The World’s First Snap Together 3D Printer

By on January 17th, 2014 in Ideas


Designed in 2011 at a local machine shop in Fullerton, California, the modular Snap 3D printer has come a long way in the past few years.
Originally constructed from wood and held together with store bought components, today’s Snap 3D has become a fully functional 3D printer capable of servicing the prototyping needs of anyone from students to startups.
Build around a colorful, precision milled HDPE frame, the Snap features a 203 x 203 x 203 mm (8 x 8 x 8 in) build volume and can print at a 0.1 mm (100 micron) resolution, exactly the same as its $2,000 counterpart the Replicator 2.
Building models using PLA plastic, the Snap 3D weighs a scant 7.25 kg (16 lbs) and features both USB and micro SD connectivity.  With a heated Helios print bed, the Snap is novel not only for its technology but for its construction method as well.

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!