Dimension gets personal with desktop 3D printer below US$15K
By Design Engineering staffGeneral Hardware prototyping rapid manufacturing
As its first foray into desktop prototyping, Dimension (a business unit of Stratasys Inc.) has launched its uPrint Personal 3D Printer (priced at US$14,900), which requires only a 25-by-26-in. footprint and features an 8-by-6-by-6-in. build envelope.
Using Dimension’s proven FDM technology, the desktop-optimized uPrint builds models with Stratasys ABSplus—a material the company says is, on average, 40 percent stronger than the company’s standard ABS material, making it ideally suited for testing the form, fit and function of models and prototypes. The printer also features a soluble support removal system, allowing for hands-free removal of the model support material.
As a personal 3D printer, the company says uPrint makes 3D printing immediate and convenient, and there’s no waiting in queue for a shared printer and no waiting for models to arrive from an outside service.
“uPrint is an important advance for Dimension’s product line, providing users a networked, desktop-sized 3D printer capable of building durable, accurate models ready for testing,” said Jon Cobb, vice president and general manager of 3D printing for Stratasys. “uPrint will appeal to designers, engineers, architects, artists, teachers and others working in CAD.”