This one single desktop device can 3D Print, laser engrave, and CNC machine.

Practically every prototyping tool you’d ever need exists within the realm of the Snapmaker 2.0. In its second, more expansive, open, and fine-tuned iteration, the guys at Snapmaker have put together an absolute prototyping powerhouse that literally takes up not more than a square that measures 3×3 feet. The modular device can be built to run as a 3D Printer, a Laser Engraver/Cutter, and even a 3 or even 4 Axis CNC Machine. The Snapmaker 2.0 isn’t a product as much as it’s an eco-system… a set of opportunities. An ability to practically fabricate anything you want!

At the heart of the Snapmaker is its complete metal construction and modular nature. Metal allows you to have near-perfect tolerances, it can take heat, and it’s the choice for any product that’s as heavy duty as a fabricating system. Snapmaker’s metal construction ensures its ability to perform to precision, while its modular nature gives it the ability to do any sort of fabrication you’d need. Designed to be faster, smarter, and even larger, the Snapmaker 2.0 can handle bigger projects than its previous iteration, and can deliver quality faster. Snapmaker 2.0’s modular build allows you to put together the product you need. Within a couple of minutes, you can assemble a fully-functional 3D printer that can also do laser engraving or CNC carving, just by interchanging heads and adding extra elements like a spool (for the 3D printing filament), or a vice (for CNC machining).

Snapmaker’s software guides you through the whole (incredibly simple) process. It provides a host of features that make it easy for a consumer (with relatively no skill or understanding of software) to operate it. The touchscreen interface on the Snapmaker 2.0 can alert you when the filament runs out during 3D printing (and even pause the build till you change it), while CNC carving, Snapmaker 2.0 allows any consumer to easily switch between drill bits (a task that earlier required a CNC expert), and the laser engraving module comes with a camera built into it that captures your product and lets you preview what your laser art would look like on the product, right in Snapmaker’s interface. The entire device even comes with an auto-resume feature that allows you to continue working from where you left off if there’s ever a power cut. Snapmaker can automatically recognize which tool head (3D printing, laser, or CNC) that is attaching to the machine and shows the relevant control panel on the touchscreen. The workflow and UI is simple and intuitive.

This ability to use pro-tools with just simple know-how makes the Snapmaker 2.0 an absolute game changer, giving you the power to fabricate prototypes, and even make your own products, toys, and craft materials in your own home. Perfect for freelance industrial designers, engineers, artists, craftspeople, and even in office setups like studios, teams, or start-ups, the Snapmaker 2.0 is a pretty powerful tool to put your ideas to the test. Its modular setup lets you build exactly the fabricating tool you need, allowing you to expand it, add an enclosure, or even modules like an IP Camera or an emergency kill-switch. Designed to empower you to build your ideas, the Snapmaker 2.0 brings seriously capable and powerful professional tools to anyone with a creative inkling. Go ahead! You can literally build your own production line in your home!

Designer: Snapmaker

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The Snapmaker 2.0 is a modular 3-in-1 3D printers that unlock your full creative potential, from 3D printing to laser engraving, cutting, and CNC carving. Snapmaker 2.0 is smarter, faster, larger, and more powerful than ever before. It is a new generation of 3-in-1 3D printers that comes with everything you need!

3D Printing

Snapmaker 2.0 modular 3-in-1 3D printers are ideal for beginners who are just getting started, hobbyists who prefer more customized options, as well as engineers and designers who want to print large objects or accurate parts with outstanding print quality.

Laser Engraving & Cutting

Traditional 3D printers can only 3D print. Your Snapmaker 2.0 is completely different. With interchangeable modules, Snapmaker’s functionality can be changed quickly and effciently, just like changing lenses on a camera. Now you can make many kinds of beautiful and artistic creations using laser engraving and cutting.

CNC Carving

You can even use Snapmaker 2.0 as a CNC router to create precision 2.5D and 3D objects. It has faster working speed and a much larger workspace than the original model. It is the perfect machine to extend your interest to CNC carving.

3D Printing Samples

Snapmaker 2.0 allows you to print almost anything for your creative projects: from common applications to objects with specific mechanical properties, such as toughness, durability, and flexibility. Snapmaker 2.0 can do it all!

Laser Engraving & Cutting Samples

A wide variety of materials you find in daily life are laser engravable or cuttable, including paper, plywood, leather, acrylic, cardboard, paper, fabric, and even food like cookies and coconuts!

CNC Carving Samples

CNC carving is ideal for precisely carving or cutting hard materials. With Snapmaker 2.0, you won’t be limited with the options of plastic or soft materials, and you’ll be able to use the following materials for your creative projects: hardwood, PCB, acrylic, POM, carbon fiber sheet, and many more materials.

High Resolution

Built with high-precision parts and an overall upgraded design, Snapmaker 2.0 is able to consistently print, engrave, cut, and carve objects in high resolution. The repeatability of the machine is 0.005 mm, and the homing repeatability is 0.01mm.

Modular 3D Printer

Imagine a 3D printer that you can upgrade and customize. Snapmaker is more than just a series of machines. It’s a system of powerful modules and add-ons for creative people like you. You can enjoy a lot of new features simply by getting the new modules or new kits.

Large Workspace

Snapmaker 2.0 has three models: A150, A250 and A350. You can make large prototypes, or multiple smaller objects in one go. A350 provides the largest build volume, measuring 320 x 350 x 330 mm.

Add Ons

As an innovative Snapmaker owner, you can further enhance your creativity with a wide variety of add-ons to personalize your Snapmaker 2.0. For greater level of applications, we’ll have Enclosures, Lights, a Handwheel, an Emergency Stop Button and a Camera available for preorder soon!

Powerful Controller

Snapmaker 2.0 can support various tool heads, add-ons, multiple linear modules, and more features using simply one controller. A big reason we are able to do this is that we innovatively adopt the CAN (Controlled Area Network) bus expansion solution which was widely used in car automation. Rather than adding more ports and make a bigger control board with tangled cables, we’ve upgraded our controller to expand your creativity by providing universal ports, multiport adapters, and a CAN Hub for adding additional CAN-bus ports.

Future Expansion

The Snapmaker 2.0 is modular. It allows for one machine to fulfil many roles which reduces space and cost. Snapmaker A150, A250 and A350 can be transformed into even more powerful machines with the upcoming Snapmaker Rotary Module, High Power Laser Module, 700W Spindle Module, and longer linear modules!

All-metal

All the Snapmaker models are built to last. For Snapmaker 2.0, we pushed the boundaries of all-metal construction even further. All modules and major components are made of high strength metal. For example, both the controller board and power adapter use aluminum alloys housings for better heat dissipation; the original POM rollers are upgraded to steel rollers to deliver a higher load-bearing capacity and rigidity.

Well-made

The aerospace-grade aluminum alloys are made into precision, reliable parts of Snapmaker modules after a series of processing steps. Each manufacturing process is strictly controlled, and every part is meticulously made. Snapmaker 2.0 not only looks premium, but also consistently delivers high performance.

High-precision

Snapmaker 2.0 allows the high-precision computer-controlled tools to be readily accessible for every desk. Integrating only the finest quality components, it has high accuracy and repeatability, which allows it to 3D print, engrave and cut objects in high resolution.

Easy-to-use 3-in-1 Software

Our 3-in-1 software, Snapmakerjs, is tailor-made for your Snapmaker machines. One single and powerful software for all your tasks.

WiFi Connectivity

With the Wi-Fi feature and the USB port, you can connect your Snapmaker 2.0 to any configuration for your convenience. You can upload designs via Wi-Fi or USB flash drive and print with the touch of a button. In addition, you can update the firmware over Wi-Fi directly.

Smart Touchscreen

Snapmaker 2.0 comes with a smart touchscreen that simplifies the workflow of your daily projects, letting you manage the most-used tasks directly from the touchscreen. Similarly to a smartphone, this 5-inch (720 x 1280 pixels) movable touchscreen is equipped with a Quad Core A7 CPU @1.1GHz, running under Android OS. providing a smooth and fast interface.

Power-loss Recovery

You don’t have to worry about power outages anymore. Snapmaker 2.0 can automatically detect power-loss, and then resumes exactly where it left off. You can recover any project and get perfect printing/engraving/cutting/carving results all the time.

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3D Printing Highlights – Auto Leveling

Bed leveling is a tricky process, especially for a large heated bed and inexperienced users. To make bed leveling easier, we added an auto-leveling function. An induction sensor can probe the bed in a grid and apply mesh-based compensation that ensures you print on a level bed every time, all without the user having to go through complicated process.

Filament Runout Recovery

Equipped with a filament runout sensor, those who are looking to print a large object can now print without fear. This will prevent unfinished prints and “air printing”. Once it realizes that the filament has run out, the touchscreen will notify you to load a new filament and allow you to resume printing immediately.

Upgraded Cooling System

With Snapmaker 2.0, you can print objects with deep overhangs and get a more smooth finished surface! Cooling is just as important as heating when it comes to FDM 3D printing. For the Snapmaker 2.0, the cooling system is re-designed to cool the print in the most efficient way.

Flexible Platform

Removing a print is now easier than ever. Just lift the plate and flex it, no matter the size or shape of your print. As the heated bed uses a magnetic design, you can easily remove and put back the print sheet, or change it with the laser cutting work table or CNC carving in one minute.

Laser Highlights – Built-in Camera

The built-in camera allows you to preview your design with whatever material you use. You can edit your design and precisely position it exactly where you want it to be. What you see is what you get!

Draw, Cut and Capture

Laser cutting can be as easy as drawing. The Snapmaker 2.0 can recognize and transform your drawing into a vector image for laser engraving or cutting. Furthermore, you can edit the converted vector image directly in the Snapmaker software to fit into all your creative projects!

Faster Engraving

Faster is better. We added the Line (Normal Quality) mode to provide you a fast engraving option for grayscale images. This feature can save you hours when engraving big grayscale images. The quality is still very good compared to the original Dot (High Quality) mode.

Aluminum Grid Table

The Aluminum Grid Table is specially designed to prevent damage to the bed by defocusing the laser beam during cutting. It is removable and super firm.

CNC Highlights – ER11 COLLET

Snapmaker 2.0 features a fully upgraded CNC module. Using the standard ER11 Collet, it guarantees a better concentricity that allows for faster CNC carving speed and larger step down, which saves your time significantly. It also supports over one hundred carving and cutting bits. The diameters of the bits range from 0.5mm (0.020 inches) to 6.35mm (0.250 inches).

Wasteboard and Clamping Kits

Each Snapmaker 2.0 comes with an MDF wasteboard. It’s removable and it can protect the bed from damage as well as providing a smooth and leveled surface for precise CNC carving. Furthermore, you can use the provided aluminum clamping kits to hold down the materials more easily and more reliably.

Dust Resistance

Snapmaker 2.0’s linear module has been upgraded for easy maintenance. The leadscrew, driver chip and precision parts are completely enclosed in the aluminum alloys housings. It eliminates the problem of dirt accumulation, resulting in better durability.

Specifications

How Snapmaker 2.0 is made

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A look at the finalists for the NASA ‘3D-Printed Habitat Challenge’

We’re just years away from colonizing our first extraterrestrial planet, and NASA’s plans aren’t limited to humans shifting to Mars. Their 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge aims to look at how to develop a printable, easy to set-up home for space-travelers on the Moon, Mars, or even further into the universe. The multi-million dollar competition was designed to challenge teams to build complex habitat setups that could be assembled easily on site, giving astronauts/voyagers a place more permanent to stay in than a lander or spaceship.

NASA selected three finalists (over a period of more than 4 years) through multiple phases of the competition. Finalists were required to present renderings, research and propose materials and schematics, and the third stage ends with actually building prototypes of the shelters. At third place is Team Mars Incubator (video above) with its modular habitat. Each module serves the purpose of a separate room, and is connected by a walkway. Smaller modules are made to be dodecahedral (comprising pentagons), while the large, primary module comprises hexagonal and pentagonal pieces.

Designer: Team Mars Incubator

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At second place is Team Zopherus, with the rather unique Zopherus habitat. Rather than carry material to Mars, the Zopherus relies (in part) on materials found on Mars. Essentially a massive interplanetary 3D-printer, the Zopherus deploys rovers that collect material and bring it back to the printer, which binds it together with cement, and prints the habitat out. The habitat uses two nozzles that print in HDPE and the Martian concrete. The HDPE forms a base structure as well as an outer cover for the Martian concrete construction, reinforcing it as well as protecting it from the extreme temperatures of the red planet.

Designer: Team Zopherus

NASA Mars 3D Habitat Challenge Finalists

Running for first place is Team SEArch+/Apis Cor, with its twisting smokestack design. Titled the Mars X House, its design is optimized for the pressure requirements of Mars, and comes made with an inner layer of HDPE, followed by an outer covering of concrete and basalt fiber, which is finally reinforced on the outside with vertically spiraling ridges. The house is split into three zones, with their own dedicated emergency exits (the outer spiral staircase), and right at the top is a water reservoir which applies downward pressure on the building, which when combined with the building’s shape, prevents it from exploding due to the pressure imbalance from the inside to the outside.

Shipping materials and components to Mars is an incredibly expensive ordeal, which is why each of the houses attempt at building on-site, autonomously using a fixed set of parts and whatever they can find on the planet… so when the first colonists make their interplanetary journey, they carry only valuable, life-sustaining cargo with them. NASA has finalized on these three designs, and the challenge is all set to end in May with a grand showcase in Illinois where the winner will receive a grand prize of $800,000!

Designer: Team SEArch+/Apis Cor

NASA Mars 3D Habitat Challenge Finalists

IKEA makes furniture more accessible with 3D printing

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Light waves allow scientists to 3D print with multiple materials

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Your very own robot arm for laser engraving, 3D printing and more!

Every so often a product pops up that we can’t quite believe exists… and the incredible Hexbot is one of them! Hexbot is an all-in-one robot arm that is fit for anyone’s desktop. This interchangeable device can assist makers and designers in bringing their creations to life… and with insane precision! The modules satisfyingly clip onto the end of the arm, each offering a unique and usable function; from laser engraving, which allows for the creations of mesmerizing pieces of art or personalized gifts, right through to 3D printing, allowing your creations to come to life!

The possibilities for Hexbot are bordering on overwhelming and its immense level of functionality doesn’t compromise the ease-of-use. It comes with its own intuitive software, so you can just concentrate on creating! All of this does come at a cost… a very affordable cost! So, having your very own robot arm is now more attainable than ever!

Designer: Hexbot Robotics

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The first versatile desktop robotic arm with extreme 0.05mm high repeatability that turns your desktop into a workshop. Hexbot’s functional modular design is aimed to complete any task from simply grasping, drawing to 3D printing and laser engraving.

What Can You Make With Hexbot?

What Makes Hexbot Different?

The patented decelerator design reduces the gap between gears, allowing 0.05mm extremely high repeatability.

Change Modules in One Click

Thanks to the modular design, Hexbot no longer has unwanted screws on the end effector. Switch out modules in just one click.

Free & Easy-to-use Software

Hexbot gives you an intuitive and interactive way to control and bring your ideas in just a few clicks with our software.

To keep Hexbot easy-to-use, they integrated Blockly into our software, which allows dragging and placing the code blocks to control Hexbot. Control a robot arm is as easy as play a board game.

They also provide an API for experienced developers to control Hexbot in Processing, Python, and G-code.

Colorful Touchscreen

To make controlling Hexbot even easier, we designed the 3.5-inch touchscreen allows you to check the status and command Hexbot within your hand. Download the G-code files to the SD card and start drawing/engraving/printing. No need to keep connecting to your computer.

Drawing & Writing

With the pen holder module, Hexbot can write a letter, draw a picture, and turn your design into pen and ink. Bring arts to your home or write your homework…

Laser Engraving

Hexbot can be easily transformed into a laser engraver with the laser engraver module. It is capable of engraving on wood, leather, paper and other materials. You can make a meaningful gift for your friends within a few minutes.

3D Printing

With Hexbot’s high precision, you can print a 3D object with the 3D printing module. The modular design expands the creative power for Hexbot. Gives us the ability to create more things with it.

Pick & Placing

Picking and placing objects can be easily performed with the help of a suction cup and soft gripper.

Tech & Play

Don’t know how to program? No worries. With the multi-function button on the base or the touchscreen, you can drag the arm and record the movements and make Hexbot repeat the movements. Drag, record, and play – just that easy.

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You can now 3D print your own iconic Bladeless fan

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If you never had the money to spring for one of Dyson’s bladeless fans, know that you could pretty much print a similar one for yourself. Designed by Daniel Mitchell, a 3-D printing enthusiast from South Africa, this bladeless fan uses an airfoil shape to suck and capture additional air, creating a cool, un-buffeted breeze. It also features a rather neat looking triangular shape that’s cool enough to grab eyes but different enough to keep Dyson’s copyright lawyers at bay.

The fan is almost entirely 3D printed (the files are available to download for free) and requires a couple of extra components (a 120mm computer fan, a 12V DC power adapter, and an on/off switch), and just a touch of technical prowess to piece the entire model together. The total print time is up to 35 hours… which may seem like a lot, but considering that it would take more time to buy and have a bladeless fan shipped to you, Daniel’s 3D printed bladeless fan isn’t all that bad. Did I mention it’s a whole lot cheaper too??

Designer: Daniel Mitchell

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Behold, the world’s first fully 3D printed motorbike!

Apart from the electronics, and the rider, every ounce of the BigRep Nexa is 3D printed. From the handlebars, to the body, to the seat, suspension, and even the tires, the Nexa is an absolutely stunning feat of design and engineering melded together to show how far additive 3D printing has come. The e-bike’s body comes with an edgy, chiseled design that gives it character and strength, and even includes a flexible bumper underneath the seat to absorb shock. Even the airless tires are made from 3D printing, with a lattice structure that gives it both strength and flexibility, allowing it to mimic natural rubber tires.

A 3D printer selling company, BigRep came to limelight with their airless bicycle tires that we featured earlier this year. The Nexa takes BigRep’s PRO FLEX filament and TPU printing technology to the next step, not only by building an entire vehicle out of it, but by building a much more powerful vehicle that tests the material on a much more advanced level. What’s next… a sportscar? A hanned drone?? Who knows!

Designer: BigRep

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