Although there are literally hundreds of different 3D printers on the market, it’s not easy to find a printer which one can say “has it all.” Print quality, build volume, print speed, and price are all key features potential costumers examine the most while searching for that perfect machine. There are many awesome 3D printers out there, but it’s often difficult to sift through the junk to get to the treasure.
One company whose name is almost synonomous with ‘quaility’ is Afinia. Headquartered in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and a division of Microboards Technology, LLC, Afinia has made a name for themselves within the 3D printing space with their H480 3D Printer. This machine is capable of fabricating objects with very high resolution, is relatively fast, and is also affordable. In fact it won top honors in MAKE: Magazine’s 2014 ‘Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing’. The one area lacking with this machine is its rather small build envelope of just 140 x 140 x 135mm.
Today, Afinia has announced a brand new printer, one which will solve the small build envelope concerns many may have with the H480. The new Afinia H800 has just been revealed. Equipped with a much larger 255 x 205 x 205 mm build envelope, the ability to print at extremely fine resolutions, and a price tag which won’t break the bank, the H800 is sure to please, and may just be that printer you can say “has it all.” Below you will find the general specifications of this new machine:
- Printer Size: 19.1″ x 20.5″ x 19.5″ (385 x 520 x 495mm)
- Printer Weight: 55 lbs (20 kg)
- Build Envelope: 10″ x 8″ x 8″ (255 x 205 x 205 mm)
- Print Quality/Resolution: 0.1mm (100 micron), 0.15 mm, 0.2mm, 0.25mm, 0.3mm, 0.4mm
- Filament Size and Material Compatibility: 1.75mm ABS or PLA Plastic Filament
- Software Compatibility: Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) 32/64 bit, and MAC OSX 10.7
- Highlighted Features:
- Support material automatically created by 3D printer software
- Built-in HEPA filter which will remove microfine particles
- Active heartbeat mood lighting provides visual feedback of the print status
The printer ships fully assembled, and comes equipped with easy-to-install software which makes the printing process a breeze. The easy-to-use interface of the software allows just about anyone to quickly lay out a model, scale it, duplicate it, or change its orientation. The smart support feature allows the user to adjust just how much support material is needed after the system automatically creates supports via sophisticated computer algorithms.
The H800 will include a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, with an option to add a second year for an additional fee. Those wishing to order this new machine may place their email on the waiting list. According to the company the first H800 3D Printers will begin shipping in May of 2015. Those wishing to see this new printer first hand may pay a visit to the Afinia booth #71921 at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas on January 6-9.
Let us know your thoughts on this new 3D printer. Discuss it in the Afinia H800 forum thread on 3DPB.com.