3D printers are beginning to surface and over the past several months numerous companies have showcased their own varied 3D printers. Kickstarter and other crowdfunded websites have served as the perfect catalyst for these companies to join in the printer rat race. The majority of these haven’t been making any significant improvements over the printers that are already on the market. However, one company, named Acadian Robotics, hopes to change this with their new Copperhead 3D printer.
The Copperhead 3D Printer will include several features that the company hopes to improve upon existing hardware that is already available. This printer, which will print in either ABS or PLA plastic, will feature a print bed size of 9X9X10 inches.
The actual body of the printer is made with a black carbon fiber composite that has a glossy finish.
“Pound for pound, carbon fiber is stronger than steel,” Acadian Robotics COO, Craig Billings informed 3DPrint.com. “As a civil/structural designer, my partner, Robb [Perkins, CEO] and I know how to design and engineer rigid structures.”
While the strong structure of the printer will make it quite heavy; about 60 pounds, Billings informed us that the mass actually helps with vibration and noise.
“Many 3D printing companies have been going for cheaper costs,” explained Billings. “Most of the time they disregard the fact that a 3D printer has an accuracy to thousandths of an inch. You lose that accuracy when you compromise with a cheap structure.”
On top of making the structure of the Copperhead extremely strong, the company also made several other additions that most 3D printers out there today do not include.
The Copperhead features a stationary extruder and feeder system. This is to eliminate misfeed and those annoying ‘bird nests’ that form on the filament roll. If you have a 3D printer, you probably have had quite a lot of experience with what the industry refers to as ‘bird nests’.
Another feature included in the Copperhead printer is the vacuum & ventilation system. It is designed to help vent ABS fumes and create a negative pressure system that cools PLA.
Besides giving the printer improved accuracy and reduced vibration, the carbon fiber composite that the structure is constructed with also gives it a sleek look, “like snake skin, hence the name THE COPPERHEAD,” explained Billings.
The Kickstarter projects was scheduled to go live on February 28 or March 1. It will be priced at $999 on Kickstarter for the first 20 machines sold, and then climb in increments of $25 per additional 20 machines sold, until the final post Kickstarter retail price of $1,250 is reached.