RAISE3D SETS THE BAR HIGH WITH THE N SERIES 3D PRINTERS AT MAKER FAIRE
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In just a few short years Maker Faire NY has transformed from a stepchild to Maker Faire San Francisco to flagship status, perhaps even becoming a larger festival than the original. And 3D printing played a large role in that transformation. Those first couple years saw an abundance of laser cut wood hobbyist machines, back when MakerBot was open source and the Cupcake was seen as a cutting-edge desktop machine. How times have changed. What was once a field dominated by domestic products now is seeing manufacturers from Italy, the Netherlands, China and other countries enter the market. And they are reinventing the game.
Raise3D, a Chinese manufacturer with offices in Shanghai and in Pasadena, California, showed off their latest printer line the N Series. Their N2 printer was on display and I have to say I was impressed. The N2 has a large build volume, 12″ x 12″ x 12″, and has a fully enclosed build chamber with a removable top. It comes standard with a heated bed and glass build plate that is topped with BuildTak. All the N series printers can be purchased with an optional dual extruder. One of the simple things that Raise3D got right, and many printer manufacturers seem to forget, is how to build a good extruder. The N-Series printers use clear acrylic, so it is easy to see that the filament is loaded properly. In my opinion, this is something that should be standard on all printers.
Joining the N2 are its smaller and larger siblings: the N1, with a build area of 8″ x 8″ x 8″, and the N2 Plus, which is twice as tall as the N2 and has a build area of 12″ x 12″ x 24″. All three printers can print in a variety of materials; PLA, ABS, PC, FLEX, PETG, HIPS, woodFill, bronzeFill, Nylon, TPU, TPE and Carbon Fiber. They useRaise3D’s slicing software, ideaMaker, which runs on Mac and Windows XP or later versions of Windows, and takes .stl and .obj files.
One of the neatest features of these printers is their 7″ touch screen that doesn’t just list the model names but shows a full color image of the model. The screen also displays a sliced view of the model that updates as the model is being printing, giving the user a visual representation of the build progress. Neat!
The printers have aluminum frames and acrylic enclosures. They use an ATmega2560 motion controller and Freescale imx6, quad core 1 Ghz ARM processor with 1G of memory and 8G of flash storage. They also have a resume print after power interruption feature. The N1 Lite has many of the features of the N1, except that it has a smaller 3″ single color LCD, no onboard memory or resume print function.
The N Series printers are very high resolution printers with stated specs of 10 – 250 microns, 0.4mm nozzles and a max nozzle temperature of 300˚C. The N2 and N2+ are pre-aligned at the factory. They are ready to print straight out the box, with no leveling required.
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