RS stirs 3D printer market with launch of own-brand, budget-price model

March 04, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Presented as a professional-quality 3D printer for rapid prototyping at highly affordable price point, the RS IdeaWerk 3D printer costs €737 and targets wide range of users including electronics engineers, enthusiasts and students

Distributor RS Components (RS) says its first RS brand 3D printer offers professional-quality specifications and exceptional print output at a price of only €737/£599, making it approximately 30% cheaper than other 3D printers in its class.

The IdeaWerk employs FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) technology and offers high-level specifications including a build volume of 150 x 150 x 140 mm and a minimum layer thickness resolution of 0.18 mm. The single-head system accepts 1.75 mm-diameter PLA filament materials with many different colours, also available from RS.

Targeting a wide range of users including electronics and mechanical engineers involved in design, prototyping and research and development, as well as enthusiasts and those in education, the new RS IdeaWerk 3D printer augments the growing range of rapid-prototyping machines now available from RS. The portfolio includes other highly affordable 3D printers from 3D Systems, MakerBot, Ultimaker, BEEVERYCREATIVE and RepRapPro.

The use of environmentally friendly PLA material means no toxicity or chemical pollution or unpleasant smells, making it highly suitable for use in the home as well as in the industrial environment. In addition, the machine’s very low print noise makes it ideal for use in the office, home or classroom.

The unit is, adds RS, lightweight enough to be portable (7.5kg), and has dimensions of 211(L) x 403(W) x 298 mm(H). It can be used in either online or offline mode, i.e. with or without a PC with connectivity via SD Card or USB. The printer is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OSs including XP, Vista, 7 and 8/8.1, with no additional software or accessories necessary.

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