We wrote about the company earlier this year, but what is making them innovators compared to the competition in the 3D printer market, is their new extruder design. This extruder is an all metal design, which is not all that exciting. We of course have other metal designs on the market. It could also be argued that the design looks cool and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. But that’s not the reason either.
Water cooled design
Now why would you want a water cooled product like this you might ask? The design allows for many hours of clog-free printing; a problem that often occurs as the printing hours accumulate.
The longer you print the higher the chance for the extruder to clog up. It’s by no means a joyous moment when you discover that a print that was estimated to take 60 or 70 hours failed in mid print and all because the extruder failed, not to mention the pain of unblocking the nozzle of plastic, further delaying the print. One of the nice things about this design is that you should be able to use it with a lot of different printers currently on the market. For example the popular Solidoodle printer or the coreXY 3d printers are compatible with the extruder.
Other FFF printers should also be compatible with the extruder. In the production models Autox3D uses standard machine shop tools, such as lathes and CAD, making it neither an ad-hoc nor an on-the-fly-design. The extruder meets the tightest tolerances thus making the design very stable.
The cheaper costs of manufacturing in the Philippines mean that they can offer a high quality printer part for a decent price. A price that won’t break the bank allows them to compete with the bigger boys on the market, like Makerbot among many others we see popping up in the last couple of years.
Autox3d has already started to deliver a printer that is 12x12x12 inches and uses this new water cooled extruder. To further their footprint they have enlisted the help of an industrial automation company to bring a grand format 3D printer to the market that uses pellet feed system. Autox3d plans on raising funds on Indiegogo early this year to help with further production of these 3D printers and printer parts.
This extruder costs $45.00 with free international shipping on their website and uses the following materials: PLA, ABS, Nylon, Polystyrene, Polycarbonate, PET and as new thermal plastics developed for FFF printer market.