The RoVa3D Desktop 3D Printer And Its FIVE Nozzles!

By on March 2nd, 2016 in printer

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Most 3D printers have but a single nozzle, or perhaps two. But the RoVa3D has up to FIVE nozzles. 

Made by ORD Solutions, the RoVa3D can handle up to five different filaments at a time using its five Bowden-style extruders. In fact, while that’s the most visibly unusual feature on this printer, it has a few more that might surprise you. 

Let’s check out the key features on this unusual Canadian-made unit:

  • Aerospace-grade aluminum and steel hardware throughout the frame
  • All injection-molded plastic parts
  • All metal hot ends that can run up to 450C, creating the ability to print in almost any available filament
  • Possible materials: PLA, ABS, Soft PLA, HIPS, PVA, PET, PETT, Taulman, Laywoo, Laybrick, ESD, Conductive, POM, Carbon Fiber, Wood, Brick, Nylon, Polycarbonate, carbon nanotube and more being tested
  • LIQUID COOLED hot ends! Perhaps this is necessary given the extreme temperatures possible
  • Four sizes of nozzles available, 0.35mm, 0.50mm, 0.70mm and 1.00mm, oh, and they have a quick-swap design, too
  • 0.1mm tolerance flat build surface that can heat up to 125C on the entire surface (not just a hot spot in the middle)
  • Very healthy print volume of 284 x 301 x 191mm
  • Minimum layer height of only 0.025mm, smaller than most extrusion-based 3D printers
  • Full set of tools for operations and maintenance
  • Optional high-power stepper motors to drive printing at up to 200mm/second
  • Optional ability to swap in powerful servo motors in place of the standard stepper motors

You might agree with us that this machine packs in many very practical high-end features. 

You might be wondering how the liquid cooling works. As far as we can tell, it seems that the hot liquid is circulated to a central fan unit, where the fluid is cooled before returning to the extruders.

The five extruders pose a number of interesting scenarios: 

  • If the 3D model is sufficiently small, you can print up to five of them simultaneously using all nozzles
  • You can print in up to five different colors in a single 3D model (so long as the colors are separate STL shells)
  • You can print complex models in multiple colors even if they require support structures

As you can see, this machine has some terrific properties. But how much does it cost, you ask? The manufacturer, ORD Solutions, sells the 5-extruder unit for as USD$2,750. While the RoVa3D definitely does not include many bells and whistles, it bristles with raw 3D printing capabilities that would be of great interest to those producing complex objects. 

Via ORD Solutions

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!