Polish 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax has announced a new 3D printer at the Additive Manufacturing Europe 2016 Expo. It’s called the Zortrax M300, and it’s the company’s BIGGEST 3D printer to date.
Make Something BIG
The key selling point of the M300 is its enormous build volume, and with a build volume of 300 x 300 x 300 mm, the M300 offers a significantly larger build space than the company’s M200 model (for reference, the M200 has a build volume of 200 x 200 x 180 mm). That’s 275 per cent more volume for making stuff; and more is always better.
According to the Compny’s CEO, Zortrax created the M300 out of a “direct response to the needs of our customers.” Those needs include the ability to print much larger parts than the M200 can, evidently, and in a promotional video for the M300, the true potential of the printer can be seen. We’ve embedded the video for you below:
From a distance, it’s easy to mistake the new M300 for its smaller sibling, the M200 (check out the image below). They have the same aesthetic; a svelte black case and a very professional finish. However, the M300 isn’t simply a blown-up M200. It has several new features which make 3D printing easier – and it is these features which differentiate it from the M200.
The first of those features is enlarged material spools with a usage display. The enlarged spools make swapping out materials easier, and they also make checking how much material has been used a lot easier.
The M300 also comes bundled with side covers. These are designed to maintain a constant temperature in the build chamber, to protect prints. Models printed with side covers are more consistent and less likely to stick hard onto the build plate, thus reducing manual processing frustrations. Side covers have been shown to improve larger print consistency with the M200, so they are a must-have feature for M300 users – so obviously, it’s nice to see them bundled with the M300.
The M300 can also print four of the company’s proprietary materials. These include: Z-ULTRAT, a versatile plastic; Z-HIPS, a material that delivers a smooth matte finish; Z-GLASS, a material that’s semi-transparent; and Z-PETG, an extremely tough and hardy material with chemical resistance.
Okay, so we might have exaggerated a little when we said that the M300 isn’t simply a blown-up version of the M200. Because, for all intents and purposes, the M300 has the same technology powering it. But that isn’t a bad thing or a negative by any means – the Zortrax M200 is one of the most reliable and consistent 3D printers we have ever used and tested, so it’s only right that Zortrax share this DNA with their latest model.
The M300 will print at a layer resolution of 90-300 microns and it has a positioning precision of 1.5 microns on the X and Y-axes. The single extruder’s maximum temperature is 380°C (716°F) and the build platform’s maximum temperature is 110°C (230°F). Those are the same specifications as the M200, except the M300 has a lesser resolution range (for reference, the M200 will print a layer resolution of 90-400 microns).
What this means is that the M300 offers the same reliability, dimensional accuracy and precision that M200 users have come to love and appreciate. Zortrax has taken the best of the Zortax M200 and put it into a bigger package, so that users can print bigger than ever before. Other than that larger build volume and those enlarged spools, there’s little new here – but that’s fine, because the foundation that the M300 is built on is absolutely rock solid.
Founded in 2013 by Rafal Tomasiak and Marcin Olchanowski, Zortrax is a Polish manufacturer of 3D printers. The company’s first 3D Printer, the M200, was three years in the making. Work started on the M200 in 2011 and it was launched in 2013, after a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. The M200 served as the company’s only 3D printer, until the Inventure was announced in 2015. Like the M200, the Inventure is a Layer Plastic Deposition (LPD) 3D printer. However, it is smaller than the M200 with a more office-friendly aesthetic.
Zortrax also manufacture proprietary filaments for their 3D printers. These include Z-HIPS, Z-PETG and Z-Glass (among others). These filaments offer much more than standard thermoplastic polymers; for example, Z-HIPS has one of the highest impact strengths of any thermoplastic polymer on the market.