Maxit: A New Fast-Assembly 3D Printer from A1 Technologies

For many years, A1 Technologies has been an active advocate for placing advanced, integrated 3D digital technologies into the hands of tomorrow’s designers, engineers and manufacturers to encourage and develop these skills for future generations. In April 2009 the company sold the world’s very first low-cost commercial 3D printer. Now, following stringent R&D efforts the company is delighted to be launching a brand new, proprietary 3D printer, the Maxit, with some key design and operational improvements.

The Maxit 3D printer has been developed to enable it to be built quickly and easily, within a few hours. A major part of the A1 mission is to engage children — in a school environment — to get creative with 3D printing and associated technologies, and to become familiar and comfortable with the technology. This is because A1 firmly believes that, in the future, we will all design+make in 3D, and putting 3D tools into classrooms now is the best investment we can make into that future for industry and for society.

What is more, reliable printing has also been at the heart of the development of the Maxit 3D printer, with quality electronic components sourced to support uninterrupted and consistent printing operations.  Thanks to a key design feature (the motor is remote from the hot end), the printing head is much lighter with lower inertia, allowing faster printing.

Maxit Specifications:

  • Dimensions 360 x 360 x 320 mm (excluding material holder)
  • Weight 2.7 kg
  • Printable area: 210 x 160 x 100 mm
  • Printing Speed: 40+ mm/sec
  • Layer thickness: 0.125 – 0.3 mm
  • Nozzle size: 0.5 mm (good for fast printing)
  • Filament size: 3 mm
  • Material: PLA (Poly Lactic Acid: biodegradable material)
  • Supplied complete with software
  • Maxit — At a glance
  • Super light and easy to transport
  • Very simple to assemble (under a day)
  • Reliable support
  • Compatible with CAD software — both open source and commercial
  • Price: £995

According to Martin Stevens, CEO at A1 Technologies: “3D Printing is proving to be a disruptive technology in many industrial sectors: however, it is also just on the verge of hitting mainstream consciousness and I believe that it is impossible to overstate just how important the technology will be in the future. That is why I am so passionate about getting 3D printing into classrooms now, to furnish kids with the knowledge and the skills to succeed in the future whether this is for their careers or as informed citizens. And, beyond that, hands-on learning with products such as these has been shown to foster enthusiasm for STEM subjects, not to mention entrepreneurial spirit.”

3D Printing, however, is not a process that can be utilised in isolation of other 3D disciplines. To this end, A1 Technologies offers a globally unique and compelling mix of low-cost 3D products, with complete integration to make 21st century engineering principles both accessible and applicable in the classroom. As well as 3D printing; 3D design, 3D scanning and 3D machining products can all be sourced from A1 Technologies to provide a fully comprehensive suite for designing and making in 3D.

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