Anna Lee and Gordon LaPlante, the founders and partners behind gCreate, have just announced the introduction of their new gMax 1.5+ and gMax 1.5 XT+ 3D printers, large-format desktop 3D printers they say are ideal for makers and home users. The company’s gMax 1.5 and gMax 1.5 XT 3D printers were launched in October 2014.
“Our vision for gCreate is quite simple: to be the premiere one-stop source for 3D printing and fabrication,” the pair say. “Through our growing selection of products and resources, we seek to continuously disrupt the status quo and introduce groundbreaking innovations to the mainstream in high quality and cost effective ways.”
For his part LaPlante, 31, an architect and graduate of the Pratt Institute, is a long-time 3D design maker who says he grew up in a “handy household.” His work in architecture led him into 3D printing and he used the technology to create models of buildings for clients.
Features aimed at increased functionality and easily swappable beds and tool heads mean their new line has the capability to print a wide variety of materials such as PLA, ABS, Ninja Flex, Carbon Fiber, water soluble PVA, Woodfill, Bronzefill, Stainless Steel and a long list of other innovative materials.
Both models ship fully assembled, calibrated and tested, and the gMax 1.5+ starts at $2495.
The gMax 1.5 XT+ retails for $2995, and those prices mean the gMax line boasts the lowest price per cubic inch across the FDM 3D printing market. The price for each of the printers includes free shipping within the US, a set of accessories and a complimentary spool of Colorfabb PLA filament. These latest offerings also come prepared for the optional addition of a dual extruder add-on and carbon fiber printed parts option.
The original gMax Printer launched via Kickstarter in 2013, and the pair say the company has growing by listening to feedback from their customer base. Design upgrades such as a laser cut, all-aluminum bed carriage and a metal x-axis extruder plate for simplified leveling and tool head changing were part of that process.
“Since starting our company in October 2013, we made a conscious decision to focus on a loyal and dedicated customer base as well as on operations and R&D rather than marketing and pure sales,” they say. “The result is an amazing product that is ready for wide distribution.”
The pair had a clear vision of where they wanted to go, which led to this latest line of products. They started the company in a one-bedroom apartment in the Bedford Stuyvesant district and are now located in Industry City just a few short blocks from MakerBot headquarters. Each printer in their line is designed, manufactured and shipped from that Brooklyn location.
“Offering competitively priced, high quality 3D printers with large build volume capabilities has always been at the heart of the gCreate ethos,” they say. “That we can now offer our latest and greatest printers fully assembled, calibrated, and pre-tested while providing free shipping and maintaining all operations in-house is a testament to how much we care about the integrity of our business and how excited we are to provide quality products to this amazing community of creators.”
Could you use a printer with the build volume capability of the gMax line in your work? Let us know in the gCreate gMax forum thread on 3DPB.com.