What is the Snapmaker 3D printer? Review the facts on this workshop productivity wunderkind that's a 3-in-1 3D printer, laser-engraver and CNC carver in a super-compact all-metal design.
There was a great deal of excitement around the Snapmaker 3D Printer when it launched on Kickstarter in March 2017. And that excitement translated into big numbers. Very big numbers indeed.
How big? Well, let’s put it this way. In the spectrum of crowdfunding success stories, the Snapmaker 3D Printer occupies a unique position. After raising $2,277,182 from 5,050 backers, Snapmaker is currently the third most funded 3D printing project on Kickstarter.
The units are only just now being shipped to backers, so it’s too early to provide a comprehensive Snapmaker 3D printer review. But in the interim, here’s a rundown of the promised features and technical specs of a product that’s captured the imaginations of so many makers.
The concept of the Snapmaker 3D printer is a modular machine with three distinct functions. The intended audience is the workshopper pushed for space.
First and foremost, the Snapmaker is an all-metal 3D printer. The aluminum frame encases all wiring, with the exception of a few tidy ribbon cables.
But the killer feature is that three interchangeable modules can be swapped onto the Snapmaker’s X-axis rail. In addition to 3D printing, it’s also capable of laser engraving and CNC milling.
The fused deposition modelling (FDM) 3D printing module accepts a standard 1.75mm filament spool. The bed can be heated up to 80 degrees Celsius. But with a build volume of only 125mm square, prints are going to be strictly limited in size.
Ease of use is another core proposition with the Snapmaker 3D printer. It has an LCD touchscreen for operation, is simple to assemble, and comes bundled with the proprietary Snap3D software.
The laser engraving module has a class 200 mW laser. This is capable of burning designs into wood, leather and similar materials. In addition, the CNC milling module has an adjustable spindle speed between 2,000 and 7,000 rpm.
*Users can work with these supported files with the help of third party software such as Autodesk Fusion 360.
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