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RepRap Prusa Mendel V2

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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

RepRap Prusa Mendel V2
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RepRap Prusa Mendel V2 vs The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

RepRap Prusa Mendel V2
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel
RepRap Prusa Mendel V2
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

Why is RepRap Prusa Mendel V2 better than The Future is 3D Glacier Steel?

  • 13.41kg lighter
    7kgvs20411g
  • Prints in ABS plastic
  • 152mm shorter
    406mmvs558mm
  • 177mm narrower
    432mmvs609mm

Why is The Future is 3D Glacier Steel better than RepRap Prusa Mendel V2?

  • Has a heated build platform
  • Creates support structures
  • Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)
  • 80% thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
    20µmvs100µm
  • 2.97x bigger maximum 3D print size (mm)
    304 x 304 x 228vs225 x 225 x 140
  • 128mm thinner
    304mmvs432mm

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General info

1.Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)
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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

Printers based on fused deposition modeling (FDM) use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded through a nozzle, layer by layer, to create the object. One of the main advantages of printers based on FDM is that they work with a wide range of materials.

2.weight

7kg

20.41kg

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3.height

406mm

558mm

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4.thickness

432mm

304mm

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5.width

432mm

609mm

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230mm

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Components

1.Has a heated build platform
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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

A heated build platform helps keep the lowest levels of a print warm as the higher layers are printed. This allows the overall print to cool more evenly.

2.Creates support structures
RepRap Prusa Mendel V2
The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

The printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.

3.1.75mm filament diameter
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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

The 1.75mm filament diameter is gradually overtaking the previous 3mm standard. The 1.75mm filament feeds into the printer with greater ease and allows for more detail in the printing process.

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Materials

1.Prints in PLA
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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

Polylactic acid (PLA) is popular in 3D printing as it cools and sets quickly. Unlike ABS plastic, it is biodegradable and therefore better for the environment. It can be used to build support structures for other printouts, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.

2.Prints in ABS plastic
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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

The printer prints in ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). This is up to 30 times stronger than regular plastic and is commonly used in 3D printing.

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Print sizes

1.layer thickness

100µm

20µm

The thinner each print layer is, the more detailed you can make your designs. Layer thickness is often also referred to as resolution and is measured in microns (µm).

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0.4µm

2.maximum creation size

225 x 225 x 140

304 x 304 x 228

This is the biggest size of object that you can print.

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490 x 500 x 850

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Connectivity

1.has an external memory slot
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The Future is 3D Glacier Steel

The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.

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