3D Printers

Sharebot Takes Their FDM to the Professional Level with Sharebot Q

As a variety of 3D printing processes are being continuously reinvented and expanded upon for both consumer and industrial uses, one company from Nibionno, Italy, has been hitting their stride in the prosumer market. From the Sharebot Andromeda, their professional-grade SLA printer, to the Sharebot 42, their Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-inspired FFF 3D printer, Sharebot has refused to settle down into one type of printer or market. Now, they have expanded upon their FFF 3D printing process with the professional-grade Sharebot Q, a larger-format extrusion printer engineered with an A3 build size to produce big prototypes.

Building off of the recently released Sharebot 42, the Q includes a lot of the same features with the smaller iteration, including auto-calibration, double USB and other hardware and software features. The Sharebot Q also includes a magnetic heated plate, taking away their previously used glass plate bed, which will help with easier support removal and improve the user-experience of the 3D printer in general. According to Sharebot, this is their first printer with a structure partially made with aluminum, and also comes equipped with a case to help arrange the user’s filaments. Speaking of materials, the professional-grade 3D printer is compatible with almost all materials, including thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which is a unique hybrid material made-up of hard plastic and soft silicone.

The Sharebot Q is also compatible with 2Kg spools of filament as well, truly giving the user free reign over what they want to print and what material they want to print with. The printing process involves a double dragging system equipped with two engines, one on the extruder and another close to the spool. This upgraded engine system allows for a more high quality and precise print, which, according to Sharebot, satisfies the requirements for professional-grade prototyping. This high quality and precise print capability seems to stem from their Core XY technique, which keeps these two engines stationary during the printing process. The Sharebot Q doesn’t only offer users Internet capabilities, but also allows them to use any Internet-enabled device to control the print queues, pausing, and interruption monitoring.

Aesthetically, the Sharebot Q almost resembles two compacted consumer 3D printers stacked upon one another, which isn’t a knock on the design at all. The Sharebot Q also comes equipped with an LED touchscreen UI, webcam compatibility, and also offers users freedom to adjust most print and material settings as well. Sharebot has yet to announce a price for the Sharebot Q as of yet, so if you or your business is interested in this professional-grade and Italian-made 3D printer, stay tuned!