Now that qualified customers have been able to place orders for the Autodesk Ember 3D printer, through the Ember™ Explorer Program, the DLP 3D printer is officially going to be made available to the rest of us. Regardless of your technical skill or affiliation with a design or engineering firm, starting tomorrow you will be able to buy the Autodesk Ember for $5995.
Tomorrow, Autodesk will be removing the access pass requirement to purchase the Ember printer, put in place for a small group of early explorers. This means that anyone will be able to buy the printer and receive it, most likely, this quarter, as the printer is already shipping in the US and Canada and will begin shipping to Europe in April. No word yet on the rest of the planet. Those that applied to be a part of the Explorer Program at the end of last year can add the Ember to their shopping cart, but will not be able to actually fork over their dough until tomorrow.
The DLP printer from Autodesk, a surprise entry into the market, has a petite build volume of 64 mm x 40 mm x 134 mm in order to 3D print petite objects at layer thicknesses of 10 microns. Printing at 25 micron layer thicknesses, the machine can produce objects at 15 mm/hour. These objects can then be cast in metal for jewelry, research components, electronics, and more. To get your hands on one, visit the Ember page tomorrow.