Dual extruder 3D printer, plus cloud-enabled controller

February 02, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Designed in-house by the (distributor) Conrad Technology Centrum (CTC), the renkforce RF2000 has an expanded feature set and comes with the cloud-enabled 3D Printbox providing control and monitoring functions. Dual extruders permit printing of more complex 3D objects:the 3D Printbox provides an alternative to printing with a PC.

Conrad Business Supplies (Hirschau, Germany) has a 3D printer produced in Germany from the in-house designed renkforce brand. Featuring dual extruders, two colour printing and the capability to create water-soluble 3D objects, the RF2000 joins the single-extruder RF1000. The 3D Printbox control unit can be used in the place of a PC to provide more convenient management of the printer.

Features include improved lighting inside the chamber for better visibility during the printing process, a heated glass ceramic base to the chamber which provides improved adhesion during printing, and a large, high-contrast liquid crystal display (LCD) to improve the user interface of the device. Other enhancements to the design improve the safety and cooling of the unit – these include an additional fan and an emergency stop button.

The 3D Printbox serves as a ‘plug-and-play’ control unit for the RF1000 and RF2000, plus many other compatible 3D printers from leading brands such as MakerBot. The Printbox can be operated either through a local network or via the free-to-use ‘Astroprint cloud’, which permits a smartphone, tablet or PC to be connected to the device through the internet. As well as providing control and management functions for the printer, the Printbox further provides storage for 3D modelling data and high resolution images. A webcam, available as an optional extra, allows for constant monitoring of pressure while the device is operational.

Conrad Conrad expects this printer to appeal to its core professional and business customers as well as hobbyists seeking industry grade equipment for their projects.

Conrad Electronic; www.conrad.com