You may remember India-based MaherSoft from our June article about the release of their industrial grade 3D printer “Indie.” Now, they are making news headlines again with a follow-up launch, only this time rather than focusing on an industrial market, they have created a desktop 3D printer, “Max.” The printer won’t actually be officially released until the 3D Printing World Expo 2015, to be held October 9 and 10 at the Nehru Center in Mumbai, India–though it’s available now for pre-order through their website for just $910 USD.
The consumer model was developed using the same engineering experience that had created the Indie. The desire was to create a seamless 3D printing experience that would meet the demands of students, hobbyists, and designers. In particular, they wanted to make sure that they addressed what they saw as the major difficulties users faced when interacting with a 3D printer. In order to counter unsatisfactory aspects of the 3D printing experience, such as low serviceability, poor reliability of the extruder, and general overall deterioration of the 3D printer through regular wear and tear, they approached the design of the Max looking for a rugged yet easy to access design.
The Max was built on a metal frame to provide a greater degree of ruggedness to a machine that is, for many, a significant investment. All of the components that are utilized in the printer are industry standard, thus making it as easy as possible for the user to order replacement parts or to obtain service on parts as they wear out.
In an email to 3DPrint.com, CEO of Maher Soft Technologies Mohammed Khorakiwala explained their approach to creating a product that is accessible to their clients:
“3D printers are complex machines, and some amount of customer engagement is required with the 3D printer, so that proper maintenance can happen. We have made each of our components, like our stepper motors, easily accessible to the customer. The customer can mount or replace these components with very little difficulty. Furthermore, these components are standard and should be easily available at any of the 3D printing online stores.”
It should come as no surprise that many owners of 3D printers take a hands on approach to their machines. Many of them are, after all, the makers and X-treme designers of the product world. The type of people who regularly build their own machines will certainly want to have the ability to make minor repairs and perform routine maintenance.
There was no sacrifice of capability in the creation of this addition to Maher’s line of 3D printers. The Max model has a single nozzle, a bed size of 8″ x 8″ x 6″, a Z-axis precision of .1mm, and an X, Y axis precision of .4mm. In addition, it has a very low power consumption rate, at 150W and it’s not bad looking either. This is just one of a number of products and processes to come out of India that remind the 3D printing world to keep its eye on the subcontinent.
Have you tried this new 3D Printer? What were your thoughts? Let us know in the MaherSoft forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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