A Mexican design team has unveiled their plans to release the MakerMex, a 3D printer capable of printing various materials using exchangeable extruders.
The MakerMex team states that this new printer has an unprecedented range of possible printable materials and believes it will usher in a new era for 3D printing. From ceramic, to plastics, to rubber, to even chocolate or batter, this device will change the way we think about 3D-printed projects.
“We’re modeling this printer after the Automotive Industry, or even like IKEA, in the sense that we’re providing a unique, customizable experience for those interested in 3D printing,” explains Sam Weatherly, MakerMex Owner. “Because it prints with multiple extrusion options in many different materials, the MM1 really is the perfect printer for just about anyone. You can print with chocolate one minute and PLA plastic the next – the possibilities are inspiring.”
MakerMex’s initial design, the MM1, will come with a standard set of printing extruders, but specialized add-ons — such as Wi-Fi, auto-leveling and heated beds, acrylic enclosed walls, additional extruders and more — will be available for purchase and installation. The modular nature of this printer makes it a must-have tool for any Maker looking to incorporate multiple materials into their innovations.
The basic specifications for the MM1 include:
- Print Envelope: 20 x 20 x 20 cm
- Printer Size: 49 x 37.5 x 49 cm
- Print Materials: clay, PLA/ABS, chocolate and more
- Print Speed: 300 mm/s
- Printer Resolution: .03 mm layer height
The MakerMex will launch a campaign on Kickstarter beginning on October 2nd. And while we look forward to seeing how the MakerMex stacks up agains other Atmel powered printers already on the market, it’s exciting to see a new wave of devices emerge. Indeed, the meteoric rise of 3D printing will continue to pave the way for a new generation of entrepreneurs, Makers and DIY manufacturers. So it comes as little surprise that the lucrative 3D printing industry is on track to be worth a staggering $8.4 billion by 2020.
With 3D printing becoming a common manufacturing practice will the exchangeability of the MakerMex drive the expanding market in a new direction? Only time will tell! You can more about the MakerMex team and how to possibly win your own MM1 here.