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Prusa Releases MK3.5 Upgrade: Promises 2x Speed Boost for MK3S/+

Prusa Releases MK3.5 Upgrade: Promises 2x Speed Boost for MK3S/+

Prusa3D has announced the release of the Original Prusa MK3.5 upgrade kit, which is already shipping to customers. This major upgrade brings many useful features from the MK4 to the MK3S+, making it a cost-effective way to get the MK4’s features on your MK3S/+.

One of the biggest changes in the MK3.5 is the hardware-based support for Input Shaper and Pressure Advance, which promises a massive speed boost. Thanks to the 32-bit embedded xBuddy platform, the MK3.5 is claimed to be up to two times faster than the MK3S+.

The upgrade process should be straightforward and estimated to take around 2 hours to install. The MK3.5 also comes with a full-color LCD panel, allowing for print file preview, easier configuration and navigation. It also has built-in support for remote printer management via Prusa Connect. The MK3.5 can easily connect to an existing network via ethernet cable or Wi-Fi, allowing for remote printer management and the ability to send print files directly to the printer.

The Original Prusa MK3.5 upgrade kit is now available in the Prusa3D e-shop. It includes everything needed to give your MK3S+ a major refresh. Prusa3D also offers bigger upgrades, such as the MK3.9 Upgrade and a full MK3 to MK4 upgrade.

Lite3DP Gen 2: A Compact, Open-Source Resin 3D Printer

Lite3DP Gen 2: A Compact, Open-Source Resin 3D Printer

The Lite3DP Gen 2 3D Printer has recently been announced. With a host of new features and improvements, this open-source resin printer aims to provide an affordable and customizable option for enthusiasts and makers.

Key Features & Specifications

  • Electronics: All-in-one PCB with ESP32 microcontroller, high-res LCD, ultra-silent TMC2209 driver, and other components
  • Firmware: Arduino
  • Technology: MSLA, LCD-SLA
  • Resolution: XY: 0.115 mm; Z: 0.025, 0.05, and 0.1 mm
  • Build Volume: 36.7 x 48.8 x 80 mm
  • Tray Volume: 50 cm³ for liquid resin
  • Compatible Resins: All UV 405 nm resins (standard, industrial, flexible, castable, dental, etc)
  • Print Speed: Up to 40 mm/h
  • Data Input: Micro SD card for autonomous operation
  • Misc: Buttons, capacitive touch buttons, passive heat dissipation, touchscreen
  • Power Supply: 12 V, 5.5×2.1 mm, ≥1 A
  • Power Consumption: Less than 10 W
  • Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 167 mm
  • Weight: 470 grams

Improvements Over the Previous Model

The Lite3DP Gen 2 features several enhancements, including a redesigned body, the replacement of the Arduino Pro Mini with an ESP32 microcontroller, and backward compatibility with the Lite 3DP S1 model. Owners of existing Lite3DP printers can utilize a Gen 2 dev kit to upgrade their machines.

Complete Open-Source Solution

A standout feature of the Gen 2 3D Printer is its complete open-source nature. Both the firmware and hardware, along with the software, are open for modification. The GitHub repository hosts schematics, Gerber files, code, and other essential resources, allowing users to build their versions of an mSLA resin printer.

Affordable and Customizable

While the Lite3DP Gen 2 might not boast the most impressive specifications and feature list compared to commercial alternatives, its open-source architecture makes it easier to repair, maintain, and customize. Priced at $229 for the pre-assembled product and $115 for the dev kit (excluding shipping fees of $8 to the United States and $18 to the rest of the world), it offers a cost-effective solution for those looking to explore resin 3D printing.

Crowd Supply Launch

Lite3DP Gen 2 was launched on Crowd Supply last November, and the funding campaign is set to conclude on December 21.

Source: CNX Software – Embedded Systems News.

Bambu Lab Collaborates with E3D: Embracing the Aftermarket

Bambu Lab announces their first-ever collaboration project with E3D, a renowned supplier of hot ends for desktop FDM printers.

The result of this collaboration is a high-flow replacement hotend by E3D. This hotend offers a 60% increase in flow rate, making it highly efficient. It features E3D’s signature ObXidian™ hardened nozzle and is coated with E3DLC™ for exceptional durability. The development of this hotend was a joint effort between E3D and Bambu Lab, with both teams sharing their knowledge in hotends, printers, and thermal processes. The final product underwent thorough testing by both teams and will be seamlessly integrated into all of Bambu Lab’s software ecosystems.

In terms of licensing, Bambu Lab will charge a license fee for the hotend. However, they have committed to giving back to the community by allocating all the license income. Half of the license fee will be donated to the Sanjay Mortimer Foundation, as a token of respect for his contributions to the community and industry. The remaining half will be dedicated to a foundation that supports emerging 3D printing talents from developing countries, such as model designers and local small businesses.

For more information about the hotend and its specifications, please visit this product page.

Prusa3D Introduces Four New Recycled PLA Filaments with Biobased Pigments

Prusa3D, a leading 3D printing company, has recently launched four new recycled PLA filaments with biobased pigments. This launch comes after the success of their previous recycled filaments, which demonstrated a strong demand for environmentally-friendly 3D printing materials. The company is committed to sustainability and believes that using recycled materials is both beneficial and worthwhile.

The new Prusament rPLA Natural Pigments are unique in that they feature more pleasant and subtle colors, making them suitable for various home decor and similar purposes. The filaments are made using waste materials and organic pigments sourced from food and pharmaceutical industries. This eco-friendly approach to coloring is an excellent alternative to the traditional processes used in filament production.

The first batch of four colors includes:

  1. Prusament rPLA Algae Pigment: This brown filament is made from a byproduct of a Czech company that uses red algae in pharmaceutical production.
  2. Prusament rPLA Wine Pigment: This filament features a unique Bordeaux color derived from grapes. The pigment is obtained from a waste byproduct of the winemaking process.
  3. Prusament rPLA Corn Pigment: This beige/yellowish filament gets its color from processed corn. It is made from recycled corn material.
  4. Prusament rPLA Rissoto Pigment: This filament has a creamy white color and is made from various food leftovers. The material undergoes a complex process to ensure it is free from microorganisms.

Unlike previous recycled filaments, which utilized Prusament manufacturing waste, these new filaments are made purely from recycled materials. The company purchases PLA foil manufacturing waste from an external supplier to create the pellets for the filaments.

The Prusament rPLA Natural Pigments filaments have slightly different properties compared to regular PLA. They are slightly more brittle, making them more suitable for printing visual parts rather than functional ones. The colors may also slightly change over time and with different batches, resulting in unique shades. In terms of printability, these filaments are not particularly difficult to print but require some adjustments. It is recommended to lower the nozzle temperature to avoid stringing and oozing. Additionally, due to the use of organic pigments, a slightly more prominent scent may be noticed during printing, although it is non-toxic. The filament is compatible with popular 3D printers, including Prusa3D’s Original Prusa i3 MK3S+.

To prevent stringing, it is important to keep the filament dry, as the rPLA is more hygroscopic than regular PLA. Storing the filament in a dry box or drying it at 45 °C for 6 hours before printing can help mitigate this issue.

The new Prusament rPLA Natural Pigments filaments are available in 1 kg spools, with each spool costing $30.99 USD/34.99 EUR (including VAT). These filaments offer an eco-friendly and visually appealing option for 3D printing enthusiasts who are conscious of their environmental impact.

Prusa Pro: Industrial Innovation at Formnext 2023

Formnext 2023 is approaching, and Prusa3D is excited to showcase their industrial 3D printers under the Prusa Pro brand at the event. While Prusa Research remains committed to their current line of products, the expansion into industrial additive manufacturing makes sense for the company.

The Prusa Pro line of industrial machines incorporates the latest technologies developed by Prusa3D. These machines feature a range of advanced features, including a heated chamber, ultralight print heads made of duralumin, automated print collection, image recognition, high-pressure turbine cooling, 500 °C print heads, 48V motors, and automatic resin handling. These advancements in the Prusa Pro line have a positive influence on the technology used in their other products.

In turn, the Prusa Pro machines benefit from the feedback and expertise gained from the hundreds of thousands of Original Prusa printers in use worldwide. The Prusa Pro line aims to provide the same ease of use as their other printers, with features such as removable print sheets, automated calibrations, and fine-tuned profiles in PrusaSlicer. Additionally, the Prusa Pro line is compatible with third-party materials, ensuring no vendor lock-in.

The Prusa Pro product line operates as a separate, independent team within Prusa Research. The team has been in operation for over four years and includes specialists hired specifically for this branch of the company, as well as developers from the acquired companies FUTUR3D and TRILAB. The Prusa Pro team has its own manufacturing capacity, either in a separate building or even in another town, to ensure the continued production of the popular Original Prusa printers.

At Formnext 2023, Prusa3D will be showcasing three brand-new machines from the Prusa Pro line. The Prusa Pro HT90 is a large format, industrial delta kinematics 3D printer with an actively heated chamber capable of reaching up to 90 °C, closed-loop HEPA filtration, and a nozzle temperature of up to 500 °C. It is suitable for printing high-temp materials like PCCF or PA11CF and offers fast printing for materials like PLA, PETG, and ABS.

The Prusa Pro SLX is a concept for their future MSLA 3D printer. It features a 12K MONO LCD panel for ultra-fine printing, a vat tilting mechanism for fast layer transitions, and automated material handling. The Prusa Pro SLX has several features not currently available on other SLA printers on the market.

The Prusa Pro AFS, the latest iteration of their Automatic Farm System, will also be showcased at Formnext. The AFS includes an Intelligent Shelving System that moves print sheets to a modular shelving system after printing, ensuring efficient storage. It also features an optical monitoring system with image recognition for automatic print issue detection. The AFS is powered by Prusa Connect, their internally-made farm management system.

In addition to these machines, Prusa3D will also be displaying the Prusa Pro Medical One, their certified SLA printer for biocompatible resins, which is now integrated into Exocad, a leading CAD software for digital dentistry.

For those unable to attend Formnext, Prusa3D offers the option to schedule a call with their sales team to learn more about the Prusa Pro HT90, AFS, SLX, and other products. They have provided price quote forms for each machine on their website.

Formnext attendees can find Prusa3D’s booth in hall 12.1, booth G39. In addition to the new machines, visitors can also see the XL printer, including a prototype enclosure, the MK4, MINI+, and new recycled Prusament colors. And for those interested, there will be beer available at the booth.

Prusa Academy Launches MK4 Online Course

Prusa3D has recently released an online course for their popular 3D printer, the Original Prusa MK4. This course is aimed at 3D printing beginners who have chosen the MK4 as their first printer, as well as experienced users who want to refresh their knowledge.

The MK4 online course follows the same pattern as its older relatives, starting with unpacking the printer, running the setup wizard, and printing the first sample model. The course also explains the printer mechanics and provides information on connecting the printer to the internet via Prusa Connect. Additionally, the course covers the basic controls and menus of the PrusaSlicer app, introduces the Printables.com model database, and provides an overview of 3D modeling using Tinkercad and Fusion 360.

The course is presented in a unique hybrid text-based form, which combines the advantages of both text and video formats. The content is color-coded, split into small chunks, and includes plenty of pictures and short videos. Quizzes are also included to test the learner’s knowledge. Upon completion of the course, learners can generate and download a certificate.

The MK4 online course is available for free with the purchase of the assembled variant of the MK4 or for members of the Prusa Education program. Existing customers who have already bought the assembled MK4 will automatically receive the course. To access the course, users can log in to their Prusa Account and click on the “My Courses” option. For kit variant owners, the course can be purchased for a nominal price of $5 or with Prusameter bonus points.

In addition to the MK4 course, Prusa3D has also made major updates to their existing courses, bringing them up to date with the latest version of PrusaSlicer and Printables.com features. The courses are currently available in English, with translations expected to be completed by the end of October.

Prusa3D has also made improvements to their e-shop, allowing users to mix virtual and physical products in the same shopping cart. They have also added recommendations for minor products that can be purchased together with a printer. Furthermore, it will be possible to buy multiple copies of the same course at once, making the process more convenient.

In the future, Prusa3D plans to release a series of 3D print postprocessing courses and is considering a dedicated course for their Original Prusa XL printer.