Bigger, faster, stronger. The Morpheus 3D printer launches on Kickstarter, and then smashes their $75,000 goal in less than 24 hours.
Korea-based OWL Works just launched a massive new 3D printer on Kickstarter, capable of optimizing the build platform space and build up 30 5′ tall Eiffel Towers in a single print job. And it hit its $75,000 funding goal within a matter of hours. (via Kickstarter).
The company behind the new 3D printer is a professional 3D printing service in Seoul and developed this evolution of their project, named Morpheus Mark 4, to answer the growing requests for larger and faster 3D prints.
Like its predecessor, the Morpheus Mark 4 3D printer is based on a variant of DLP technology dubbed LIPS (Light Induced Planar Solidification) which is both faster and capable of working on larger volumes than traditional resin based technologies such as DLP and SLA.
This means that it can work on a huge 300 x 180 x 300 mm build volume, which it can exploit fully. Furthermore it creators promise it is also very fast: it takes 10~30 seconds (depending on the materials) for the Morpheus to solidify a 100 micron-thick-layer of resin material, which means that the printing speed of the Morpheus can be calculate to be between 0.4~1.4 inch/hour.
The Morpheus 3D printer is also incredibly affordable compared to any other similar size and resolution 3D printer. The “Super Early Owl” on KS ran for $3,799, going up to $4,199 for the “Last Minute Owl”. Mass manufactured units will be priced below $5,000. And since they hit their goal and already have a working product, they will very likely make it to the market.
The impact on the wider 3D printing industry will be interesting to see. If the Morpheus LIPS 3D printer really does deliver on bigger build volumes and higher accuracy than conventional SLA or FDM printers, then it’s throwing down the gauntlet to see if the established players can innovate further. Developing…
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