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Low-cost 3D printer enables rapid prototyping

Posted: 11 Mar 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RS Components  3D printer  prototyping  fused deposition modelling 

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, brings to market what it boasts as the first RS brand 3D printer that claims to provide professional-quality specifications and exceptional print output. The RS IdeaWerk 3D printer costs about $1040, making it roughly 30 per cent cheaper than other 3D printers in its class, stated the company.

Targeting a range of users including electronics and mechanical engineers involved in design, prototyping and research and development, as well as enthusiasts and those in education, the RS IdeaWerk 3D printer augments the growing range of rapid-prototyping machines available from RS. The portfolio includes other highly affordable 3D printers from 3D Systems, Ultimaker, BEEVERYCREATIVE and RepRapPro.

RS IdeaWerk 3D printer

The RS IdeaWerk employs the fused deposition modelling (FDM) technology and offers high-level specifications including a build volume of 150mm x 150mm x 140mm and a minimum layer thickness resolution of 0.18mm. The single-head system accepts 1.75mm-diameter PLA filament materials with many different colours, also available from RS.

The use of environmentally friendly PLA material means no toxicity or chemical pollution or unpleasant smells, making it highly suitable for home and industrial environments. In addition, the machine's very low print noise makes it ideal for offices and classrooms, added the company.

Geared to handle the toughest print jobs and offering a robust and sturdy construction, the RS IdeaWerk is easy to assemble and use and also lightweight enough to be portable, detailed RS. The machine has dimensions of 211mm x 403mm x 298mm and weighs 7.5kg.

The RS IdeaWerk 3D printer can be used in either online or offline mode, i.e. with or without a PC with connectivity via SD card or USB. The printer is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS including XP, Vista, 7 and 8/8.1, with no additional software or accessories necessary.

The RS IdeaWerk 3D printer is available from RS across EMEA and Asia Pacific.

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