The Helix 3D Printer

By on November 6th, 2013 in printer


Created by Acuity Design of Montana, the Helix is a higher-grade personal 3D printer focusing on professional markets, unlike the countless other low-cost 3D printers appearing on Kickstarter that hope to address consumer needs. 
While professional offices currently have commercial 3D printer options that range from USD$10-20K, that price, although lower than industrial 3D printers, is often more than can be afforded by the organization. 
That’s where the Helix comes in, as it is priced at a modest USD$6850 – but can be purchased now on Kickstarter for only USD$4750. 
But what makes the Helix a “professional” unit, as compared to the so-called consumer 3D printers? Here’s our take: 
  • No-slip extruders to reduce slips and jams
  • Dual print heads for support material
  • large 30L (1 cubic ft) build volume for larger prints
  • No belts used for high precision and speed
  • Ability to print unusual plastics such as Nylon, PETT, Polycarbonate
  • Closed chamber to reduce ABS and Nylon warping
These are indeed features you wouldn’t find on typical personal 3D printers. But the machine is a prototype and they’re hoping to raise funds for production. 
While the machine vision sounds brilliant, we’re concerned that they may not reach their funding goal of USD$95K, as they’re currently only about 1/3 of the way to the top. This is a pricey item, as it should be, and institutions may have difficulty committing to support for a brand new product. 
We’re hoping they do. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!


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