We’re looking at the product launch for two low-cost, but high-volume 3D printers, the Scalar M and Scalar XL from 3D Modular Systems.
When we say high volume, we mean it. The Scalar M, the smaller of the two, has a print volume of 300 x 200 x 250mm, somewhat larger than your average personal 3D printer. The larger of the pair, the Scalar XL, has a print volume of 400 x 300 x 400, making it one of the largest volumes you can buy for a low price.
Aside from the standard features you’d find on most open-sided 3D printers, such as LCD screen, open filament capability, heated print surface, quiet stepper motors and a rigid frame, the Scalar machines offer a couple of interesting features:
- The hot ends are designed to be quickly replaced and standard third party versions can be easily accommodated, including the very popular E3D, as well as the AluHotEnd and Prometheus.
- The extruder head includes a built-in auto-leveling inductive probe that should make printing much easier on these machines.
- Kits are offered to convert the M to the XL, or, strangely, the XL to the M.
The Scalar M is offered at €650 (USD$712) and the XL at €850 (USD$913), which is a pretty good price for a machine with such large volume. However, according to their Kickstarter page, the company has made only a small handful of sales so far, and their campaign ends soon, on July 19th. We suspect they’d get more sales if they opened up shipping to points outside the EU.