The Sharebot SnowWhite has had quite a journey over the last year and some-odd months, and we’ve been following as leaders in R&D, Gabriele Carloni and Andrea Radaelli, have been improving, discovering new capabilities, and putting the finishing touches on their first low-cost laser sintering (LS) system and 3D printer which will now be available for pre-order as soon as September 22nd, and is to be unveiled soon at the Dusseldorf Euromold 2015, where it will kick off its debut into the maker faire arena.
A newer startup, founded in 2012 and headquartered in Nibionno, Italy, Sharebot stays in the news continually, following a dynamic game plan to make substantial contributions to the world of 3D printing. And we’ve been following them–and keeping an eye on their progress with the SnowWhite for well over a year now, and into the last few months as they’ve progressed to a system that prints not only in nylon and nylon blends, but even sugar. As they worked on improving all the processes of this new 3D printer that has been in the functioning stages at least since spring, the official release price is €35K.
With the goal to allow anyone to be able to 3D print intricate, high-resolution objects, Sharebot is putting out a 3D printer that, as the Sharebot team says, has passed through “some very crucial moments.” First, they released the Sharebot SnowWhite candidate release version, and then the printer’s beta-testing program, just before heading into production with the new machine which will begin shipping out in January of 2016.
One of their critical decisions was to modify the printer so that the sintering process happens in a “hot” environment which would allow it to use PA12 material. They have also increased the build size to 100 x 100 x 130 mm with a better distribution system and method for the powder material, with increased speed as well.
- Laser power: 14 wat co2
- Printing chamber temperature: up to 160°C
- Printing area temperature: up to 200°C
- Laser speed: up to 3.000mm/s
- Scan: 100 mm x 100 mm
- Scan precision on X and Y axes: 100 microns
- Layer precision on Z axis: from 50 microns
- Printing speed on Z axis: up to 30mm/h
- Capacity: 1.3 litri
- Maximum power consumption: 1 kw
- Size: 500 x 500 x 800 mm
- Weight: 60kg
- Tested powders: commercial PA 12
Let’s hear your thoughts on this upcoming new 3D printing in the Snow White forum thread on 3DPB.com.