Distributor adds 3D printers, scanner, to rapid prototyping line

October 02, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Continuing its programme of products for 3D printing and prototyping, the latest 3D printing products to be added to RS Components’ range include two new Ultimaker 2 3D printers and a highly compact and portable high-definition 3D scanner.

Additions to the RS catalogue include the Ultimaker 2 ‘Go’ and ‘Extended’ printers, that use Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology and allow the choice of a wide range of material filaments including popular choices such as PLA and ABS. The Ultimaker 2 ‘Go’ is a compact and lightweight 3D printer that offers a friendly interface, making it an ideal starter machine for users new to 3D printing, yet offering printing at a premium level. The Ultimaker 2 ‘Go’ is not equipped with a heated bed and therefore enables fast printing without delay. Offering a build volume of 120 x 120 x 115 mm, the machine’s slim-line design and dedicated travel case means the product is portable and is suitable for use across different locations.

The Ultimaker 2 ‘Extended’ printer offers some of the highest speed and accuracy found on any desktop 3D printer and offers a large build volume of 230 x 225 x 305 mm and a heated bed with an operating temperature range from 50 to 100°C. Specifications common to all the Ultimaker 2 printers include 0.02 mm layer resolution; build speed ranging from 30 to 300 mm/sec; a nozzle temperature of 180 to 260°C; nozzle/filament diameter from 2.85 to 0.4 mm; and stand-alone SD card printing for 3D-model file upload.

Designed to work in conjunction with 3D printers is the Matter & Form desktop 3D scanner. The scanner has a moving high-definition camera head with dual lasers and a rotating platform that delivers fast, easy and accurate scanning of 3D objects, often completing the task within a few minutes.

Capturing approximately 2000 points per second - ±0.25 mm precision and ±0.43 mm resolution and therefore providing a very high level of surface detail, this scanner rivals many of the more expensive 3D scanners currently available on the market. Offered in a foldable design with dimensions of 34.5(H) x 21(W) x 34.5/8.5 cm (L, open/closed) and weighing 1.71kg,