In today’s world of innovation and invention–for makers especially–that elusive sense of perfection and the ongoing pursuit of it is often a substantial part of the process, no doubt. And while challenge is inspiring, and a great motivator, when it comes to the tools of the trade used in your creations, there’s simply no reason to make things harder on yourself. As 3D printing technology has hit the mainstream, its popularity has led to enormous competition in the marketplace–and a bevy of streamlined new machines which offer features often meant to do one thing for you: make life easier.
Are you sick of wrestling prints from the build tray? Do you find yourself having less time to spend on innovation while you are busy scraping prints off with a variety of instruments–like knives, hammers, and more? The team at CoLiDo sees that as a serious waste of resources, as well as continually opening the door for damaging your work. With their new patented glass platform, removal is no longer a concern–or something you have to schedule in as part of the equation in 3D printing.
Coated with a special material, CoLiDo’s glass platform prevents melted filament from becoming a problem–and you no longer have to be a constant 3D printing technician–or troubleshooter. Once the platform has cooled down reasonably, the only question is how fast you can get over to the 3D printer to pluck your print off the platform with ease–going back to your other business expediently.
“CoLiDo will show the temperature of the platform on its one-button control panel. After the platform has cooled down (usually a few minutes after the print job is done), you can remove the print object with your bare hands directly,” states the team on their website. “If you find some waste remaining on the platform, you can clean it simply by using a cloth.”
The glass platform is available for the CoLiDo 2.0+, CoLiDo M2020 and CoLiDo X3045, which encompasses the company’s entire lineup of 3D printers. All three are known for offering ease in use and a large build size, whether you are aiming for home use with a 3D printer like the CoLiDo 2.0+ (retailing at $1099), the M2020 ($1449) for more industrial quality, or the X3045 ($2199) which offers the largest build size at 11.8″ x 11.8″ x 17.7″ (30 x 30 x 45 cm), as well as the most extensive industrial capability, allowing for production of high quality prototypes meant for testing or sales presentations.
“Joining CES, one of the largest exhibitions of new and trend-setting electronic products, is the first move for CoLiDo in 2016,” states the company on a recent blog. “By displaying several patented designs such as the coated glass platform for easy printed object removal, Print-Rite believes CoLiDo 3D Printers can stand out at CES and surprise 3D printing experts, hobbyists and enthusiasts.”
A subsidiary of Print-Rite, one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the printing consumables industry, the CoLiDo printers are very popular so far on numerous e-commerce platforms in China, as the company is based in Macau, on the southern coast of China. Their CoLiDo products have been ranked number one in the 3D printer search category on these platforms.
The CoLiDo team’s work stems from the belief that 3D technology is an aid to realizing human potential. We’ve been following this new company since they took the spotlight earlier in the year offering new ABS and PLA materials. With an entire lineup of hardware and new items like the glass platform already emerging, there’s no doubt that this next year will be big for the Chinese startup. Have you used this new platform yet? Let us know your thoughts in the CoLiDo Glass 3D Printing Platform forum on 3DPB.com.