Printrbelt 3D printer by Printrbot lets you print with ‘Infinite Z’
The latest trend for desktop 3D printers, conveyor belt build platforms, seems to really be taking off. The Blackbelt 3D printer, developed by a Dutch startup of the same name, has raised over €100,000 through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and now California-based 3D printer company Printrbot has introduced its latest offering, the Printrbelt 3D printer.
The Printrbelt 3D printer, which is already available to order through the Printrbot website, is a desktop additive manufacturing system which integrates a moving platform. This distinct feature, along with a novel angled printhead, makes for a 3D printer that can print continuously, as printed parts are automatically moved along the Z-axis on the print belt until they come off at the end.
While the 3D printer is available for order, however, customers may have to wait for some time before they receive their machines.
Time to look at the specs. The new Prinrbelt 3D printer offers a build area of 152 x 152 mm with “Infinite Z” printing, a layer height resolution of 0.2 mm, and print speeds of 30 to 60 mm/s (depending on the material used). The printer is compatible with 1.75 mm PLA filament, and is equipped with a Gear Head v2 Alu Extruder. Other hardware features include a Ubis 13HF hot end, a stainless steel, Kapton-covered belt, and 20-tooth, dual-flange GT2 aluminum belt drive pulleys. The 3D printer is powered by a Printrboard Rev F6 and Raspberry Pi 3.
The 3D printer is also remarkably compact, weighing only 19 lbs and having dimensions of 400 x 600 x 400 mm. While this may be limiting in terms of what size objects you can 3D print (in the X-Y dimensions), the Printrbelt 3D printer will fit easily into your workspace, whether at home or in the office.