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Coming Soon to Indiegogo: The Funplay DIY, a Unique and Affordable Build-Your-Own SLA 3D Printer

by • April 17, 2016 • 23s Comments

3D_dreamworkshop_logoAs long as there have been consumer 3D printing equipment, there have been DIY 3D printing equipment. We’ve written of many one-of-a-kind 3D printing equipment turn it intod by revolutionary people, as well as multiple companies who contribute their printing equipment in kit form for customers to assemble themselves. Whilst there’s a wide variety of build-your-own 3D printing equipment out there, one type of printing device that we haven’t seen too much of in the DIY area is the SLA printing device – alyet the ones we have seen have been somewhat astonishing. The latest DIY SLA printing device, coming soon to Indiegogo, looks to be no exemption.

The Funplay DIY 3D printing device, turn it intod by Taiwanese developer 3D Dream Workshop, is an interesting concept by any standard, not just the DIY standard. This build-your-own printing device allows for users additional freedom and control than many SLA 3D printing equipment, DIY or otherwise. Whilst the majority of SLA printing equipment limit their users to proprietary resins, the Funplay is compatible with many SLA resins on the market. 3D Dream Workshop in addition contributes a clear resin along with a sizeable pallette of blendable pigments that can be mixed into the resin to turn it into one-of-a-kind colors.

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The flexibility of the Funplay is thanks to the Adjustable Laser Energy (ALE) and Adjustable Exposure Time (AET) technologies turn it intod by 3D Dream Workshop. Unlike many SLA printing equipment, that have fixed laser durablity and exposure times, the Funplay allows for its users to adjust the durablity of the laser between 0 and 100 mW, as well as the light exposure time inside a range of 5 to 45 µs.

DSC_8949s“When we released laser power and exposure time, the key facts for high high end SLA 3d printing, for users to alter, we are returning the right of choosing optical resin back to our consumers,” said Enzo Lee, General Manager of 3D Dream Workshop. “So they can select a resin with the right price and the right printing high end.”

Whilst SLA 3D printing equipment are beloved for their capacity to generate smooth, high resolution, finely detailed prints, they’ve long been out of the price range for many average consumers. Affordable PC SLA printing equipment have just begun to look relatively not long ago. The initially iteration of the Funplay DIY printing device, the Funplay DIY Crystal, is set to be incredibly low-cost, with a projected retail price of $1,200 and a super early bird Indiegogo price of just $799. (3D Dream Workshop’s website in addition lists a Funplay DIY Orange, that is apparently a next release, yet no details are provided.)

No precise date has been given for the commence of the Indiegogo campaign, but 3D Dream Workshop states that it can be going live either at the end of April or the beginning of May. Campaign supporters can obtain a printing device in kit form plus one resin tank and a bottle of clear resin. For a slightly higher price, supporters can in addition obtain the “High Tech Palette” set of pigments for resin color mixing. Video instructions for printing device assembly can in addition be on the market.

A few other details:

Printer dimensions: 31 x 31 x 45 cmBuild volume: 125 x 125 x 150 mmLayer thickness: 25, 50, 100 micronsOperating temperature: Suggested 25° C

You can see a swift video of the Funplay in action at a lower place. What do you ponder of this new machine? Are you planning on backing the campaign? Discuss in the FunPlay SLA 3D Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.