Last time we heard from Stefan Reichert, he'd just completed a year at the University of Cincinnati's DAAP, where he worked on the "E-Motion" electric-assist bicycle. Ever ahead of the curve, he's pleased to present his thesis project for his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design at the University of Wuppertal, "the first desktop 3D-printer that actually fits on your desk and in your office." The XEOS 3D is a fitting Flotspotting feature to end this week of 3D printer news (besides the printers themselves, let's not forget the two vastly different yet equally brilliant 3D printed objects we've seen this week: Teague Labs' 13:30 headphones and Ben Chapman's knife sharpener).Desktop 3D printing is becoming more and more important. With a breakthrough new printing arm XEOS 3D changes the design and size of a desktop 3D printer radically and creates an new archetype. The clean interior and transparent two window design, a 66% smaller enclosure volume compared to the smallest professional FDM 3D printer available and the thoroughgoing easy and intuitive controls—in its software and at the device—elevate XEOS 3D to a whole new category of 3D printers.
Unlike the vast majority of desktop 3D printers currently on the market, the print arm of the XEOS 3D has a single point of attachment, along the (correct me if I'm mistaken) x- and z-axes. The hinge allows for movement along the x/y axis.
Additional features, verbatim from this slide:
- The uplifting door gives easy access to the printed parts and the cartridge bays
- The integrated fisheye camera helps to control the printing process from everywhere
- Over 80% of design firm print jobs fit into the 5”times;5”×5” build envelope
- Two material cartridge bays hold the ABS filament and water-resolvable support
- The LED status bar displays the printjob progress and is easy to see even across the room
- At 19” wide, 17.5” high and 11” deep, its volume is 66% (100 L / 26.5 gal) smaller than the smallest FDM 3D printer with the same build envelope (Stratsys Mojo)
- The Stop/Open button is the only hardware button on the outside to stop and open the door
Hit the jump to see it in action:
It seems that Reichert fully intends to bring the XEOS 3D to market, as he has built both a prototype and a website with further details.
Naturally, we expect a bit of feedback regarding Reichert's design. Any of you digital fabricators notice any obvious or less obvious issues with the 3D printer concept?