KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s interesting to watch how the 3D printing industry rises and spreads in individual countries. Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about Poland. One of the country’s most frequent headline-grabbers is Olsztyn-based Zortrax, which has been instrumental in facilitating 3D printing education in Polish schools, but the country is home to many more companies, institutions and individuals who have helped to build the industry up to where it is today. Recently, those companies, institutions and individuals gathered together at the country’s latest 3D Printing Days event, which was held at FabLab Kielce from March 10-11.

Among the companies at 3D Printing Days was HBOT 3D, which has impressed us in the past with their versatile, eponymous 3D printer and skilled modeling work. Now the Wroclaw-based company has unveiled the latest version of the HBOT – the HBOT 3D F300. Officially introduced at 3D Printing Days, the F300 boasts several new features and improvements, including:

  • drukarka_3D_HBOT_3D_F300_1Entirely new firmware and software promising better print quality
  • New electronics with a redeveloped control system
  • Multicolor LCD touchscreen with an improved user experience
  • Capability to change or refill materials mid-print
  • Additional SD card slot and more convenient USB and LAN access
  • Intelligent extruder with material presence control
  • Newly designed hotend supporting nozzles from 0.3mm to 1mm
  • Semi-automatic build platform leveling system

The F300 retains the qualities that made the original HBOT 3D so appealing, including a large 300 x 300 x 300 mm build volume, a print speed of up to 150mm/s, and high precision. It has the largest build area of all printers in its price range in Poland, according to HBOT 3D, and its user-friendly, plug-and-play interface makes it easy to operate. It also maintains another of the original HBOT’s attractive qualities, namely its ability to print in a wide range of materials including PLA, ABS, M-ABS, HIPS, WOOD, PET-G, GLASS, TPU, and, during the implementation, ASA, PET-Carbon, Iglidur, and POM. No proprietary materials are required – if it’s a thermoplastic with a melting point of up to 260°C, you can print with it.

DSC_0145The HBOT 3D F300 is currently available for presale with a price tag of €5,999.94. Delivery is expected within nine weeks, and several extras will be thrown in including a tool set, 1kg of filament with a promotional code for 20% off your next 5kg, additional filament samples, DimaFix adhesive spray and more. Delivery is free within Poland.

Other notable events during 3D Printing Days included a presentation of Zortrax’s eagerly anticipated and recently released Inventure, plus conferences, lectures and presentations given by companies including ABC Data, 3DKreator, 3DGence, MonkeyFab, Spectrum Filaments and Smart3D, creator of the Pixelio 3D scanner. Also giving a presentation was Josef Průša, the man behind the ever-popular open source Prusa 3D printer. All in all, the event attracted more than 5,000 visitors, plus about 800 exhibitors that included representatives from every major player in the Polish 3D printing industry.

The next 3D Printing Days event will be held in Warsaw from September 29-30, 2016. Below, you can check out a quick video from the March event. Thoughts? Discuss in the Poland’s 3D Printing Days forum over at 3DPB.com.

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