The team at Type A Machines is planning for the future of 3D printing and they're focused on making sure early adopters of their technology are rewarded by keeping them ahead of the curve.
"We're trying to ensure that our 3D printers are future-proof – as much as any machine can be," says Espen Sivertsen, CEO of Type A Machines.
The company is accepting pre-orders for their latest product innovation, the Next Generation Series 1 3D Printer.
This latest iteration of their line features a streamlined aluminum and acrylic body, ethernet (network) connectivity, a glass build surface and updated electronics to push the envelope in desktop 3D printing by hooking its class leading, one cubic foot build volume to an improved and easy to level bed system.
In keeping with the open core design of its predecessor – and further improving its reliability – the newest member of the line improves upon the previous version's mean time between failure of 1000 hours during expert use (8000 hours not counting nozzle clogs, which are preventable through simple maintenance procedures).
"We've had to reinvent a lot of industry practice," said Siverstein. "As early adopters ourselves, we hate being punished for getting ahead with a new technology. We wish to reward our early adopters, and we've implemented a modular cabling system – with space for additional technologies – that we don't even know exist yet."
This modular platform design means users can implement in-the-field upgrades like embedded WiFi connectivity, a heated glass bed, and an improved extruder with multi-material support.
The Type A Machine's Accessible Source policy means the Next Generation Series 1 lets users shape their platform and create a customized design tool to fit changing design needs.
"We were unable to find any existing product warranty that encourages the user to modify, develop or explore their 3D printer," Sivertsen said. "Most warranties are voided the moment the User opens the casing, which limits the customers' experience and reduces the community R&D feedback, so we decided to rewrite our warranty from scratch."
Siverstein says he wants users to explore, modify and develop their 3D printer, and to do it without fear of voiding the product warranty.
"We'll give them tech support no matter what," Siverstein says. "It's our hope that our practice will evolve into an industry standard."
As for getting one on your desktop, The Next Generation Series 1 3D Printer has a lead time of around eight weeks and it's priced at $2,295.
You can get yours by visiting www.typeamachines.com/products.