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leapfroglogoLeapfrog has just announced the release of a new 3D printer. It is the Creatr XL, which is based off of their popular Creatr model, but it has a much larger build height. The Creatr 3D printer which has a maximum build size of 230x270x200 mm is dwarfed by the new Creatr XL which has a huge max build size of 230x270x600 mm, and a max print volume of 37.2 liters.

Leapfrog is now selling the Creatr XL for €3,999, which is approximately $5500.

The printer’s build volume is comparable to the recently announced MakerBot Replicator Z18 printer which has a maximum build size of 305x305x457mm, but about costs $1,000 more than the CreatrXL.

“Now I must decide if I want to go with the Replicator Z18 or the Creatr XL 3D Printer,” said Jacob Goldberg, an owner of 2 Replicator 2 printers. “I was sure that I would be getting the Replicator Z18, but the height possibilities on the Creatr XL are quite impressive.”

Creatr_XL_web

People are wondering if this release is in response to the Replicator Z18 announcement which was made by MakerBot at CES a little over a month ago. More than likely it is not, but it sure will give consumer a second option when trying to purchase a large build 3D printer.

Here are the specs of this newly released printer:

Outer dimensions: 500x600x900 mm
Build size [LxWxH]: 230x270x600 mm
Max. print volume: 37.2 liter
Positioning accuracy: 0.05 mm
Layer thickness: 0.05-0.35 mm
Heated print bed: Yes
Dual extruders: Yes
Professional software included: Yes
Material types: ABS, PLA, PVA, Laybrick, Nylon
Weight: 37 kg
Electrical connection: 100-240 V
Extruder size: 0.35 mm
Speed X and Y axis: up to 350 mm/sec
Extrusion speed: up to 60 mm/sec
Power consumption: 400 W
Production speed: 0.42 cm3/min
File format: STL, G-Code
CE Cerfified: Yes

What do you think? Is this a better deal for a 3D Printer with a large build volume, than the MakerBot Replicator Z18? Are you considering purchasing this? Discuss at 3DPrintBoard.

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