Makers and hobbyists that are looking for a resin-based personal 3D printer might be interested in a new creation unveiled this month by Reify based in Taiwan, called the Solus 3D Printer.
The Solus 3D Printer is capable of using an externally supplied DLP projector using either a standard XGA 1024 x 768 or HD 1920 x 1080 projector, with the HD option providing additional print resolution.
“Solus is a projector-based stereolithography printer that offers a combination of flexibility, quality and durability at an unparalleled price. Using our patent-pending TUF peeling method we have eliminated the need for replacing or re-coating resin tanks, while at the same time providing a low-stick surface for smooth peeling. This smooth peeling allows the user to print objects with a professional-level surface quality, surpassing the majority of printers available on the market today.
Made of solid, laser-cut aluminum with stainless steel components, it not only looks good, it’s built to last. Features such as a precision leadscrew with a professional-grade anti-backlash nut, inset bubble level and quick releases ensure print quality and ease of use.”
When using the “XGA” mode, the Solus 3D Printer can print XY resolution of up to 50 microns, (0.050mm), while in “HD” mode the Solus can go as fine as 25 microns (0.025mm) in the XY axis. The Z-axis layers are as small as 1 (ONE!) micron (0.001mm). Reify founder Mark Kuhnlein explains a little more :
“Our greatest effort went into creating a peeling system that allows the user to print large, highly detailed or minute objects while eliminating the need for replacing or re-coating the resin tank. To achieve this, we drew on our team’s expertise in the flat-panel and semiconductor industries to source a material with high strength, excellent chemical resistance and a low surface energy. We have named this patent-pending tilt peeling method TUF due to its durability.”
Unfortunately at the current time the Solus 3D Printer is not available to purchase but will be available with an XGA projector when their Indiegogo campaign launch at a price of $1,300 or without projector for $1,000. For more information on the new Solus 3D Printer in the mean time jump over to the official website for details. Raspberry Pi enthusiasts may also be interested in our essential guide to Raspberry Pi displays and HATS.