It's a high performance controller board designed to support both single and dual extruder FDM printers, digital displays and Wi-Fi communications through the use of an ARM Coretex M3 CPU capable of supporting real-time, multi-tasking operations.
Configured with six motor drivers, the board can handle the necessary computing power to operate sufficient stepper motors to control two extruders, and it's designed for easy installation and support of future digital display and Wi-Fi options.
The board itself is compact at only 4 inches by 6-1/2 inches long by 3/4 inches high and it uses ribbon cable connectors for easy electrical installation.
Capable of running on either 12 volt or 24 volt power, the components and circuits of the Fabricatus are properly grounded to prevent frying the board in case of component failure. The device also supports open source firmware and it's based on an open source hardware design to run open source "Smoothie" firmware.
The company plans to offer an enhanced firmware suite running on a custom RTOS designed to support more complex operations. Pricing and Availability: List Price is $299.00. Advanced Purchase Price of $249.00 available through 10 September. Volume pricing is available upon request. First production units available October 2014.
Avante Technology, LLC develops, markets and licenses advanced 3D printing products and technology for the 3D printing industry. The company's commercial applications supply advanced desktop printer designs, printer accessories, printing preparation and printing management software.
Avante also offers a proprietary line of engineering grade composite materials for use in FDM printers and licenses, customizes and supports OEM printer manufacturers and commercial end user organizations.