Japanese company Open Cube Co. Ltd has just announced their new Scoovo C170 3D printer that is aimed at personal and domestic customers, and brings the idea of ‘a small workshop on the desk’ to reality.
The company’s press release explains that the C170 will help schools, offices and households discover 3D printing. The enclosure is made from strong 1.2 mm thick sheet steel and can be fitted with an optional acrylic front safety panel for about $105.
It can print with PLA filament at a layer resolution of 0.1mm and has a maximum build size volume of 150mm x 150 mm x 175mm.
The print head is moved around the build area on a “Smart Side Rail” which moves in the 3-axis directions and is kept stable due to its aluminum construction. Open Cube say that the SSR provides stability and high accuracy of industrial 3D printers. To reduce energy running costs the C170 is fitted with a non-heated bed, which will still produce good results with PLA. The reduced odor of PLA printing also makes the C170 ideal for use at home.
To help design objects to print the C170 comes with Scoovo Studio modeling software for Windows, from XP to Windows 8, and the data is sent to the printer via a USB cable. The Scoovo C170 3D printer will go on sale July 29th 2013 and will cost about $1,800 (180,000 yen).