Since the release of their first printer, the Craftbot, in 2014, Budapest-based 3D printer manufacturer CraftUnique have not stood still. Their CraftBot 2 was just been named 3DHubs’ Best of Budget Printers 2016, and the company are following this up with the 2’s bigger brother the CraftBot XL.

The CraftBox XL (right) next to it's little brother, the CraftBot 2. Photo via: CraftUnique

The CraftBox XL (right) next to it’s little brother, the CraftBot 2. Photo via: CraftUnique

The specifics

At under $2,000 ($1899 ex. VAT) the CraftBot XL offers a bigger build volume for a budget at 300 x 200 x 440 mm. It’s not all about size though. The expansion also comes with a nozzle kit, and can print at 0.25mm, 0.4mm, 0.6mm and 0.8, to enhance the speed (up to 200mm per second) or accuracy (up to 50 microns per layer) as required.

Custom your print with interchangeable nozzle heads. Photo via: CraftUnique

Custom your print with interchangeable nozzle heads. Photo via: CraftUnique

Fans

Some well-known fans of the CraftBot printers in the 3D printing community are 3D designer Daniel ‘lilykill’ Lilygreen, and blogger Ellen B ‘Feugomania’ who printed an Eiffel Tower the size of her torso of the CraftBot XL.

A build of the Eiffel Tower by Ellen B on a CraftBot XL. Photos via: CraftUnique

A build of the Eiffel Tower by Ellen B on a CraftBot XL. Photos via: CraftUnique

Simple and effective

It’s the perfect solution for both 3D printing novices and professionals, CraftUnique even started supplying the smaller CraftBot 2, to Hungarian schools earlier this year, and the company were an equally welcome addition to the UK’s Digical trade show which was held in London at the end of September. The CraftBox XL works with a variety of different materials, include CraftUnique’s specially made ABS, and a pink PLA filament well suited for Twitter’s #3Dpinkmafia.

Print it pink! Or any other color for that matter. Photo of CraftUnique's PLA Pink. Photo via: CraftUnique online store

Print it pink! Or any other color for that matter. Photo of CraftUnique’s PLA Pink. Photo via: CraftUnique online store

The CraftBot XL makes a lot of the basic stuff, such as Wifi connectivity, as simple as it should be, and supports mobile apps on iOS and Android so you can keep an eye on prints when out and about, or from your sofa! Also worth noting are the improved bearings that keep the printer ticking away quietly in the background.

The CraftBox XL in anthracite grey. Photo via: CraftUnique

The CraftBox XL in anthracite grey. Photo via: CraftUnique

The XL model is available to buy directly from CraftUnique’s website here. If this has piqued your interest, CraftUnique3D are also doing a fun giveaway of their CraftBot 2 on Facebook where participants can answer questions on the daily to put their names into a festive draw.

Featured image shows a look inside the CarftBot XL 3D FFF printer. Photo via: CraftUnique

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