The trick to creating a commercially successful 3D printer is to eliminate any restrictions regarding the size of the 3D printed objects. Gaia Multitool does away with such limitations.
Gaia Multitool is actually a range of three differently sized 3D printers that accommodate different needs and purposes. The diversification is not only generated by the size of the devices, but also by the materials they can work with.
Here is how Tytan 3D, the manufacturer of the Gaia Multitool, described their product:
“GAIA Multitool gives you complete freedom to create items using almost every possible manufacturing technique. It uses 10 interchangeable toolheads, which turn the machine into several different devices. GAIA Multitool uses delta kinematics and is made from high quality components used in professional industrial machines. It also uses 32-bit electronics based on Smoothieware as well as drivers dedicated for CNC milling machines.
GAIA Multitool is a one of a kind multifunctional device that combines the capabilities of a 3D printer, CNC router, laser engraver, and a number of other tools, giving the user complete freedom to create exciting projects. But what makes GAIA Multitool truly special is its ability to 3D print models from clay, porcelain and many other 100% natural materials that users can prepare themselves!
Each version is ideal for a different type of user depending on their needs and expectations. The Standard version is capable of utilizing all 10 of the various toolheads and has a large enough working area to satisfy the requirements of most typical projects. For larger projects, there is a larger version of the machine – MAXX is one of the biggest 3D printers on the market, with a maximum printing height of 175 cm. And yes, that means you’ll be able to 3D print objects 1 meter high out of ceramics!”
Gaia Multitool is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. To make the jump from a concept to a marketable product, Tytan 3D needs to raise $50,000, which sounds like a very small sum for such an impressive and complex product. The smallest of the printers can be secured by early birds for $1,500, and assuming that the project is successful, the products will be shipped in June or September 2016, depending on the status of the backers.
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