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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.

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 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 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.

Prusa 3D: Printing with Prusament Resin Flex80

Flexible resins are a group of materials with low shore hardness and various uses. However, they can be challenging to print, often made from dangerous chemicals, and require washing in toxic solvents. To address these issues, Prusa3D has developed their own flexible resin called Flex80. This resin is odorless, non-toxic, and suitable for hobby and professional use. It offers fast print speed, great detail, the ability to print large objects, and easy washing with IPA.

When compared to flexible filaments, flexible resins have different properties. They can have lower shore hardness, allowing for softer and smoother models. However, flexible resins may take longer to return to their original shape compared to filaments. They are also less resilient and may crack if bent too much.

Flex80 resin is a versatile material that is easy to print and offers high performance at a low price. It has flexible and energy-damping properties, low viscosity, and is washable in IPA. The resin is virtually odorless and has high safety standards for skin irritation. It has high resolution for printing fine structures and is reliable for printing larger objects with support. The resin is easy to post-process with the Original Prusa CW1S and offers overall high performance.

After 60 minutes of curing, Flex80 resin has a tensile modulus of 17 MPa, tensile strength of 9 MPa, tensile elongation of 60%, and shore hardness of 70-80A. It can be processed by all types of SLA 3D printers but is specifically developed for printers using the 405 nm wavelength.

Flex80 resin has low toxicity and is suitable for various applications. It can be used to print models and figures with high detail and durability. The resin is also great for printing clear translucent models with minimal discoloration. It can be used in the field of microfluidics, for prototyping tires, medical models, grips, watertight seals, and rugged housing for electronic devices.

Source: Prusa3D.

Winners of the Prusa Enclosure Modifications Contest Announced

The winners of the Prusa Enclosure Modifications contest have been announced, showcasing the innovative and creative ideas of the community. The first-place winner is Lars, who designed an automated heating and ventilation system for the enclosure. This system allows for quick temperature adjustments, especially during colder months. The second-place winner, Kevin Barker, created an interior storage shelf that maximizes space and features a unique hexagon design. In third place is MW, who designed a hinged lid with a gas spring for easy access to the enclosure. Bram Elema received an honorable mention for their well-crafted and functional (Un)original Prusa Drybox. The community’s top picks include multicolor mesh side boxes, an original Prusa spool holder, xRivets for the enclosure, Prusa enclosure covers, and an original Prusa enclosure slider lock latch. Congratulations to all the winners and participants of the contest!

Source: Prusa3D.