Israel is a country about the size of New Jersey. What they lack in land mass, they easily make up for, however, with innovation and a tech-oriented economy. Where their is a strong technological presence, there has to be 3D printing, right? Absolutely! Not only does the world’s largest 3D printer manufacturer, Stratasys, have a headquarters within the tiny nation, but a small startup called Something3D is also producing 3D printers in Israel.
Led by Itzik Molcho, the former CEO of Tzinorot, a multi-billion-dollar international manufacturer of steel pipe, and his partner Dotan Koskas, the company looks to compete with the giants within the industry by offering more robust machines. Currently Something3D has three different printers they offer to the general public, all of which feature incredibly fast speeds as well as print resolutions that are about as good as they get with FFF technology. Something else all three machines have in common are their color, purple.
“We believe 3D printers are for anyone who wants to make or create,” said Molcho. “Purple is the color of individualism and unconventionality.”
The Tyrian, Han, and Royal are the names of each of their three machines; all which have the same basic specifications, besides their build volumes, sizes, weight, and number of heads on their extruders. The Tyrian is the smallest of the group, featuring a build envelope of 100 x 100 x 100mm. Next comes the Han with a build envelope of 200 x 200 x 200mm, and finally the Royal which is the granddaddy of them all, featuring a 300 x 300 x 300mm build envelope. The Royal also utilizes the company’s new 4-head extruder, meaning it’s capable of printing with four separate colors or materials during a single print project. Below are the specifications shared between all three of Something3D’s printers:
- Print Technology: Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
- Build Platform: Heated bed surface
- Nozzle Diameter: 0.35 mm (0.25 as a special add-on option)
- Print Resolution: 50 micron layer thickness and 0.4 mm wall thickness
- Printing Material: 1.75 mm ABS, PLA, PVA, Nylon 618, HIPS
- Printing Speed: 100-250 mm/s, up to 500mm/s
- Software: Pronterface, Repetier, Skeinforge, ReplicatorG, Cura, Slic3r
- Supported File Types: AMF, STL, OBJ
- Warranty: 1 Year (with optional 2nd year upgrade)
Something3D looks forward to substantial growth over the months and years ahead. They see their business in Israel as sort of a beta test for their products prior to their global expansion. With the leadership inherent in its founders, and the fact that they have already lined up a deal with a defense manufacturing company within the country, to print key components for special equipment, seems to bode well for their future.
To further set themselves apart from the fierce competition emerging within the 3D printing space, they also create custom 3D printers for their customers, catering to specific needs. It will be interesting to see how fast this company grows, and what other unique features they have to offer within their future printers. Let’s hear your thoughts on this company’s future within the Something3D forum thread on 3DPB.com.