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Pirx 3D Offers the Design for Their 3D Printer as Open Source Material

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PirxPirx 3D, the Kraków, Poland-based 3D printer manufacturer, say that only two months after launching their latest model, the PIRX One, they’re releasing all the source material for their first, wooden-framed model called PIRX.

The PIRX was released nearly two years ago and now the device is poised to reach a wider community with the announcement that they plan to give out the design in the form of a free and ready for non-commercial use set of files.

With their roots firmly in the RepRap community, Pirx 3D says their indebtedness to the open source community led them to make the decision to make their project — and its components — open.

“Thousands of users gave our first printer a try,” says Piotr Lipert, CEO of Pirx 3D. “Thanks to their feedback, we’ve had the opportunity to learn what major challenges 3D printing posed to the users. Not only have we been able to improve existing solutions, but we have also come up with completely new features. The holy grail of the design process was to make a printer that would be as trouble-free a device as possible, and using it would be as easy as using a TV. But without a remote control.”

Piotr Lipert, the CEO of Pirx 3D

Piotr Lipert, CEO of Pirx 3D

This wooden-framed version of the PIRX 3D printer includes files with sliced frame information for laser-cutting, electronics, and firmware data. According to Pirx 3D, the user manual, videos, and tutorial for the printer and a list of all its necessary parts will be released in the next few days.

The latest version of the company’s printers features a full metal casing with an automatic leveling system for its heated bed, and relies on a sensor to measure the bed position in three different locations. The PIRX One software automatically compensates for calibration errors to do away with bed leveling.

Priced at $1300 (with the heated bed), the PIRX One features a 210 x 270 x 210 build volume and an SD card or USB connectivity system. It’s compatible with ABS, nylon, NinjaFlex, and other filaments including all PLA and PLA-based materials.

All open source files for the PIRX are available for download from GitHub.

Will you be downloading the files from GitHub to build your own version of the open source PIRX printer? Let us know in the PIRX Open Source 3D Printer forum thread on 3DPB.com. Pirx’s CEO introduces the idea in the video below.

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The PIRX One 3D Printer

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