The Solidoodle 3D Printer

The Solidoodle 3D PrinterYet another inexpensive 3D printer has emerged: the Solidoodle. The amusingly named device is unique because it is, as far as we can tell, the only fully assembled personal 3D printer currently available at a price under USD$1000: their price is only USD$699. But that’s their introductory price. The final price is no doubt a tad higher, and we’ll be seeking more information from Solidoodle on that. 
The device has a mostly enclosed metal build chamber of size 10x10x10cm and uses the increasingly popular 1.75mm ABS plastic filament size. It’s actually based on the RepRap design, as are many competing models. 
We haven’t seen output from this device yet, but with the 1.75mm filament, a 0.35mm extruder nozzle and a stepper motor-powered extruder, the quality is likely there. Another feature we like is that the build platform moves only up and down on the Z-axis, reducing the risk of tipping over tall prints. 
If you want one of these, you’ll have to place an order and get into the batch sequence. They’re intending on making 20 units in the first batch, probably more in subsequent runs.   Orders should be fulfilled in 4 weeks or so. 
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