Zortrax has expanded its M300 3D printer with a new dual extruder model, the M300 Dual, which can print both the base material and a water-soluble support filament at the same time.
The extruder has a double hot-end with two separate 0.4 nozzles for the two different materials. It produces 100 – 300 micron layer resolution. It can also work in single extruder mode. The ability to use soluble supports is a big step forward for Zortrax as this allows the printer to produce more complex internal geometries. It also means that different parts can be stacked on top of each other so that the entire build volume can be used more efficiently.
Rafał Tomasiak, CEO of Zortrax, explains: “The dual-extrusion system and large workspace allow industrial-standard detailed and complicated printing, while maintaining the characteristics of a desktop printer. Our goal is to transfer the possibilities offered by an industrial printer to smaller, more user-friendly devices. The new M300 Dual is another step in this direction. Moreover, the M300 Dual is compatible with the Apoller smoothing device. We have created a comprehensive system enabling users to work using Zortrax devices.”
The M300 Dual has a build volume of 265 x 265 x 300 mm, which makes it slightly smaller than the M300 Plus. The build platform, which automatically levels itself, is heated and it can work with perforated or glass bases. There’s a colour touch screen and a built-in camera that can live-stream the progress so that users can monitor progress.
Zortrax supplies various 1.75mm filaments including Nylon, ABS, glass and PLA. The printer also supports third-party filaments so you’re not tied to one supplier. It has a sensor to detect jammed filament. There are also capacitors built in that store enough energy to keep the printer going so that if the power is cut or the filament runs out then it saves the position of the print head so that you can continue later from the exact same place.
It also has WiFi and Ethernet connectivity and is capable of being used within a print farm. It comes with Zortrax’s own Z-suite software, which supports .stl, .obj, .dxf, and .3mf files and runs on both Mac and Windows. It costs £3439, and you can find more details here.