I must admit that I have a bit of a fetish for newly released 3D printers. No, not in a sexual way for those of you who were wondering, but whenever I hear about a new 3D printer that is coming to market, I immediately want to see what it looks like, figure out its specifications, and compare its price point to similar 3D printers already on the market. So, when I learned that a relatively new Canada-based company, called ISG 3D, which had previously been known for selling other companies’ 3D printers, and filaments, had decided to enter the market as a 3D printer manufacturer, of course my inner obsession took over.
Back in January, we reported on ISG 3D, which had announced a new 3D printer and the fact that they would be accepting Bitcoin for purchases. Today, ISG 3D has unveiled to 3DPrint.com that they have plans to launch their first 3D printer in 1-2 weeks’ time. The 3D printer, which is called the ISG 11, will be specifically targeted toward those individuals who currently have an interest in other 3D printers on the market which are priced at around $2000, but don’t want to spend that much money to get one.
“The ‘ISG 11’ that we are launching is competing with printers at the $2000 [price point], with our 20cm x 20cm x 25cm print surface and solid customized frame,” Matthieu Cote, Head of Sales and Marketing for ISG 3D, tells 3DPrint.com. “The 3D printer will be open-source and we have integrated the RepRap mechanics to make it very easy-to-use for people who really know 3D printing. The price is also very accessible for the consumer market, the ‘ISG 11’ is going to be priced at $899, plus shipping.”
Today, ISG 3D has provided us with some photos of the first ISG 11 prototype. While this 3D printer will function very similarly to the final product that will be available in 1-2 weeks’ time, we are told that the frame will be slightly different on the final version. At the same time, the build volume will remain the same while the printer’s footprint will shrink a little bit.
“The [final] 3D printer will be much more efficient and easy-to-use,” said Cote. “The look will also be much more interesting.”
The images you see here are of the first prototype, which has already been sold to an individual. As for the specifications of the upcoming ISG 11, they will be as follows:
- Build Volume: 20 x 20 x 25 cm
- Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
- Layer Height (precision): 0.1mm
- Average speed: 40mm/s
- Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
- Material Compatibility: ABS and PLA Filament
The initial release of the ISG 11 will be very limited, and the printer will be available in various colors, including; black, white, blue, green, red and yellow.
“We intend to launch a limited pre-order of 11 machines for the next month,” explains Cote. “The 3D printer will be shipped within the 3 weeks following the end of the pre-order. The first buyers will have a customized 3D printer with their serial number written on it for the 11 ‘ISG 11’ 3D printers we will launch. We will also be shipping the 3D printers worldwide.”
ISG 3D also tells us that they have other projects in the pipeline, including a mysterious ISG 33 3D printer which Cote tells us will be much different from the ISG 11, and feature a build volume of 33cm x 33cm x 40cm. Stay tuned to 3DPrint.com as more details are released of the new ISG 11 3D printer. We will have photos and details of the final product coming soon.
What do you think of the ISG 11? Would you consider purchasing this 3D printer for $899? Discuss in the ISG 11 3D Printer forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video of the ISG 11’s first test print below.