Kickstarter has seen its fair share of 3D printers over the past year, and we are sure to see many more before this year is over. One of the latest 3D printers to be hitting the popular crowdfunding platform is the Kudo3D Titan 1.
The Titan 1 uses stereolithography (SLA) to print from the bottom up, and features a patent pending ‘Passive Self-Peeling’ technology. This new technology includes a flexible resin container, enhanced printing performance/quality, and simplified printer structure. Tedd Syao, the founder of Kudo3D spent 16 full months developing and perfecting this patent-pending technology for the Titan 1.
Kudo3D explains this PSP technology in more detail:
Passive self-peeling (PSP) technology is a patent pending bottom up SLA technology created by Kudo3D to minimize the separation force between cured layers and the bottom of the resin container. PSP employs a flexible resin container consisting of 5 different materials to enable a self-peeling process that minimizes the separation force. Therefore, feature as tiny as a strand of hair or a big object as tall as 9.5 inches can be printed on the same machine. Equipped with PSP, the printer needs only one stepping motor. As a result, the printer is simpler, more reliable and easy to use. Since our PSP technology employed Teflon, our container is immune to the attack of more reactive resin that happens to most of our competitors. Users can use materials from any vendors by setting proper exposure time.
Unlike other FDM based 3D printers, that most of us are more familiar with, the Titan 1 uses SLA technology where a liquid resin is cured (hardened) using light waves. This is done, in small incremental layers. SLA 3D printers can obtain much better resolution and details because of the precision of the light beams. The Titan 1 will be compatible with all SLA photoresins that are sensitive to 400nm light.
This 3D printer compares extremely favorably to other 3D printers on the market today, including other SLA based printers (see chart below)
The resolution and layer thickness, according to Kudo3D blows away that of its competition. The Form1 3D printer is one of the more popular SLA based 3D printers on the market, and it can’t come close to the numbers that Kudo3D claims that the Titan 1 can achieve. The speed is also said to make it the fastest SLA consumer level 3D printer as well.
The hardware seems to be up to par with other 3D Printers too. Here are some of the specifications:
- Machine Size: 16.1″ x 13.7″ x 33.6″ / 41cm x 35cm x 85cm
- Weight: 13.5 Kg / 30 pounds.
- Includes flexible PSP resin container
- High precision industrial grade linear stage module
- HD 1920×1080 DLP projector
- Mega 2560 and RAMPS 1.4 controlling circuit
- Nema 17 Stepping motor
- 12cm cooling fan
- Aluminum extrusion frame with steel enhancement
- Brushed aluminum case
- Fast leveling build table
The Kickstarter campaign for the Kudo3D Titan 1 3D printer will launch on May 27, and the first 10 backers will get the printer for only $1,899. Be sure to discuss your thoughts on this new 3D printer in the Titan 1 discussion thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the Kickstarter video for this project below: