LIGHTNING RELEASES (9/15/2014) – An team of designers and engineers from Australia has developed what they describe as “the worlds most affordable commercial quality 3D printer that could redefine how 3D printers shape the future.”??
“When designing Rapide Lite we looked at current 3D printers and what we found was a big gap in the market between the low-end hobbyist 3D printers and commercial quality 3D printers,” says Ethan Hunt, Rapide 3D CEO.
There seems to be a race to the bottom mentality in the market where people believe they need to be offering machines for $99. We simply do not see the benefit in this type of machine as the output is extremely low quality and in reality impractical other than for making toys. What we believe the market needs are high quality, functional 3D printers that are affordable and enable the end user to produce prototypes rapidly, Hunt said.
At Rapide 3D we have developed a unique X Wing Axis that significantly increases the precision and resolution of our 3D printers. Built from aircraft grade 5026 aluminum, laser cut for accuracy and fit with all other structural components CNC milled aluminum rather than molded or printed plastic like many 3D Printers further defines the stability and strength of the machine, George Adams, said.??What makes Rapide 3D stand out in the crowd is we have built our own end to end factory in Shenzhen, China which will allow us to control the quality and cost of production. This significantly improves the production time and eliviates the issues that many producers of 3D Printers face when relying on external suppliers for production.
Rapide Lite will come in 3 sizes, 200, 350 and 500mm3 with prices starting as low as $499 for our Indiegogo contributors.
Rapide Lite 200 will print layers as thin as 50 microns (0.002 inches) with features as small as 100 microns (0.004 inches) in a build volume of 200 x 200 x 200mm.
Rapide Lite 350 will print layers as thin as 50 microns (0.002 inches) with features as small as 100 microns (0.004 inches) in a build volume of 350 x 350 x 350mm.
Rapide Lite 500 will print layers as thin as 50 microns (0.002 inches) with features as small as 100 microns (0.004 inches) in a build volume of 500 x 500 x 500mm.?
The retail price of Rapide Lite 200 with a single extruder will be US$999. However, early supporters who register prior to the launch of our Indiegogo campaign will have the opportunity to receive significant discounts with the first 50 available for $399. The introduction of Rapide Lite will move the bench mark for affordable quality 3D Printers that are able to do more than just make lego blocks and cookie cutters, Hunt, said
The first full-production shipment is set to release in November 2014 to early contributors making Rapide Lite a must have on this years Christmas wish list. To register for updates on Rapide Lite’s launch go to www.rapide-3d.com .