Meet the New Customizable Open-source 3D Printer – the Mondrian
Mondrian is a new customizable compact open-source RepRap 3D printer. It appeared as the result of two successful campaigns by Open Edge that took place in 2012 and 2013, when the first RepRap printers were introduced. Mobdrian 3.0 is a printer designed by makers for makers. It is a reliable, user-friendly tool for developing everything that may come to your mind. Its high precision makes linear sliders run smoothly. The producers use Mondrian to develop plastic parts for other printers they create.
Here are a few technical features of Mondrian:
- The nozzle is short, has a conical inner geometry, thus it provides smooth extrusion at low temperature. In addition it requires less force.
- Precise vertical movement is achieved with a stepper motor with a timing belt;
- There are some parts printed in PLA, they slide smoothly on aluminum;
- Easy access to the electronic board for possible adjustments is possible due to the removable back panel;
- All the parts of Mondrian are customizable, so you make your Mondrian in an infinite number of combinations. Make a printer that will suit you most! Customization implies choosing among sixteen colours for groups of 3D printed parts, plus you may engrave the door and the slides with pictures, logos or text.
- A fully stabilized bed is supported in all the corners to prevent from slackening caused by temperature changes.
- Its size is 360x400x375 mm, the build volume being 200x200x200mm. It prints at the speed of 40mm/s.
- There is an option to use dual extruders.
- You connect it to your PC via USB.
The company never stops improving Mondrian. Currently they are trying to embed a Raspberry Pi board preconfigured with OctoPrint. They hope to allow thus remote 3D printing via Ethernet or WiFi. They are also planning to use a peristaltic pump to provide liquid extrusion. Other possible features added on may include plotting, laser engraving, paste extrusion and some other.
Open Edge is planning to increase the speed of production of 3D printed parts. To do this, they have to develop a manufacturing network. They will produce parts on several machines (not on one printer only). This is likely to increase the capacity of production.
They have recently started a campaign on Kickstarter to introduce their projects, represent ideas and share their views. All the funds raised during the campaign will be spent to fund your rewards, support R&D, develop the website, work on documents and pay the Kickstarter fee.