Simple. Elegant. Strong. This is an undeniably attractive combination, and while it may sound for a second as if we are describing Audrey Hepburn, we are speaking instead of a new wonder that can make your dreams come true in resin—and straight from the desktop at home or in the office. Add affordability into the factor, and again the whole package should come together comprehensively for the user on any level with the new line of mUVe 3D DLP Pro and Pro+ 3D Printers.
We’ve been following mUVe 3D with interest since they were founded several years ago by Dean Piper—a maker with years of experience in working with and building 3D printers. With a beginning in manufacturing and then selling SLA parts, he quickly moved to creating the mUVe 1 which was successfully funded on Indiegogo and then sold as an open-source DLP kit, garnering attention due to the true gap being bridged between novices wanting to be able to get a start with resin yet battling high prices. Piper is one of those special manufacturers who is truly dedicated to his user base and providing accessibility even in the face of what might previously have been seen as insurmountable lack of affordability for most.
mUVe 3D continues in this vein with the new line, which is described as their most robust design to date. With an even simpler design and smaller footprint—something always being a goal in 3D printing—they have also managed, more importantly, to integrate stronger components.
Within an industry that has traditionally left resin 3D printing to the pros due to expertise level and expense, mUVe 3D has doggedly been working to reverse that, and as they profess with the new lineup of hardware, these printers mean business.
“We know it can be tough to start out with a new 3D printer, especially if you’re new to the game. Resin based 3D printing has been around for a long time but for good reason are we now starting to break into households, home workplaces, and small businesses,” states the mUVe team on their website.
The new mUVe Pro series of 3D printers features an all metal construction, and they are both pre-assembled. The all aluminum chassis has fewer parts, is stronger, and is also more lightweight. Both the Pro and the Pro+ arrive with the FlexVat reservoir, which we’ve reported on at length previously as it’s really a gamechanger in terms of allowing you to produce hundreds of prints without having to replace the reservoir non-stick coating.
While the Pro allows for you to mount nearly any projector you prefer, the Pro+ comes ready to go in that department. Even better, software setup is as easy as plugging it into your PC network and going to town with your first design. That’s a big plus, as fiddling with a new program and trying to learn something complex can be frustrating when you are chomping at the bit, ready to start 3D printing your first model.
Calibration is quick and easy, and the nanoDLP with RPi 2 is both included and pre-loaded, including all the following:
- Mask support
- Dynamic Print Speed
- Blackout During Prints
- SVG, SLC, and PNG Support
- Custom Buttons
- Easy Upgrades
- UPnP Network Discovery
- Cloud dashboard for remote monitoring.
Are you interested in pre-ordering one of these new DLP printers? Find out more here. The mUVe Pro 3D printer is priced at $1499, while the Pro+ costs $2149. Great documentation and community support are provided as well.
Further specs are as follows:
- Build Area 175mm x 98.5mm x 250mm
- Z max with included reservoir and build plate
- X/Y and Z resolution fully adjustable to your needs
- 1920 x 1080 pixel ViewSonic PJD7820HD or similar projector included with Pro+ model.
- Raspberry Pi 2 with nanoDLP preloaded included, easy calibration and sample printing profiles.
- 120-240VAC 50-60Hz approx 250W power consumption, US Power Cord Supplied.
- Large FlexVat and Build Plate not supported, try the DLP ULTIPro+ instead! Large Build Plate size 190mm x 270mm
Included Supplies for both printer models:
- 500mL MakerJuice SubSF Resin
- Part scraping spatula for removing printed parts
- Part rinsing container
- System wiring, HDMI included
What do you think of the features offered by these new 3D printers? Discuss in the mUVe 3D Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.