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New Gaja 3D Multitool Printer — Multi-Functionality with Dual Extruders & Ten Printing Heads

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Gaja MultitoolTYTAN 3D isn’t just sitting idle, soaking up last year’s successes with both their full metal extruder and Gaja clay 3D printer, but is still hitting the ground running for 2015 with the addition of the Gaja Multitool. They’ve not only added a new look to their 3D printer, but have given it a new perspective–and are presenting it as a comprehensive new package.

The new aspects of the Gaja 3D printer were the result of researching and discovering, with great pleasure and surprise, that it is capable of being extremely multi-functional due to the foundation they built it with originally. While the Gaja already printed with clay, they have expanded it to print with a variety of materials such as ABS and PLA, ceramics, paper, and even more. The delta 3D printer that they used for the original Gaja turned out to be perfect for the mechanical changes and additions the team wanted to make.

Gaja-Multitool-03”We were very surprised when, together with Pawel Rokita, we started to explore the advantages of a mechanical system for our delta 3D printer that we used in Gaja. During the tests and trials with great ease we changed the print heads for very different types,” said Janusz Wojcik.

“We exchanged the head of clay on the weight of plastics. At some point we decided to mount the router. Taking into account a number of built CNCs we knew that it would work, but it not only worked, it showed high processing capabilities. We have developed different heads, and it turned out that Gaja 3D is capable within a few seconds to transforming devices for various applications.”

The team was able to maximize function of the original 3D clay printer because of the stationary aspects of the delta 3D printer’s print bed. Due to that, 3D printing, milling, using the laser capabilities, and more are all possible. Because the base of the Gaja is made of extremely sturdy aluminum, it’s much more conducive to multi-functionality, and all of the moving parts are made of very high quality aluminum as well. The machine is easily cleaned, which is a crucial point if you have been 3D printing and need to wipe away clay or milling waste.

gaja oneThe Gaja Multitool comes with two extruders and ten different printing heads. The first extruder is easy to load with clay and clean, and while it allows for a large volume of 3D printing with clay, an extra tank is required to use it to full capacity. The team recommends in that case using a nozzle of one to six mm to be used in tandem with a larger tank that holds ten liters.

The second extruder allows for 3D printing of a variety of materials, to include PLA, ABS, paper, ceramics, and much more. The TYTAN 3D team points out that there are a wide range of items the user can choose to 3D print with—it just depends on their creativity, and it’s very easy to switch materials quickly, with only a few seconds required to switch extruders. There are ten interchangeable heads, and they can each be used for:

  • Engraving, with a diamond stylus
  • Cutting, with a knife blade
  • CNC milling
  • Writing, using a special marker for ratcheting PCB plates
  • Laser (still fairly experimental)

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This is the first device of its kind in Poland, and the TYTAN 3D team feels considerably certain it may be the only one of its kind anywhere with such interoperability and functionality. Offering a heated bed, it offers minimum printing height of 0.1mm, and a print area 30 cm wide and 36 – 40 cm tall.

Is this a multi-functional 3D printer that you are interested in exploring? Tell us your thoughts in the New Gaja 3D Multitool Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Via: centrumdruku3d.pl]

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