Ethan Baehrend is only 18 years old but has already launched a 3D printing company and new 3D printer. Creative 3D Technologies officially launches today, based in Chicago, Illinois and offering a large format, dual extrusion 3D printer called the CreativeBot Duo. While there are similar 3D printers on the market today, Creative 3D Technologies wants to offer access to large format, dual extrusion 3D printing for a lower cost, and is selling the CreativeBot Duo for $8,800. A limited edition “Founders Edition” is being made available for $8,000.
Creative 3D Technologies claims that the CreativeBot Duo is larger, faster, easier to use and more capable than any other similar 3D printers near its price point. That remains to be seen, as the printer is still in presale mode, but it is being offered at a decent price point. It boasts a sizable build volume, too, at greater than 10.5 cubic feet, yet does not compromise on precision, according to Creative 3D Technologies. The Independent Dual Extrusion System allows the 3D printer to create more prints, or more complex prints, in a briefer amount of time. Mirror mode enables the creation of a print and its mirror image simultaneously, while ditto mode enables the creation of duplicate parts.
Modular toolheads are capable of printing engineering-grade materials, and a modular frame can handle high temperatures – as well as remain uprgradeable as new innovations become available. The CreativeBot Duo features high quality linear rail guides on each axis, removable and flexible build plates, and easy to use 32-bit electronics with a user-friendly interface.
Baehrend is currently a senior in high school who bought his first 3D printer at age 13 and started a business refurbishing and upgrading 3D printers later that same year. He was unimpressed with the current large format 3D printers available on the market, so he decided to design his own. Last year, he was the youngest exhibitor at CES, displaying one of his 3D printer prototypes.
“We’re bringing a fresh perspective on a market structure that’s more or less not changed for long time,” said Baehrend. “We’re willing to take the risks and put forth the work to push boundaries and provide the very best that this technology has to offer, at a price that customers want and can afford. The CreativeBot Duo was created because nothing exists that can perform like the Duo. We’re a company stepping up to the plate, putting in the work to make great printers come to fruition and will continue to make even better in the future.”
Whether the CreativeBot Duo lives up to its impressive claims will become clear once the printer is available for testing. It was designed to be flexible enough for use by a variety of customers, including small businesses, researchers and prototypers. The Founders Edition is available for $8,000 starting this week, with delivery slated for fall of 2019.
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