German RepRap x500 is an industrial FFF 3D printer based on the RepRap open-source philosophy. It is a robust device with an enclosed steel case. Its great stability makes for high precision 3D printing. Entirely made in Germany, it is equipped with a set of industrial features. It comes with a heated build chamber, a redesigned high-temperature dual-extruder module and a large volume of 500 x 400 x 450 mm. A powerful cooling system grants stable performance even at high printing temperatures. The open-platform makes it compatible with any type of 1.75mm filament.
The x500 is engineered with a convenient auto bed leveling system, which automatically calibrates the build plate before each print. A filament detection system constantly tracks the material feeding to prevent nozzle clogging and filament jamming. These thoughtful features enable unattended continuous 3D printing. A user-friendly, intuitive touchscreen streamlines the entire printing process.
This performance yet durable industrial machine is supported by reliable and professional customer service. The company provides on-site assistance in case of any need. Also, it offers free training and an optional maintenance contract.
German RepRap X500 is widely used for the production of durable parts and functional components for industrial applications. Continue reading for a complete review.
BMW has been using the German RepRap x500 3D printer for rapid prototyping and design testing. For example, it has been used to 3D print and test these metal roof brackets.
The German RepRap x500 is a professional FFF 3D printer that can print layers at 20 microns with 0,05mm repeatability. It delivers accurate parts with clean surfaces and a good amount of details. It can print as fast as 150 mm/s.
The German RepRap x500 comes with two 0.4mm nozzles, providing the best balance between speed and detail. It also supports additional nozzles of 0.25, 0,3, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8. By swapping to a larger nozzle you can significantly increase the print speed. Otherwise, by installing a thinner one, you will dramatically improve the level of detail achievable.
The print head runs on rods with linear bearings, making the design more simple, lightweight and effective, all characteristics that are desirable in a 3D printer.
German RepRap x500 prints with PPLA, ABS, HIPS, PC, DuPont ZYTEL, ASA, CARBON 20, PVA, PET-G TPU, PEI, BVOH, PEKK, and other materials. A precision measuring system enables a variable contact pressure for successfully printing with both brittle and soft filaments.
The printer is equipped with Direct Drive DD4 dual extruders with all-metal hotends. The hotends heat up to 400°C.
The high-temperature hotends along with the heated chamber (80°C) and the heated build plate make the x500 compatible with a variety of difficult-to-print filaments.
The effective thermal design reduces the risk of warping and shrinking making for reliable and consistent print results.
The German RepRap x500 is equipped with an open-material system. This means it can print with all types of 1.75mm filaments. You can pick the consumable you want from any vendor and start printing with no limitation.
The build area is 19.7 x 15.7 x 17.7 in (500 x 400 x 450 mm). It lets you print large industrial parts in one go without splitting the model. Also, it allows for multiple batch printing.
The printer comes with a built-in 7-inch touchscreen, which enables standalone operation. With an intuitive icon-based interface, it lets you easily control the printing settings as well as edit them on-the-fly.
You can comfortably transfer your files via USB, Ethernet, or over Wi-Fi. Remote monitoring via webcam is also possible.
The printer works with the Simplify3D slicer software. This cross-platform software runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux systems. It gives you full control over the print settings. Also, it includes a preview-mode to constantly check your build sequence.
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German RepRap x500 is available in a dark and light gray color combo with a transparent door. Its stylish look makes it ideal for industrial applications and small-scale production.
The printer dimensions are 44 x 33.5 x 37.6 inches (1,120 x 850 x 955 mm). It weighs approximately 408 lb (185 kg). The spool holders are mounted on the back of the device.
The price of the German RepRap x500 is $41,999.00, which is reasonable considering its functionality and printing accuracy.