China has become a breeding ground for affordable 3D printers. Most of these machines go unheard of outside of the country due to the language barriers that exist. However, if one were to browse Chinese wholesale websites such as Alibaba, a plethora of affordable 3D printers available would be seen. One Shanghai based company, DreamMaker, is thinking outside the box, in bringing their extremely affordable, yet very high quality, delta style 3D printer to market.
The DreamMaker OverLord 3D printer is different than most FFF/FDM-based 3D printers that we have seen. It has the ability to stop mid-print in order for its users to change out the filament color. This allows for multiple colored prints, and much more creativity on the end of the user.
DreamMaker CEO Chen Ye was kinda enough to give 3DPrint.com a sneak peak at their upcoming Kickstarter Campaign, which he says is slated to launch on November 25th. The OverLord 3D Printer will come in two sizes: the OverLord and OverLord Pro.
The OverLord will have a build area capable of printing with dimensions of 170 x 170 x 160 mm, while the OverLord Pro will extend the z-axis another 100 mm, and feature a build area of 170 x 170 x 260 mm. The price difference is £200, and the first 10 backers of each printer will have a chance to get these machines at a highly reduced price.
The OverLord will be available to the first 10 backers for only £99, with the price jumping up to £299 thereafter. The OverLord Pro will be available to the first 10 who back it at a price of £299, and then jump up to £499. There will also be additional pricing options available, including the added ability to enable WiFi, App support, and support for a camera. There will also be a totally custom design option available for £899 (example shown below).
The OverLord 3D printer has been designed to be extremely user-friendly, removing many of the hurdles that prevent many users of other 3D printers from ever attempting more than a few prints before throwing in the towel. The OverLord printer features auto-leveling and auto-calibration which means that every time you turn on the printer it will automatically set itself up and be ready to print.
“We designed OverLord to be extremely user-friendly, and easy to use,” explains the company. “It comes fully assembled and tested, and requires little configuration during first time use. Once you get the printer, just unpack, plug in power and follow the on-screen prompt to setup. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes, and you are ready to go!”
The printer also features a heated print bed, allowing users to print with both PLA and ABS. The same system that allows for the change of colors mid-print also allows for the pausing and resuming of print jobs. This means that you never have to worry about a power outage ruining your project. The printer will also come in a variety of different colors, if particular stretch goals are met.
As for the specifications, they can be seen below:
- Print Technology: Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
- Build Volume: 170x170x160(260)mm
- Print Speed: 100mm/s
- Layer Resolution: 100µm – 200µm
- Filament: 1.75mm PLA or ABS
- Build Platform: Heated Glass Bed
- Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
- Product Dimensions: 370x320x725mm
- Product Weight: 12kg
- Operational Nozzle Temperature: 200 – 250 degrees celsius
- Operational Heated Bed Temperature: 50 – 100 degrees celsius
- Power: 220W
- Power Requirements: 24 V DC @ 9.2A
- AC Input: 100-240V 4.0A 50/60Hz
- Software Supported File Types: STL, OBJ, DAE, AMF, BMP, JPG, JPEG, PNG, G, GCODE
DreamMaker is looking to raise $10,000 to begin full scale production of the OverLord. If everything goes as planned and the printer is funded, you can expect shipping to begin in March 2015. The company has already created a working prototype and has proven that this printer does what they say it does.
What do you think about the potential that this very affordable delta style FFF 3D printer has? Do you like the idea of being able to switch colors mid-print? Will you be backing it when it hits Kickstarter later this month? Discuss in the OverLord forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video below.