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Leapfrog’s Xcel: The Tallest 3D Printer Of Them All

 The new Leapfrog Xcel 3D printer: super tall! 

The new Leapfrog Xcel 3D printer: super tall! 

One of Leapfrog’s new products seems to hit a milestone by offering what might be the tallest build volume yet seen in 3D printers. 

The Xcel is actually not a desktop unit, unless you plan to raise the ceiling in your workshop to accommodate the incredible height of this machine. It’s strangely skinny build volume is 530 x 500 x 2300mm (and slightly less wide for the dual extruder version).

A machine with that size is large, and the Xcel’s exterior dimensions are 945 x 1030 x 2900mm. Yes, this machine is almost 3 meters tall! Not for desktops, obviously. You’d best check your workshop’s ceiling size before ordering one to ensure it will fit! 

The Xcel is a premium machine with plenty of features. Some highlights include:

  • Dual extruder option
  • Enclosed build volume to capture heat
  • Heated granite-composite print surface (to 80C, a bit less than ABS requirements)
  • Large nozzle option, up to 1.2mm for speeding up larger prints
  • Automatic bed calibration
  • Integrated WiFi networking
  • Integrated Linux OS to manage print operations

There’s one other thing: the Xcel prints only PLA plastic. 

Now, you might think that’s a problem, but I don’t believe so. That’s because for prints of this size, you really cannot expect success using any warp-prone plastics like ABS. PLA’s extremely low warpage makes it the ideal material for a machine like the Xcel. In fact, other very-large-scale 3D printers such as BigRep or 3D Platform also use PLA exclusively. 

By the way, the integrated WiFi is used to provide a link between the onboard operations and remote control. Leapfrog is providing a means to monitor and control the Xcel’s operations from laptops, tablets or even smartphones. 

 A stylish 3D printed lampshade printed on the new Leapfrog Xcel

A stylish 3D printed lampshade printed on the new Leapfrog Xcel

Using a machine like this will permit you to print functional furniture-sized objects, such as this abstract lamp shade. 

 A 3D printed chair, produced on the new Leapfrog Xcel

A 3D printed chair, produced on the new Leapfrog Xcel

Or this fully-functional chair, made entirely of 3D printed PLA plastic. 

As you might imagine, this machine carries a premium price. I can’t say specifically what it might be, as you’ll have to contact them directly for a quote. That’s always the sign of a higher-priced machine. 

Via Leapfrog

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