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 is returning to the crowdfunding platform to jumpstart production on its latest product: the Snapmaker 2.
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. The manufacturer recently teased a forthcoming Kickstarter campaign for its latest product on the Snapmaker website.
The Snapmaker team has already shared a number of details about the next-generation 3D printer, which will launch on the crowdfunding platform in the near future. And, 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 Mini (165 x 170 x 145 mm build volume), Standard (230 x 265 x 240 mm), and the Plus (330 x 365 x 335 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.
Judging from the manufacturer’s website, it appears that the Snapmaker 2 will be more modifiable that the first edition, possibly allowing control of up to 11 different modules. Apparently, the new 3D printer can be expanded beyond the simple Snapmaker design and integrated into a variety of different machine types.
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 a roller and guide that enhances the sturdiness and durability of the machine, ensuring an impressive ± 0.02 mm repeatability. 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.
We’d wager that more details about the Snapmaker 2 will be unveiled once the Kickstarter campaign is launched. For now, you can subscribe on Snapmaker’s website to receive further updates and receive early bird discounts.
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.
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