It was recently announced that Magicfirm Europe plans to launch the Mbot3D Grid II 3D Printer for European consumers. Founded in September, 2013, the company exclusively focuses on sales and support of Magicfirm’s products in Europe. They’re a hot seller in North America, with the Grid being one of the most popular small figurine printers available for home consumers. It’s expected to fare quite well in Europe, too.
About the Printer
The Mbot3D Grid II sports an all-metal design, which was found within its predecessors. It also has quite a large build volume that’s 260x230x200mm, which makes it suitable for printing small plastic objects. However, one of the most important features to grace this printer is the automatic calibration system, which calibrates the build plate to three points automatically for highly accurate objects at the end of the print cycle.
Its developer commented that the system relies on an internal probe that’s built within the print head, which is combined with a variety of small holes in the build plate. This allows the nozzles to go below the print surface when probing the build plate, which ensures everything is in proper alignment and won’t cause errors during the sometimes time consuming printing process (when printing large, complex objects).
How Does Automatic Calibration Work?
The automatic calibration process is divided into two separate steps. The first step levels the build plate with the print nozzles. At this point, LED lights light up and the user is prompted to manually make any adjustments underneath the print head should any be required. Once a series of three LED lights are lit, then this indicates the build plate is aligned properly.
The second step involves calibrates the distance between the nozzle and the build plate surface. This will cause the build plate to rise in small steps until the plate rests about 100 micrometers above the plate surface. This will be indicated by the use of a piece of copier paper as a shim.
The Build Plate
The Grid II also benefits from a newly improved build plate design, which uses a glass plate laminated with a plastic top. This allows users to use a greater variety of filament types without the need for additional heat sources or any sort of primers being added to the plate before printing.
The build plate itself is held in place using three magnet, which makes it easy to remove the plate before removing the objects that were printed: preventing any unnecessary damages through improper handling of hot plastics.
The printer is now commercially available for purchase in single or dual print head configurations. They vary only slightly in price, with the single print head design costing 1,245 EUR and the dual print head setup costing 1,395 EUR. Shipping and taxes aren’t included in these prices.