German RepRap’s New X350pro 3D Printer Updates the X350: Dual Extruder, More Stable Frame, & More
Back in April, we covered the unveiling of German RepRap’s X350 3D printer, which impressed as a feature-packed desktop machine. German RepRap has been back at it, today announcing a redesigned version of this powerhouse machine, with the upgraded unit called the X350pro. Among the major upgrades to the latest version are a frame with enhanced stability, a dual extruder, and a USB interface.
“The basic structure of the X350 was completely upgraded on the X350pro. This includes the increased 12 millimeter diameter of the shafts and the stronger housing. The new design of the X350pro prevents any vibration in the printer, thus reducing the negative effects of this on print quality. It is also possible to set the X and Y axes, which simplifies printer adjustment after transport,” German RepRap explained. “Printing for the first time can thus take place even sooner. The rear panel can be removed for maintenance work without having to undo any connections.”
Whereas the original X350 3D printer relied on Ethernet or WiFi connections to address, the X350pro can use a USB hookup to connect directly to a computer. The printer features a browser-based controller that allows users to keep tabs on print jobs via touchscreen and any web-enabled device (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.). Additionally, a webcam operable remote print monitoring system is available to keep an eye on that print job from anywhere.
A new standard feature for the FFF X350pro is its full metal hotend DD3 dual extruder, which allows for use of effectively any filament for single- or double-color prints. The second extruder could also be used with a water-soluble material to create washable support structures in any print. Because the DD3 extruder features a full metal hot end, it can work with materials including German RepRap’s Carbon20, reinforced with carbon, or TPU93 flexible material.
Among other new features for the X350pro are a horizontal design based on the X1000 3D printer, an overhaul from the previous X350 unit’s build platform. While calibration remains fast and simple, with the original design’s build platform with a three-point fixture, the ceramic build platform is now framed directly on the silicon foam heater insulation, rather than using drill holes to stay in place. German RepRap notes that with the detail work developed in the new machine, the X350pro is “the ideal device for precise and reliable printing for industrial use.”
The specs for the FFF-based 3D printer remain comparable to those on the X350, which just a few minor tweaks:
- Build Envelope: 350 x 200 x 210 mm
- Printer Size: 600 x 444 x 517 mm
- Printer Weight: 28kg
- Layer Thickness: 0.02mm
- Print Speed: 10-150mm/sec
- Travel Speed: 10-300mm/sec
- Position Accuracy: (X/Y): +/- 0.1mm
- Filament/Nozzle Diameter (standard): 1.75mm / 0.4mm
- Materials: ABS, PLA, PS, PVA, TPU93, Carbon20, Laywood, Laybrick, PP, Bendlay, Soft-PLA, SmartABS
- Extruder Type: Double DD3
- Extruder Temperature (max): 290° C (554° F)
- Print Bed Technology: 3 Point, heatable up to 120°C (248° F)
- File Transfer: LCD with SD card slot, USB, wireless printing via WiFi, Ethernet
- Software Included: Simplify3D
Along with the X400 PRO V3 and X1000 V2, the X350pro will be on the floor at GermanReprap’s stand (hall 3.1 stand D30) at formnext in Frankfurt. 3D printers from German RepRap are available worldwide; 3DChimera is the company’s US authorized reseller.
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