Afinia has launched their latest 3D printer, the H800, which is larger and includes some interesting new features.
The H800’s main claim to fame would be its significantly larger build volume. Their previous flagship model, the H480, has a build volume of 127 x 127 x 127mm, whereas the new model is up to 254 x 203 x 203mm. That’s a volume increase of 5.12X!
But there’s a lot more to this upgrade.
The H800 includes a HEPA filtration system to remove odors and hopefully the questionable nanoparticles emitted by most filament-based 3D printers while they’re operating. We’re hoping this feature becomes standard on all personal 3D printers in the future.
The H800 also prints faster, said to be 30% faster, with 0.1mm layers. The unit now includes a fully enclosed cabinet to retain heat and increase printing reliability.
As with the H480, the H800 also includes one of the smartest systems for generating breakaway support material you’ll find and a platform leveling system. The system is designed to be immediately useful upon unboxing.
Afinia has been battling with Stratasys over the use of the latter’s patented 3D printing processes. Afinia has been defending against the claims, and in fact one of them has been dropped by Stratasys. Meanwhile, it’s interesting to note that the H800’s fully-enclosed chamber appears to us to be a bit technologically closer to one of Stratasys’ patents that relates to heat control during printing operations, U.S. Patent No. 5,866,058 “METHOD FOR RAPID PROTOTYPING OF SOLID MODELS”.
The H800 is unfortunately not yet available for purchase, but you can add yourself the the waiting list. As of this writing, there are no pricing details, but it’s pretty clear the price will be somewhat higher than the H480’s USD$1,299.