Barcelona-based BCN3D has released a series of more advanced 3D printers.
The three-year old Spanish company began by producing and selling 1,100 RepRap-style hobby 3D printers, but now they’ve gone far beyond that level with the introduction of not one, but three new machines. Well, one isn’t a 3D printer, but still.
The sales of the original machine financed the development of the new machines. At top we see the Sigma 3D printer. The machine is a full-featured plastic extrusion model, with all the niceties you’d expect to find, including this beauty of a tactile control panel.
But by far the most interesting feature is that it’s a dual extrusion machine, having two extruders. Ok, that’s not news, but what is news is that these extruders move independently! Most dual extruder machines have both extruders bolted together and they move at the same time in the same ways. As you can see in this video, it’s different. In the video only one extruder moves, while the other remains at the side. Theoretically, both extruders could be printing simultaneously, if software were to drive them properly and avoid collisions.
The Sigma sells for €1,750 (USD$1,950).
And there’s more. The also introduced the LUX, a DLP-based high-resolution resin 3D printer shown here. This machine will sell for approximately €7,000 (USD$7,800), but will not be available until sometime later this month.
Yes, they also announced a laser cutter, the Ignis, priced at €11,000 (USD$12,200), but it’s not a 3D printer, although it is an interesting device.
What surprises us so much about BCN3D is how they’ve managed to move from a single hobby-style machine to a larger company with no less than four unique models in so short a time. Other companies have been satisfied to simply upgrade their single machine over the years, but not BCN3D.