Recently when I was in France, I had the opportunity to visit some FabLabs and Makerspaces located within Paris and the surrounding area. What I learned is that 3D printing is really beginning to become popular in the West European country. But then again, where isn’t 3D printing starting to catch on? While the majority of desktop 3D printers are manufactured in other countries, France seems to be a breeding ground for ‘makers’ of all kinds, so it will come as no surprise if we really begin to see 3D printing hardware manufactured in the country very soon.
In fact, it may have already begun, as today we have been made aware of a new 3D printer that will soon be released, stemming from a collaboration between two French companies, Bold-Design and DOOD Studio. The 3D printer, called the Digital Object Maker Pro (DOM Pro for short), is an FDM machine built from aluminum, steel, and plexiglass.
So what exactly is the selling point to this new 3D printer, you ask? Well, for starters it is super fast. Bold-Design says that because of the printer’s steel reinforced structure and linear displacements along high quality guide rails that keep the X and Y axes super rigid, it is capable of printing at speeds that are faster than most of its competitors.
Bold-Design claims that the machine, which originally began being designed three years ago based on an open source RepRap model, can print at speeds of up to 300mm/s.
“Digital Object Maker Pro is a printer that is different from other models in its class by its robustness, speed and elegance,” representatives from DOOD explained. “It is possible to print at high speeds while maintaining the geometry of the 3D object. DOM Pro is controlled by a card type Arduino allowing it to be controlled by the Open Source software of your choice.”
As for the specifications of the DOM Pro, they are as follows:
- Technology: FDM/FFF
- Print Speed: 15 to 300mm/s
- Number of Nozzles: 1
- Print Volume: 200 x 200 x 200 mm
- Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
- Print Resolution: up to 20 microns
- Print Bed: Heated bed
- Printer Size: 370 x 430 x 370 mm
- Printer Weight: 16 kg
While there has been no exact release date or price announced as of yet, the printer does appear to be a high quality machine. Only time will tell how well it prints though. What do you think about this new 3D printer, manufactured in France? Does it have potential? Discuss in the DOM Pro 3D Printer forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video of the printer below.