For the past several months, German RepRap has been churning out one new 3D printer after another. In a span of less than four months, the company has already introduced no less 3 of their most updated 3D printers to the market. If the idea is to make a major dent in the status of the 3D printing market, then German RepRap is a company that the more established brands should really worry about. The good news though, is it means better and more options for 3D printing technology enthusiasts of all levels and preferences.
The latest to come out of German RepRap’s lab is the second generation X150 3D Printer. Fresh off the definite success of the updated versions of the X400 and X350s, the new X150 is sure to excite everyone, particularly those who are looking for superb detail in small 3D printed objects. While the updated model takes its cue from the original NEO 1000X regarding the dimensions of the body and the printing volume, the distinguishing mark coming from the X150 will be in the accuracy of the details as well as the new printer’s better than ever reliability.
Included in the package is a 0.4mm nozzle, which should work really well in getting the accuracy of the detail as much as possible. The 3D printer is also versatile in the sense that the user can choose different types of filaments such as PLA and PETG to excellent effect while a couple of build plates are provided by German RepRap to accommodate the user’s preferred base plate.
Potential buyers also have the added benefit of going wireless with the X150 3D printer. Access to the printable files can be done through the use of USB or any wireless network by upgrading to 3DPrintBox software. One can even keep track of the status of the printing by checking the through the lens of the webcam in the user’s mobile device. These features allow the user so much versatility and convenience when working with a 3D printer.
The software application is also very solid in the X150. Together with the package is the Repetier and Slic3r programs. However, should one prefer the more expensive and more popular Simplify3D software, the 3D printer is still a great match with this feature-full software.
The user-friendly features of the X150 are taken by German RepRap as a way of acknowledging the open-source inspiration. Because technology is best improved and used when everybody has a hand in it, the X150 is seen by the company has the best combination of their expertise and what most 3D printing technology enthusiasts look for in their printers.
The main downside coming from the 3D printing sector is the fact that the X150 does not have all the usual accessories of other 3D printers that are in the same price range. However, German RepRap insists that after a few uses of their printer, one can see just how accurate and detailed the objects are, which merits the slight increase in price.
Based on the past performance of the original NEO, the X150 should be another solid option for 3D enthusiasts of all ages, particularly those who are looking for not as pricey options.
German RepRap X150 Specifications:
Build platform* (XxYxZ) 150 x 150 x 150 mm / 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 in, illuminated
Print speed 10 – 150 mm/s
Travel speed 10 – 300 mm/s
Position accuracy (X/Y) +/- 0.1 mm
Layer high 0.1 mm
Filament / Nozzle diameter (standard) 1.75 mm / 0.4 mm
Consumables PLA, Performance PLA
Extruder type Single DD, direct cooling
Extruder temperature (max) 265° C / 509° F
Print bed technology not heated
File transfer USB, Wifi or Ethernet optionally
Software included Repetier, Slic3r
Power consumption (max) 60 W
Operating voltage* 115 / 230 V
Ambient temperature 15 – 26°C / 59 – 78.8°F
Dimensions (WxDxH) approx. 330 x 330 x 330 mm / 13 x 13 x 13 in
Weight approx. 6 kg / 13.23 lbs
Standard DIN 10218-2
Options PrintBox, Simplify3D Software
Nozzles available 0.3 / 0.5 mm
Technology FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication)