You know how it feels when you really love a certain place and as family and friends come to visit, you become an overly excited cheerleader/tour guide for the area? Sometimes I feel like that in the realm of 3D printing. While in visiting a destination the question is ‘what’s there to do?’ — for 3D printing the continual question from those just learning is ‘what’s there to make?’ With that question you can just wind me up and listen to me go, as it’s so much fun blowing minds with examples such as 3D printed blood vessels spun on cotton candy machines, the role of 3D printing for the next mission to Mars—and then of course, the wrench-your-heart-out-with-cuteness stuff like wheelchairs for kitties and goats.
What really interests people though? I’ve discovered what gets a bit reaction from even the most mildly technologically interested people is the idea that you can actually 3D print your own 3D printer à la RepRap, or purchase one that’s made from completely 3D printed parts. That idea gives pause because it offers an instant glimpse into the level of affordability and self-sustainability that can be attained by ambitious makers. And although it’s not a new concept, we don’t see the advertising of 3D printed parts in new brands all that often–and that’s why the recent announcement from 3DPrint.co.uk really caught my attention.
Just launched by 3DPrint.co.uk, the Blitz 3D brand is unveiling their latest creation, with the BlitzBot 2.0, unique in that indeed it is a 3D print in itself. Blitz 3D is used to being unique though—and that’s a great selling point in the 3D printing industry where pioneering and innovation are held in the highest regard.
Although the West Midlands is quite an urban area within the UK, 3Dprint.co.uk is actually the only tech company there able to boast designing, manufacturing, and marketing for their own 3D printer. Not only that, but reaping the rewards of research and development over the past year, the company is already seeing a positive return on the BlitzBot 2.0.
“Continuous development in technology is a key focus at 3DPrint.co.uk, and in our Blitz 3D brand. That principle has allowed us to create the BlitzBot 2.0, as well as to have new R&D developments starting in the Autumn, such as our patent pending print head. It is the most exciting industry around, and we are passionate to be a leader in our region in 3D printing,” Billy Harding, Business Development Manager for 3Dprint.co.uk, told 3DPrint.com.
The BlitzBot is a good-looking, streamlined machine with an open frame that you should be happy to put on the desktop. Upon actually using it, 3DPrint.co.uk promises you will discover the ability to make ‘intricate detailed 3D masterpieces.’ Boasting a compact, lightweight design, the team has increased this model’s build volume by 31% in comparison to the BlitzBot 1.0, in an effort to allow their users to explore and innovate further with larger models. It retails at £1,199 (around $1725 USD).
“It’s such an exciting time for us as a technology company, and the staff too, who have put a lot of effort into producing our brand of printer. The BlitzBot 2.0 is a terrific product and has a fairly unique selling point; it’s a 3D printer, printed by 3D printers,” said Harding. “A lot of the mechanical and working parts are produced in our factory by our own printers, which is testament to how brilliant the technology of additive manufacturing is.”
3DPrint.co.uk has worked to be even more adaptable in an industry developing at an accelerated rate. According to 3DPrint.co.uk, the Blitz 3D range has a larger build volume compared to other desktop printers as well, and thanks to the tutelage of Mark Thistleton (Head of R&D), the BlitzBot 2.0 produces finished products to extremely high levels of detail.
- Print Method: FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling)
- Extruder: Single
- Build Platform: Auto-Levelling Borosilicate Glass Heat Bed
- Build Volume: 210 x 210 x 260 mm
- Layer Resolution: 100 Microns
- Nozzle Diameter: 4mm
- Filament Diameter: 3mm recommended (1.75mm optional)
- Recommended Print Materials: ABS, PLA, HIPS
- Ambient Operating Temperature: 15-32°C
- Storage Temperature: 0-38°C
- Power Input: 110-220v 360w
- Print File Type: .stl recommended
- Connectivity: USB, Wifi (with touch screen upgrade)
- Software: Blitz 3D Software, also compatible with CURA
- Product Weight: 9.98kg
- Shipping Weight: 12.7kg
- Dimensions: Width 54.6cm, Height 49.6cm, Depth 32.8cm
- Frame: High quality aluminum frame
Warranty and Support:
- One year warranty
- One year customer support
- 21 Day delivery
3DPrint.co.uk is a technology company specializing in ‘all things 3D.’ They are based in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, and are fully recognized by The Made in Britain Campaign. They also offer an education program (Educate in 3D), and a Rapid Prototyping Service for all customers.