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HORI Releases Their Biggest 3D Printer Yet, the Supersized Z1000

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1Last month, we heard again from Beijing Huitianwei Technology Co., Ltd., better known as HORI. The Chinese 3D printer manufacturer is a company that never sits still; they’re continually developing new printers, as well as introducing new upgrades and improvements to their existing machines. When we checked in with them in December, HORI revealed two new improvements to their 3D printer line: a filament detector system and an uninterrupted power system with an auto resume function. Despite the appeal of the new features, however, what really piqued our interest was the announcement that the company would be releasing a brand new 3D printer soon.

At the time, all information about the new printer was being kept tightly under wraps; HORI hadn’t even revealed the name yet. But now they’ve unveiled their brand new machine, and it’s their biggest one yet – by far. With a build size of 1000 x 1000 x 1000 mm, the HORI Z1000 is a giant among printers, large enough to produce small furniture. It’s also a very solid, sturdily built machine, featuring a metal frame and a glass print bed, and is just as user-friendly as the company’s other printers. It’s designed for “ultrastability,” according to HORI, and also safety and ease of use, with a fully enclosed print chamber and auto-adjusting print bed.

The HORI Z1000 includes all of the features recently introduced by the company, including last month’s new filament detector and uninterrupted power/auto resume functions as well as the FLOW extruder, a newly redesigned extruder optimized to prevent filament clogs and to print with flexible filaments in addition to the rest of the wide range of materials most HORI printers can accommodate. While it’s designed to print best with PLA, the Z1000 itself is capable of printing with multiple filament options, including ABS, HIPS, PETG, PVA, PE, PP, nylon, carbon fiber, and more.

333Here’s a look at the Z1000’s specifications:

  • Dimensions: 1520 x 1621 x 1556 mm
  • Weight: 400 kg
  • Nozzle temperature: 170-260°C
  • Build size: 1000 x 1000 x 1000 mm
  • Layer accuracy: 0.05 – 0.4 mm
  • XY solution: 0.01 mm
  • Z solution: 0.0025 mm
  • Print speed: 300 mm/s
  • XY axis speed: 18000
  • Z axis speed: 1700

You can take a closer look at the new HORI Z1000 below:

Users can print with either a USB connection or an SD card, and the printer features a large, 7-inch full color LCD screen with instructions in Chinese, English and Russian for easy operation. While HORI offers their own 3D printing software, the printer is also compatible with Cura, Slic3r and Skeinforge. Like HORI’s other 3D printers, the Z1000 can be upgraded to a dual-extruder model, the Z1000D.

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HORI at CES 2017 [Image: Sarah Goehrke for 3DPrint.com]

HORI was in attendance at CES 2017 a couple of weeks ago, and it was an unequivocally successful showing, with interested crowds and media consistently surrounding their booth.

We were able to get a quick look at their booth as we made our rounds of CES, and they definitely appeared to be staying busy as they showed off the capabilities of their multiple printer models. The Z1000 is the company’s fifth 3D printer model; factoring in the dual extruder versions of each printer as well as the basic models, HORI now offers a total of ten printer options.

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As HORI continues to grow and expand their product line, working tirelessly to bring new models and features to their customers on a regular basis, the company is looking for global distributors and buyers for their products. If you’re interested in becoming a distributor, or would like more details about the HORI Z1000 or other models, you can contact the company here.

We’re excited to see this dynamic company extend their reach overseas, and we will continue to follow their progress as they develop new products and improve existing ones. Discuss in the HORI forum at 3DPB.com.

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