FELIXprinters is one of those long-time 3D printer manufacturers, and now they have released their latest machine, the FELIX Tec 4.
The FELIX Tec 4 is an evolution of its predecessor, the FELIX Tec 3, which proved to be a popular option for some users.
This open-format machine offers a generous build volume of 255 x 205 x 225mm. The heated print surface is able to hit 95C, making it possible to 3D print a wider variety of materials, including: “PLA, PET (G), Wood, Arnitel, T-glase, Ninjaflex, HIPS, ABS, Laybrick, PVA, Nylon”.
Resolution is quite good; the specifications indicate layers as small as 0.05mm are possible, but what’s of greater interest is that the standard nozzle size on this machine is 0.35mm, not the defacto standard in the industry of 0.40mm. This means the machine by default will issue a smaller bead of plastic per extrusion, making finer details more easily achieved.
What’s new in the FELIX Tec 4? It seems that the Netherlands-based company is focusing on ease of use, as they obtained significant feedback from their customer base.
One ease of use feature is a faster time to print, as the machine now includes an automated calibration routine. This technology will “map” the surface to determine bumps, which are subsequently handled during 3D printing operations. They say:
This new feature will almost guarantee a perfect first layer, which is essential for a successful print.
However, in this image it appears there are at least some manual steps in the process, so it’s probably assisted leveling instead of fully automated leveling.
Another very interesting feature is the print surface, which has changed to a removable flexible system. The FELIX BuildPlate lifts off the platform and can then be slightly twisted instantly pop off a print. No more chiseling!
Finally, there is a “one click print” system that should make starting prints a bit easier. This is engaged from a new front panel system that has “improved control buttons”.
Pricing of the Felix Tec 4 varies, depending on your choices.
The factory-assembled version is priced at €1,499 (USD$1,775) and €1,649 (USD$1,960) for single and dual extruder versions respectively.
The DIY kit version is priced at €1,099 (USD$1,300) and €1,229 (USD$1,460) for single and dual extruder versions respectively.
It’s also possible to add a WiFi printer controller for another €95 (USD$113) if you want to try monitoring and controlling your FELIX Tec 4 remotely.
We’re also told that it is possible to upgrade a Tec 3 to a Tec 4 with an upgrade, but at this time we are unable to identify a price for this package.
FELIXprinters has an excellent reputation in the industry and offers not only a one year guarantee on products, but also a lifetime support service. If you’re considering a desktop 3D printer, the FELIX Tec 4 might be one for you.