Type A Machines reveals a 3D printer that’s meant to be hacked

Type A Machines Series 1 Pro 3D printer

Type A Machines wants its printers to last — not just in form, but also in function. But at the crazy speed 3D printers are evolving, it’s a matter of months before a new printer becomes outdated.

The Next Generation Series 1 printer Type A Machines revealed today is meant to combat that trend with modular parts that are easy to swap out for ones that take advantage of the latest innovations.

Type A Machines Series 1 3D printer

“The tech curve is just insane right now,” CEO Espen Sivertsen said to me in August. “Every week there is something new out. Six months from now, the tech’s going to look totally different. But all you have to do is [take out] two screws and then you can attach a [new] print head. We guarantee our customers they will always be able to hack and modify.”

To protect buyers’ ability to tinker with the printer, the team wrote a completely new product warranty that guarantees tech support, no matter what modifications have been made.

Type A Machines founder and CTO Andrew Rutter poses in their office with a Series 1 Pro 3D printer prototype. Photo by Signe Brewster

Type A Machines founder and CTO Andrew Rutter poses in their office with a Series 1 Pro 3D printer prototype. Photo by Signe Brewster

“It is our hope that our practice will evolve into an industry standard,” Sivertsen said in a release.

The printer builds on Type A Machines’ original printer, the Series 1, with a larger volume, which allows the user to print objects up to a foot across. The frame is also now made of aluminum and glass instead of wood.

The printer is now available for pre-order, with a wait time of about 8 weeks. It costs $2,295.

In the near future, Type A Machines plans to release another version of the printer called the Series 1 Pro. It will include Wi-Fi connectivity, a heated print bed and two print heads. Users who buy a Next Generation Series 1 printer will be able to add the upgraded features to their printer at a discounted price.

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