stepper motors. Our design utilizes traveling X & Y axis with stationary Z axis. The X-axis is allowed to travel freely on top of any flat surface. The Z axis and extruder use a reduction gearbox for faster and smoother prints.
The hard anodized linear rail with advanced plastic car bushings will give extended service life, even in harsh environments. By using timing belts we have decreased printing time by as much as 75% for small items.
Micro 8 uses our 1000ml direct nozzle extruder. Because the extruder is stationary, the clay comes directly out of the nozzle without any hoses, complicated air compressors, or augers. In addition, we are able to print superior quality prints with less air bubbles, in less time, and at larger scales.
Extruder tubes can be easily loaded from any standard pug mill or our new wall mounted hand loader. You can load 5 tubes in less than 10 minutes, that is 60 pounds of clay! The tubes can also be loaded manually with clay purchased from your local ceramic supplier. Clean up is easy and can be accomplished between loading tubes in less than a couple of minutes.
This touch screen Control Center is packed with features and options that make the stand-alone operation of our 3D Potterbot effortless. A simple SD card is inserted with the G code to run your prints. You have complete control over the printer & extruder by being able to adjust the speeds and flows easily through the touch screen. This touch screen is an integral part of our Arm core processor main controller board. (It's not an aftermarket add on.) It also has network compatible (optional) upgrade. This means no more USB cable, just log on to the network and you are in full control. Some of our customers are requesting standalone operation to run just the extruder. The same touch screen along with the main board can be utilized to run our extruder completely autonomous of any other device.
Bat diameter (printer bed): 10" (254mm)
Height to the top of the extruder fully extended is 45 inches
Average speed: 35 to 60 mm/s
Power: Output - 24V, Input: 110-220V, 50 60 Hertz (no 220V power plug supplied for customers outside of USA)
Power consumption: 24 volts ~2 amps
Main controller board running Smoothieware with Arm processor Cortex M3 100 - 120 Mhz
Touchscreen included - full control Standalone function, input either SD card with G-code or USB cable for direct control of printer. Recommended slicing programs Simplify3D, Cura, or Repetier.
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