As I have mentioned in the past, Delta-style machines are not typically the big sellers within this young 3D printing market thus far. It could be the fact that Cartesian-based models are easier to understand, fix, and program, or it may just be the fact that the Cartesian system has been adopted by some of the earliest movers within the industry. Either way, Delta-style printers are extremely capable machines, worth having a look at.
The Taiwanese company Atom wants to change all this by offering up what they believe to be “the most refined Delta printer yet.” Introducing the Atom 2.0, the company certainly hasn’t fooled around. Upon laying your eyes on the Atom 2.0, you are immediately drawn to its sturdy look and feel. This isn’t a dinky plastic 3D printer that will wobble all over the place like a penguin running on ice. Instead it is constructed completely out of metal using a modular design system.
The Atom 2.0 has several key features which make it stand out from the competition. The all-new triple fan system integrates into the machine, enabling precise prints at relatively fast speeds. With one fan dedicated to regulating the temperature of the hot end, and two additional fans dedicated to cooling the extruded molten filament as quickly as possible, you will not have to worry about layer distortion during the print process.
We all know how important the belt tension of a 3D printer is to its accuracy. Some of you may have had rather frustrating experiences trying to tighten belts. The Atom 2.0 comes equipped with a belt clamp system which effortlessly allows the user to tighten the belt just right.
The Atom 2.0 is not only a single extruder machine, but also enables its users to swap out the extruder for either a double extrusion attachment or a laser engraver, making this machine perfect for the maker in all of us. Below you will find the general specifications for the Atom 2.0:
- Build Envelope: Ø 22cm x H 32cm
- Print Volume: 12.16 liters
- Printer size: 42 x 42 x 76 cm
- Printer Weight: 13kg (28.6 lbs)
- Min Layer Thickness: 0.5mm (50 microns)
- Filament Type/Size: 1.75mm ABS and PLA
- Connectivity: SD Card, USB
The company is currently hosting a crowdfunding campaign on the Taiwanese funding site ZecZec, where they have already reached their goal. In fact, the Atom 2.0 raised over $100,000 within a single day of the campaign’s launch. The printer is priced relatively affordably at just $1,599 for those who pre-order it. This represents a 15% discount to its retail price. The first printers will ship this coming May.
Have you pre-ordered one of these machines? Let’s hear your thoughts on this new machine in the Atom 2.0 3D printer forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video below showing off some of the key features of this new machine.