Region manufacturers seem to exist in every area. That paradigm continues with the Russian-made Picaso Designer personal 3D printer.
It’s a filament-based device, like many regional machines, capable of printing either PLA or ABS plastic, offering fairly typical specifications:
- Build volume of 200 x 200 x 200mm
- Layer size of 0.05mm
- Minimum wall thickness of 0.19mm
- Standalone machine using USB or SD card gcode input
- Two nozzles sizes, 0.30 and 0.15mm
- Display panel to monitor print operations
But then you’ll notice a few advanced features:
- Enclosed (and heated) build chamber to minimize ABS warping effects
- Automatic calibration of the print bed
- Russian-specific software interface
We’re quite interested in the heated chamber; this is likely a violation of Stratasys’ patents, but as the Picaso is not sold directly in USA so we do not expect lawsuits.
The fully-assembled unit can be obtained for RUB 99,000, or USD$3000.
Should you consider the Picaso Designer? If you’re located in Russia, certainly – the company can provide service, support and handle enquiries in Russian at the correct times of day.
If you’re not in Russia or even Europe, it might be a stretch to go for a Picaso. But that’s the beauty of regional manufacturers: they can provide excellent support tuned to the area they market within.