There are a number of worthy all-in-one 3D printers currently on the market, but few offer the insane modularity and low price point of the Snapmaker.
Functioning as a 3D printer, CNC mill, and laser engraver, this digital fabrication tool instantly became a popular option for makers in need of a compact all-in-one machine. Priced at $799, the Snapmaker prides itself on having a sturdy all-metal frame and easily interchangeable modules.
After raising over $2.2 million on Kickstarter in 2017, its no surprise that Snapmaker returned to the crowdfunding platform once again to jumpstart production on its latest product: the Snapmaker 2. This time, it raised over $7.85 million – the most-funded technology campaign of all time on Kickstarter.
Keeping modularity and functionality in the crosshairs, the Snapmaker 2 is a new all-in-one 3D printer that has an improved design, a freshly designed controller, and a slew of other features for each module.
Considering that the company succeeded in bringing its latest product to the market, Snapmaker is sure to have some faithful customers waiting in the wings.
How exactly is the Snapmaker 2 different from its predecessor? Let’s review the details that the manufacturer has shared thus far.
Snapmaker will offer its new all-in-one 3D printer in three different sizes: the A150 (160 x 160 x 145 mm build volume), A250 (230 x 250 x 235 mm), and the A350 (320 x 350 x 330 mm). By creating a more extensive range of options, the company is striving to ensure that each user has a machine with the optimal physical dimensions.
It appears that the Snapmaker 2 will be more modifiable that the first edition, possibly allowing control of up to 11 different modules. Early renders showed the 3D printer to be configurable beyond the simple Snapmaker design and integrated into a variety of different machine types. Following the launch of the Kickstarter page, it would seem two frame styles prevail; the Snapmaker as we know from before, and a new larger style that supports the X-axis linear module from both ends (picture below, center).
Aside from the improvements to modularity, the other highlighted feature is the newly designed controller, which functions as the “brain” of the Snapmaker 2. Other new additions include a filament sensor, WiFi connectivity, and a new 5-inch touchscreen that runs on the Android OS. With this touchscreen display, users will be able to monitor the progress of their printing, engraving, and carving jobs with ease.
The main body of Snapmaker 2 is comprised of refined linear modules that are made from aluminum alloys. This includes steel rollers and guide that enhances the sturdiness and durability of the machine. According to the manufacturer, the design is fully closed, making it easy to maintain and keep clean.
Each of the three main functionalities offered on the Snapmaker 2 have been improved as well. Here’s a quick summary of the new features for the 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC milling modules.
In addition to a more polished appearance and quality of life features across all of the functions, it would appear that the Snapmaker team has also taken the time to improve the longevity of the machine.
The new control box brain of the Snapmaker 2 utilizes standardized connectors, meaning potentially any number of future modules could be plugged in a just work. The Kickstarter page teases the upcoming pre-order availability of a rotary module, high-power laser, and 700W CNC spindle.
Further to tool head modules, general add-ons are proposed including the likes of an emergency stop button.
The Snapmaker team has already shared an abundance of information about their new all-in-one 3D printer. Here are the technical specifications for the Snapmaker 2.
You can see what’s what for yourself over on the Snapmaker 2 Kickstarter page.
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