Super Size Me

New Zortrax M300 is BIG (Like, REALLY BIG)

Zortrax M300

The Zortrax M300 has a big debut at the Additive Manufacturing Show in Amsterdam; can this supersized 3D printer tower over the competition?

Greetings from Amsterdam, where ALL3DP is reporting on the Additive Manufacturing Show 2016. Walk through the entrance and the first thing you’ll see are groups of tall, curvaceous ladies prowling the trade show floor, clad head to toe in skintight black leather.

The employment of “booth babes” is an outdated relic from the dinosaur era, but Zortrax is using them to promote their new Zortrax M300 3D printer that’s launching today. You see, the new machine is a massive, big, huuuuuuuge 3D printer. It looks like an M200 fed on an exclusive diet of steroids, protein, and egg whites.

And according to the promo video released to coincide with the launch, it’s big enough to fabricate a full-size motorbike helmet worn by one of the aforementioned ladies in black leather. What a stroke of marketing genius, don’t you think?

Zortrax M300 is Bigger by Design

Okay, okay, enough of us carping on about the booth babes. It’s a crummy trade show practice that objectifies women, but let’s move on to the actual technical specs of the Zortrax M300.

The key takeaway is that the M300 is based on the proven and award-winning design of the company’s M200, but offers users a much larger build volume and prototyping capabilities. With a whopping 300 x 300 x 300 mm space, that’s where the marketing angle about the motorcycle helmet comes in. According to Rafał Tomasiak, founder and CEO of Zortrax:

“The Zortrax M300 is our direct response to the needs of our customers. They’ve often indicated the need for a device that is as accurate and reliable as our previous M200 3D printer, but which would allow them to create larger, professional prototypes as a whole – without the necessity of splitting up a project into a series of smaller components.”

Other improvements include new 3D printing material spools that are 2kg heavy, complete with usage indicators to show how much material has been used, so that it’s easier to plan each subsequent print and project.

The M300 also comes bundled with side covers (which were only an optional extra on the M200). These help maintain a constant temperature within the build space, which can help prevent any model deformations from sudden changes in ambient heat.

So, that’s the Zortrax M300. What do you think? Would you benefit greatly from the increased capacity? Or do you need a booth babe to really convince you of its merits?

Zortrax M300