Over the course of the past couple of years, when it comes to Delta style 3D printers, one company has really made a name for themselves. That company is SeeMeCNC, and at CES this year, along with their previously released delta style 3D printers, the company unveiled a completely new model, called the Eris.
For those unfamiliar with delta style 3D printers, they are FFF-based printers, which instead of using the typical gantry system seen on more conventional Cartesian based machines, they use the mechanics of a delta robot. They utilize three arms which are connected to joints at the base. Delta robots typically have been used in packaging factories as a means to quickly and easily pick up and pack goods for years. SeeMeCNC is a company that has made their business model around creating 3D printers based on this setup, and so far they have been very successful.
At CES 2015, 3DPrint.com had the opportunity to speak with the founders of SeeMeCNC, as well as see their printers in action. Also on hand was their soon to be released SeeMeCNC Eris.
The Eris is smaller printer, when compared to the SeeMeCNC Orion Delta and Rostock MAX 3D printers, but it also comes with a smaller price tag. It will be priced at just $599, which should make it an attractive option for those looking for an affordable machine.
Here are some additional specifications of the SeeMeCNC Eris, as supplied to us by the company:
- 125mm D x 150mm H print area
- Compact and portable
- USB Compatible
- PC/Mac Compatible
- Simple setup and calibration routines
- Optimized for PLA printing
- 100 micron accuracy
At CES, they had the Eris running via an AstroBox, which really gave it an edge over some other machines that use smaller LCD screens. John Olafson of SeeMeCNC really seemed to be excited about the potential that the AstroBox brought to this 3D printer. Unlike the company’s other models, the Eris does not feature a touch display of any kind. This was left out in order to keep the price as low as possible, but the AstroBox seems to be just as good, if not better than what any touch screen could be capable of.
While no official release date was provided, the prototype that was at CES was printing quite effectively, so it appears as though they are almost ready to go. At $599, this is a good price for a small build size 3D printer from a company that has a great reputation within the industry.
What do you think about the SeeMeCNC Eris? Would you consider purchasing it? Would you recommend it to someone getting started out with 3D printing? Discuss in the SeeMeCNC Eris forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out some additional photos that we grabbed of the Eris at CES, below.
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