After launching their project on September 10th, 2014, Global Trend Technology Co., Ltd launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for their 3D Pandora 1.0, a full colour 3D printer which relies on powder technology. This project was a great success, raising $156,885 from 65 backers, and the printers started shipping in March 2016.
Stereolithography is known to be one of the more expensive processes of 3D printing, especially when the printer has the ability to print in full colour. This form of 3D printing usually relies on a laser or UV light which melts a layer of powdered print medium or cures it before another layer powder is added and melted on top.
Instead of a laser or UV light, the 3D Pandora 1.0 uses a binding agent between the layers of plastic, reminiscent of the D-shape method. The printer also has 4608 jets with provide both Basic K and Full CMY for coloring models after they are printed. After the models are colored, the models need to be dipped into a curing agent which can be purchased along with all other required materials.
This printer has a variety of applications too, including:
- Creative – for fun leisure products or artistic pieces
- Industry – different types of powder can be used, such as metal based ones
- Medicine – there is a possibility of using print mediums such as bone powders and biomaterial
- Food – using edible print mediums
- Technology – print parts for electronics projects
- Building – print scaled models
The team behind the 3D Pandora 1.0 had the intention of creating a printer which cuts the cost of printing high detail, full color models. Stereolithographic printers usually have a very high set up cost, and the print cost of models is also very high. However, Global Trend Technology Co., Ltd has managed to cut these costs down to a fraction of what they were.
The specification includes:
Build Volume Size: 300 * 292 * 140mm3 ( or 11.8” * 11.5” * 5.5”)
Resolution: 9600 * 2400 dpi
Prototyping: 5-10 mm / hr ( or 0.2-0.4 inch / hr)
Machine Size: 100 * 80 * 170 cm3 ( or 39.4” * 31.5″ * 66.9”)
Weight: 250 kg ( or 551 lbs)
Layer Thickness：0.08 – 0.2 mm (0.1 mm recommend)
Input Data File Format: STL, VRML, WRL (PLY, 3DS, OBJ can be translated)
Color： Basic K+Full CMY
Number of Jets：4608
Number of Printhead：1
Power Supply：90-10, 8A | 110-120, 6A | 200-240, 4A
Materials：Gypsum Powder, Clear Binder, Curing Agent, CMYK Ink
Made In Taiwan
Client OS : Win7 SP1 64bit Win8 64bit | RAM 8GB | CPU Intel quad-core | AMD Not Recommend
About Global Trend Technology Co., Ltd
Global Trend Technology Co., Ltd is a 3D printer company in CA.
They spare no efforts to research and develop our technologies for printers, and have announced their first full color 3D powder printer called 3DPandoras.
It has taken us six years to develop the 3D powder printer with the newest design and technology which is different from Fused Deposition Modeling. 3D powder printers can solve issues that Fused Deposition Modeling have, such as blocked extruders and lack of precision. They strongly believe that the whole world will enjoy their efforts to create their own technology and become more brilliant and intelligent in the near future.