New 3D printer targets diverse applications including rapid prototyping and education

14-05-2018 | RS Components | Subs & Systems

RS Components has launched its new easy-to-use 3D printer: the RS Pro iTX. The additive-manufacturing machine is aimed at a broad range of users in manufacturing and many other commercial and business applications. It is also ideal for educational purposes and at home for anyone who wishes to create and produce things quickly and at low cost. The combination of precision, power, speed, efficiency and multitude of features make the printer one of the best in its class. Along with all RS Pro 3D printers that leave the factory fully constructed, the device is made in Britain and is ready to use straight out of the box. A key element of the machine is its upgradability. The high-quality machined parts and circuit boards are designed to be easy to replace and upgrade in a matter of minutes. All of the company's 3D printers are open-source designed, meaning they can easily be customised by advanced users and enthusiasts alike. In particular, the iTX’s RS Pro VariBLOCK head unit offers future-proofing, as it is easily interchangeable and upgradable to other extruder head systems, enabling the machine to use multiple other materials as they become available. Also, all serviceable parts which include the printer’s hot-end and filament extruder can be easily maintained. The machine uses the FFF 3D printing process and comes with a fully heated build plate, handling temperatures in the 50C to 100C range. The printer also features a metal-gearbox-controlled filament extruder system to deliver maximum power and reliability. The extruder is designed for 1.75mm filaments and is capable of printing a wide range of materials including ABS, PLA and PETG.