The Next Generation Sharebot XXL

By on September 28th, 2014 in printer


They named it the “XXL” and they weren’t joking. Sharebot’s latest machine is a giant. 

Italy-based Sharebot says the XXL is dedicated to:

Architects and engineers who demand a tool which could realize models and prototypes with bigger dimensions, higher printing quality and higher definition

The most notable specification of the XXL is, of course, its build volume. This machine can print objects up to an amazing 700 x 200 x 200mm, more than double the volume of typical machines in this class. 

The XXL has fairly standard specs otherwise: 0.1mm layer size, PLA-only, no heated print surface, 0.35mm nozzle, 1.75mm filament and an integrated LCD control panel. 

While you might wonder why the machine didn’t include “advanced” features such as a heated print bed, enclosed environmental cabinet and dual extruders, we suspect it’s simply a matter of practicality.

With such a large print bed, the prints will take a long time to complete. If prints on the XXL weren’t big, you wouldn’t have purchase this machine, would you? It’s a simple, proven design that should just work, even at this size. 

Our single concern relates to possible warping of PLA. Without a heated plate, there is a risk that PLA may warp and unstick during printing. This is particularly concerning for large prints such as would be typically performed on this machine. We’d be adding a super-sticky removable print surface to the XXL’s normal print bed as an add-on. 

The XXL is in fact not shipping yet. However, you are welcome to pre-order one at a price of  €3,510 (USD$4,450), discounted for product launch from €3,900 (USD$4,950).

Via Sharebot

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!