Polish 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax has announced the launch of the M300 Dual an FDM 3D printer based on the company’s proprietary Layer Plastic Deposition Plus (LPD Plus) technology. Using a dual-extrusion system, the LPD Plus technology in the new system allows users to 3D print models with water-soluble support structures as well. Zortrax has also focused on introducing various other features to the device targeting specialists seeking a professional but user-friendly 3D printer.
Rafał Tomasiak, CEO of Zortrax, explains “The dual-extrusion system and large workspace allow industrial-standard detailed and complicated printing, while maintaining the characteristics of a desktop printer.”
“Our goal is to transfer the possibilities offered by an industrial printing to smaller, more user-friendly devices. The new M300 Dual is another step in this direction.”
Simultaneous printing for water-soluble supports
The LPD Plus system in the M300 Dual uses a built-in extruder with a double hot-end and two seperate nozzles, allowing users to work with two different materials, including a range of third-party filaments.
The benefits of the water-soluble support system allows for easily-removed support structures, and means that the M300 Dual can 3D print intricate internal geometries that cannot be done on single-material machines. Soluble supports also enable parts to be stacked upon one another, allowing the entire build volume of the 3D printer, measuring 265 x 265 x 300 mm, to be used in a single print cycle.
Other key features of the system include a blackout response system, for continuing printing in the event of power outage, and something the company calls “advanced filament control”, which aims to reduce print losses. With advanced filament control notifications are sent to the user in the event of an error, like the filament depleting, or the nozzle becoming clogged, after which the system will then automatically pause the progress of its 3D print, so that the fault can be rectified.
Building upon previous success
The M300 Dual 3D printer from Zortrax expands upon its M300 range, most notably upgrading it with the dual-extrusion LDP Plus system. Zortrax’s M300 3D printer was initially launched as a larger counterpart to its M200 offering, which has been established as a firm favourite of the maker community over the years. In a similar fashion to the upgraded M300 Dual, Zortrax decided to upgrade the M200 with the M200 Plus last year in 2018.
Zortrax’s M200 system has been nominated for the Desktop FFF 3D printer of the year category in the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards, having won the category in previous years as well. The Zortrax Inkspire 3D printer, which uses vat polymerization technology, has also been nominated as a Wildcard entry for the Desktop Non-FFF 3D Printer of the Year in our annual awards show.
Technical Specifications and Pricing
The Zortrax M300 Dual will be released sometime around the halfway mark of 2019, with an expected retail price of €3,990 ($4,466.61).
Full technical specifications for the system can be found in the table below.
|Technology||FDM – LPD Plus|
|Build Volume||265 x 265 x 300 mm|
|Extruder||Dual material extruder with material jam detection|
|Nozzle diameter||0.4 mm|
|Hotend||Dual material hotend|
|Platform||1 x Perforated and 1 x Glass, heated|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB|
|Touchscreen||4″ IPS 800×480|
|Supported file types||.stl, .obj, .dxf, .3mf|
|Layer resolution||100 – 300 microns (for 0.4 mm 0.016 in nozzle)|
|Minimal wall thickness||400 microns (for 0.4 mm 0.016 in nozzle)|
|Maximum printing temperature (extruder)||310° C (590° F)|
|Dedicated filaments||Z-NYLON, Z-ABS, Z-ULTRAT, Z-PETG, Z-GLASS, Z-PLA, Z-ULTRAT PLUS, Z-SUPPORT PREMIUM|
|Filament diameter||1.75 mm (0.069 in)|
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Featured image shows M300 Dual with a model inside with lighting on. Image via Zortrax.