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Ilios 3D Introduces the Ilios Beam: Compact, Affordable and High-Tech

by • April 4, 2016 • No Comments

h5Ilios 3D has an informative story. Based on the small Mediterranean island of Cyprus, the 3D printing device turn it intoer never meant to become a 3D printing device turn it intoer at all. RC enthusiast Demetris Ruslan Zavorotnitsienko founded Gizmo For You Ltd in 2008 as a forum for his open source and commercial projects. One of those projects, the Open Source Remote Control, requireed a few 3D printed parts, but no on the market printing device met Zavorotnitsienko’s requirements and was inside his budget – so he decided to turn it into his own. His intention was to raise adequate money to turn it into a few printing devices for internal use and maybe sell a few through an Indiegogo campaign, but the Ilios HD SLA 3D printing device was such a hit that it snowballed into a side business. Three years later, Ilios is a successful company offering not just the HD but three other printing devices that have since been turn it intoed, plus an array of accessories and materials.

The newest of those 3D printing devices is the just-unveiled Ilios Beam, that the company describes as the additional small in size and additional inexpensive
edition of their Ilios Ray multi-color SLA printing device, that was added at the end of 2014. The Beam uses the same electronics, software and “Laser Draw” innovation as the Ray, but it’s far less expensive. The Ray is scarcely inexpensive
for the average home user, but the Beam carries a price tag of just €1,989.

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“Since we now can control laser light in any way we require through our software and UI interface, it is much simpler to turn it into an inexpensive
platform to use the outcome requireed without reverting to difficult parts and construction,” the company explains. “Although the final resolution of the turn it into is not as high as Ilios Ray, it is yet much higher than an FDM based process and actually a projector based solution since the laser is yet drawing at a quite dense array.”

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The Beam comes pre-assembled and equipped with the latest editions of the company’s Ilios Control Unit and Ilios User Interface. Both WiFi and USB capabilities are included, plus a color touch screen and remote monitoring capabilities – you can actually monitor and control your print jobs of your smart watch, should you own one. Unlike the Ray, the Ilios Beam does not have an automated material deliquite process, but it’s effortless to add resin to the printing device’s multiple cartridges.

One of the coolest showcases of the Ilios Beam, in my opinion, is that you can fold it up and carry it with you. It is small in size, incredibly light, and “not larger than an attaché case when folded,” says Zavorotnitsienko. It actually comes with a handle so that you can easily carry it, like said attaché case. A few additional specifications include:

ilios-beam-secretPrinter dimensions: 30 x 38 x 15 cm (when folded)Build volume: 200 x 290 x 200 mmLayer thickness: 24-50 micronsFeature size: 50-90 micronsRepeat accuracy: Less than 20 microns

Ilios is already bringing pre-orders for the Beam, with shipment estimated to start around mid-July. The company is being a bit mysterious, not releasing any photos of the printing device until nearer to the shipping date, so you will have to use your imagination until and so. Discuss in the Beam 3D Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.