Solidoodle is known for its sturdy metal 3D printers, which are so strong CEO Sam Cervantes once stood on one. It’s also known for its maker-friendly designs; users can tweak and modify the printers to suit their own desires.
But on Tuesday, Solidoodle released its very first 3D printer that isn’t made of metal and isn’t aimed at makers. The new plastic-framed Solidoodle Press is meant to be easy enough for anyone to use; a common claim in the 3D printer space these days as companies look to capture a bigger market.
“The Solidoodle (Press) is the sum total of all the improvements we’ve made from the 10,000 units (Solidoodle has sold). It’s really exiting to be able to do this,” Cervantes said in an interview. “Up until now 3D printers have been complicated. They’ve required a lot of calibration and tinkering. We really saw a need in the market for an easier to use consumer 3D printer.”
Solidoodle also debuted two new maker-oriented printers: the Workbench Apprentice (pictured above) and Workbench. They feature Solidoodle’s traditional tough metal frame, plus a big first for the company: two extruders, which will allow the machines to print in multiple materials and colors.
The Press is selling for $349 for a limited time before increasing to a full price of $599. The Workbench Apprentice and Workbench will cost $799 and $1,299, respectively. The Press and Workbench have a heated print bed, which helps prevent printed items from warping. The Workbench Apprentice will have the smallest build volume at 6 x 6 x 8 inches, followed by the Press at 8 x 8 x 8 inches and the Workbench at 12 x 12 x 12 inches.
While it’s exciting to see a first consumer printer out of Solidoodle that has such an interesting design, it’s more exciting to see a dual-extruder printer for under $1,000. As it always has, Solidoodle will continue to help drive the cost of what were once advanced features down.
“It’s hard to believe in three years (since Solidoodle was founded) we are already on our fifth generation,” Cervantes said. “I see big things in the future for 3D printing. Big markets. We’re just super excited about this launch.”