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Builder 3D Printers Launches Massive Extreme 1500 Industrial Printer

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You know the saying “good things come in small packages?” Sometimes the exact opposite is true: meet the Extreme 1500!

dual-feed-extruderToday marks the exciting launch of the latest model from Builder 3D Printers, the Dutch manufacturer of desktop and industrial 3D printers. The Extreme 1500 is an industrial FDM 3D printer and has a huge, rare build volume of 1100 x 500 x 820 mm. With this size of print volume, the customer can print multiple parts next to each other, or print long parts which need to be printed in one piece, such as yacht prototypes, long boards, and packaging material. The Extreme 1500 makes the PocketMaker 3D printer we told you about last week look even smaller!

In 2015, Builder 3D Printers launched the Extreme 1000 and the Extreme 2000, which are currently being sold throughout Europe and the United States. The Extreme 1000 has a build volume of 700 x 700 x 820 mm, and the Extreme 2000 enables you to print an object nearly 1900 mm high.

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The immense size of the Extreme Series of Builder is really great for large jobs, but it can also be a hindrance. They are so large, not every company was able to fit one inside the building. So now, Builder has come up with the Extreme 1500. Most industrial 3D printers are so large and heavy that they’re not mobile at all. The Extreme 1500 has four wheels on the bottom, which makes it easy to move the printer to a different location. So if one department is ready with its project, the Extreme 1500 can just be wheeled to its next location.

extreme-1500-wheels“With the Extreme series we wanted to make large scale 3D printing affordable. We did this with the Extreme 1000 and 2000, but not every company has the space to fit an Extreme inside. The Extreme 1500 has a large build volume, yet made slim enough to fit through every office door. It even fits in an elevator,” says Niels Hunck, Sales Manager of Builder 3D Printers.

The Extreme 1500 comes with a heated print bed, an on-board camera, Wi-Fi, and, like every Builder, a Dual-Feed Extruder, which is able to print two colors or materials through just one nozzle. When a prototype doesn’t need to be printed in two colors, the Dual-Feed extruder can be used as a mono extruder – just change the extrusion ratio of both extruders to 50%, put in two spools of the same color, and print for hours without running out of filament!

filamentLarge objects obviously require large filament spools, and the Builder Extreme can carry up to four spools of 4.5 kg or 6.5 kg each. Though Builder 3D Printers produces their own filament, their machines are built with an open materials system, and the company has good things to say about PRO1 from Innofil3D, which can be used to reduce print time by 30%. For example, a print of the Empire State Building took 300 hours when printed on the Builder Extreme 2000, with a height of 1800 mm and a weight of 15 kg. With the PRO1, it only took 210 hours.

And speaking of large print jobs, no problem if you need to print overnight or during the weekend – the Extreme 1500 comes with an on-board camera, which allows you to check your print wherever and whenever you want. You can learn more about the Extreme 1500 here. Discuss in the Extreme 1500 forum at 3DPB.com.

 

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