Back in June, we reported on India’s first 3D printer. The Vector PLA 3D. It had become the first Indian manufactured 3D printer that was available for purchase for consumer use. This was a big step in what has been a rather slow migration of consumer based 3D printers into the South Asian country. While China, and even Japan have seen quite a bit of interest in the relatively new technology, India has been lagging behind.
The PRINTDEL 3D 400 3D printer, created by a man named Kartish Nair, will begin selling sometime next week (website will be live then). Nair runs his business and manufactures his 3D printers in Nasik City, India, which has a population of close to 2 million people.
“Actually I run a family business of rubber, plastic & polyurethane parts manufacturing in Nasik city,” Nair told 3DPrint.com. “I used to get regular enquires from some customers about making parts in small quantities. Some of them were not able to bear (the) high mould costs. So to cater to such requirements I decided to buy a 3D printer. Since I wanted to use it for industrial purpose I wanted a larger print area, but such a printer is not available in India. I thought of buying a printer from outside our country, but the shipping and import duties made it costlier, so finally I decided to make one such printer.”
The printer building process must have went quite well, because Nair and his wife have decided to start manufacturing and selling multiple 3D printers, specifically for residents of India. His wife Kiran helped him quite a bit with the design process, as well as in sourcing the parts.
Because of its rather large size, the PRINTDEL 3D 400 will be shipped partially assembled. Buyers will only need to put the smooth rods in and screw up the pillars. They will then need to run a few calibration tests and the printer will be ready to print.
Nair feels that customer support is crucial when selling a 3D printer. Because of this, he plans to offer free training at their own facility, as well as via their website. Support will be available via Skype, Chat, and other Messengers, as well as email.
Here are some of the specifications of the PRINTDEL 3D 400
- Printable Material: 1.75mm ABS or PLA
- Build Size: 400mm x 300mm x300mm
- Print Head: Single extruder
- Heated Printbed: Up to 100 degrees C
- Connectivity: SD card support as well as USB to computer
- Display: LCD Display
- Layer Resolution: 100 microns
- Print Speed: 400mm/sec
- File Input Format: OBJ, G-Code, STL
Whereas the Vector PLA 3D is a Cartesian based FDM 3D printer, the PRINTDEL 3D 400 uses the Delta format to print with (as seen in images).
Undoubtedly this provide the country of India with a much needed boost when it comes to 3D printing technology. With the huge population within the country, and the affordability of this printer, it should be interesting to see how quickly consumers flock toward this new machine. Discuss this new 3D printer in the PRINTDEL 3D 400 forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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