If you need a sign that 3D printing isn’t just a local or regional phenomenon, then look no further than a company called InterLatin, based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Back in 2012, the company, run by Francisco Martín del Campo, Juan Pablo González and Ricardo Madrigal, launched the first “100% Mexican-made 3D printer” called the Colibrí 3D. The company, which was actually founded back in 1999 as a means to offer high-tech solutions in areas such as sales, application development, manufacturing, process consulting and more, has quickly become a well known entity in the country of Mexico, especially when it comes to 3D printing.
The first Colibri 3D printer that was launched back in 2012 sold 200 units the very day it was released. Since that time, the company has released a 3D scanner to go along with the Colibri PRO 3D printer. Today, they have informed 3DPrint.com that they will be releasing yet another 3D printer at the end of this month. On July 30, the Colibri HOME 3D printer will officially launch.
The Colibri HOME will be priced at just $300, and it will target schools, makers and at-home users. The company tells us that they already are working with a distributer in the United States, meaning it will soon be easy to purchase one of these affordable 3D printers whether you live in Mexico or not. Along with being distributed in the United States, the printer will be available throughout Mexico in stores such as Walmart, Ideaz3D, and Mex-bot.
“Understanding the fierce competition in the market, InterLatin and Colibri 3D wanted to develop a unique product, capable of delivering great advantages in terms of performance and usability,” Erika Santos, Marketing Manager for InterLatin tells 3DPrint.com. “On the outside, [the 3D printer] combines a solid, durable structure with a sleek, high quality design. In fact, it is available in several colors to match any need. As a complement to the printer, InterLatin provides a set of software to easily create, print and share 3D objects. This includes Constructor, a powerful application available in free and paid versions, which allows the user to build and modify 3D designs through a user-friendly interface, intuitive tools and a customizable work area.”
There is also another software package called “Blocks” which is easy enough for children to use in order to create any type of 3D printable design based on cubes. Then there is BlocksWeb, which allows users to upload, download or share their 3D objects with other users of the software.
As for the specifications of this new 3D Printer, they are as follows:
- 3D printing technology: FFF/FDM
- Build volume: 100x100x120mm
- Layer resolution: Between 0.1mm and 0.3mm
- Filament diameter: 3mm
- Filament type: PLA
- Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm standard, 0.35mm and 0.5mm available as add-ons
- Printable file types: STL, CIL, Gcode
For those interested in ordering this extremely affordable Colibri HOME machne, there will be a 2-week lead time upon placing an order. Orders are expected to begin shipping during the second week of August.
Erika Santos tells us that they have set a goal to sell 3,000 3D printers in Mexico this year alone.
“The idea is to bring this technology to Mexican households with a more affordable product, so anyone can create parts and accessories for their homes, customized toys, and simple school projects,” Santos explained. “This is why InterLatin is looking to approach the Mexican Government in order to develop a subsidy program that allows them to provide 3D printers to schools in the country, so children and teenagers can use this technology as an advanced learning tool.”
It should be interesting to continue following the release of this 3D printer, as we check back to see what types of results this machine is capable of. According to the official specifications, this machine appears to be quite the bargain when it comes to price. What do you think about the potential that this 3D printer presents? Discuss in the Colibri HOME 3D Printer forum thread on 3DPB.com.