Size does matter, at least in the 3D printing space. One of the top qualities that both businesses and hobbyists look for in a 3D printer is a large build envelope. The larger the size, the higher the printer’s utility. After all, who wants to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars only to limit themselves to a tiny build volume? I certainly don’t.
One Dutch 3D printer manufacturer, Builder, has realized this. The company — known for their line of Big Builder 3D printers, which have extended Z-axis and color-mixing capabilities, enabling them to print objects in multiple colors which are as tall as 665mm — has just stepped things up another notch. The company has just announced two new, enormous FFF 3D printers called the Builder EXTREME 1000 and Builder EXTREME 2000.
If there were two 3D printers which seemingly did it all, these two machines would probably be it. Both machines come equipped with color-mixing technology and the software required to enable this amazing feature. Using just one nozzle, these 3D printers are able to combine two different filament colors, melting and mixing them together. This enables multiple colors to be printed dependent on the amount of each color used at any given time. With this said, both machines will also be equipped with two separate extruders.
Despite these remarkable features, size is what truly sets both these printers apart from their competition. The Builder EXTREME 1000 has an enormous build envelope of 820 x 780 x 850 mm, while the Builder EXTREME 2000 is even larger, by quite a bit. The 2000 model differentiates itself from the 1000 in that it is almost refrigerator-sized, able to print items in excess of 6 feet tall. With a build envelope of 820 x 780 x 1900 mm, this machine also comes equipped with a 1000 watt heated print bed. Both Builder EXTREME models have the following shared specifications:
- Print Technology: FDM/FFF
- Printer Speed: 10 – 120 mm
- Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 – 0.8 – 1.2 mm
- Extruder: Dual-Feed Extruder
- Print Material: PLA, PVA, Wood, etc.
- Printer Filament Size: 1.75mm
- Features: Fully closed casing, stand alone capabilities, WiFi, inboard camera, color mix software, remote control with tablet/smartphone
As one would expect, neither machine is very cheap. The EXTREME 1000 is priced at €14,750 (approximately $16,510), while the EXTREME 2000 is €17,500 (approximately $19,590), both excluding VAT. Both printers will be available for factory pickup within three months. At these price points, such machines would be suitable for businesses, large and small, as well as serious hobbyists.
Let’s hear your thoughts on both models of the Builder EXTREME. Is this the most capable FFF 3D printer you have ever seen? Discuss in the Builder EXTREME 1000 & 2000 forum thread on 3DPB.com. For those interested in checking these machines out in person, they are on display at RapidPro 2015, at booths 117 and 118 from today until this Thursday, the 5th, in Veldhoven, Netherlands.