3D Printing

Saelig Debuts New Affordable Prototyping 3D Printer

10th February 2012
Nat Bowers

Saelig announces the availability of the Replicator, an affordable, personal 3D printer offering 1- or 2-color printing of solid objects. The Replicator runs open-source 3D-printing code and is compact enough to fit on a desktop. Ready within minutes to start printing right out of the box, The Replicator fabricator turns raw feedstock, such ABS or PLA, into instant prototypes as large as a loaf of bread.

The Replicator is a precision-made parts fabricator, built with linear ball bearings and precision-ground 8mm shafts, ideal for personalized manufacturing or prototyping, providing a new way to fabricate designs and variants quickly as large as 225x145x150 mm (8.9x5.7x5.9"). The Replicator is available with single or dual extruders, facilitating simultaneous two-colour printing

The Replicator features a 4x20 character LCD panel and multi-directional control pad. The LCD screen provides build data as well as monitoring information, and full machine control is possible without the use of a computer. Using an SD Card slot or USB connection, model designs can be loaded and built directly from control pad commands. Professional engineers can now quickly fabricate solid objects using tools like AutoCAD and Solidworks producing STL or gcode files. ReplicatorG software provided (Linux, Windows, and OSX compatible) enables rapid prototype production. Layer thickness may be selected from 0.2-0.3mm with the stock 0.4mm nozzle, and parts are built at a speed of 40 mm/s, with positioning precision of 2.5 micron (Z axis) and 11 micron (XY axes).

Sized for almost any desktop (320x467x381mm; 12.6x18.4x15") The Replicator weighs 26/29lbs (single/dual). Made by Makerbot Industries, The Replicator is available now at $1699 for a single extruder and $1999 for a dual extruder, from Saelig Company, Inc. their USA technical distributor.

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