Everyone’s getting in on the laser-resin 3D printer market, it seems. Now we see Full Spectrum Laser, a company previously dedicated to traditional laser equipment, has produced their very first 3D printer, the Pegasus Touch.
The company currently markets laser engraving equipment, but launching a 3D printer is an entirely new venture. It makes sense as they can apply their considerable laser expertise to the problem. We got the impression they’re trying to make the lowest cost SLA 3D printer possible.
The Pegasus Touch, like most resin-based 3D printers, includes a transparent orange cover that keeps out UV rays that would otherwise solidify the resin. It contains a blue ray 405nm laser, which should be well-performing as Full Spectrum Laser knows their lasers. A spokesperson indicated 0.05mm resolution is possible, but 0.1mm resolution is standard.
This machine is not slow; we were told a 22cm Eiffel Tower model was printed in approximately five hours, suggesting a vertical print speed of ~40mm/s, at least for that model.
While it is possible to use any old UV-curable resin in the Pegasus Touch, they prefer you use their own resins. Why? Because they’ve been custom-developed in house by their two staff chemists, who specifically tuned the machine to match the chemistry of their resins. Currently they’re selling resin for around USD$100/l.
There’s a reasonable build volume in this machine, 178 x 178 x 228mm. You’ll be able to control the unit from its touch panel (above) where you can see all 3D models currently loaded into the box. You can deliver 3D models to the printer via USB stick, Ethernet or WiFi. This is all possible due to the embedded Linux computer, which we suspect could easily perform more magic in the future.
Can you buy a Pegasus Touch? Kind of – they accepted pre-orders on their Kickstarter site, which, you might want to know, exceeded their original goals by almost eight times. It’s a huge success.
A Pegasus Touch will set you back about USD$2,500, but you’ll have to wait a few months before they begin shipping.