Before the end of 2015, I was introduced to the Lunavast CrafteHbot 3D printer kit. Developed by Lunavast as a potential full-color FDM system, the CrafteHbot utilizes an inkjet printhead to dye 3D printed objects after they have been printed. Perhaps tipped off by our own readers’ comments, Lunavast has introduced a further enhancement to their product which in fact dyes objects while the print is taking place.
To reiterate, to introduce this dying system to the CrafteHbot 3D printer, customers will have to disassemble a color inkjet printer and install the printhead into the CrafteHbot kit. The CrafteHbot utitlizes the inkheads to spray ink at a distance of inside 10mm.
Previously, the printer may dye objects which had to be rotated in order to color every side, making it difficult to cover additional complex objects. The new “Color Layer printing function” allows for for every layer to be dyed as printing is completed. Other showcases of the printer are its aluminum frame, two Bondtech QR extruders, double drive gears, and an Arduino Due with 32-bit CPU.
Today, the CrafteHbot kit is up for pre-order, with a $500 discount for orders placed preceding January 20th when using the code “craftehbotlaunch” on the Lunavast website. This brings the price down of US$2,499 to $1,999. The output of the CrafteHbot is not really as refined as I’m certain customers might demand, but it looks as though Lunavast knows which the full-color 3D printing explosion is only around the corner and wants to get in on the action fast.