Today, Snapmaker, a manufacturer specializing in multifunction machines, announces its latest generation Artisan 3-in-1 3D printer. Providing 300C dual-extrusion 3D printing module, 10W laser engraving/cutting module and 200W CNC carving/cutting module, you can switch between functions in just one minute, and there is an area working area of 400 x 400 x 400 mm for all functions. Sound intriguing? It’s available for pre-order, and you can head below to find out more.
Snapmaker 3-in-1 Artisan does it all
If you have a compact workspace, trying to set up a CNC, laser engraver/cutter, and 3D printer can seem a bit daunting. However, that’s where the Snapmaker 3-in-1 Artisan comes in to play. It does all of those things in a compact workspace, offering solid functionality all around.
For starters, it has a 300C dual-extrusion 3D print head. This means you can load two different filaments to print at the same time. On top of that, the hotends are hot-swappable and easy to change, so you can swap them out easily if that’s something you need to do. One really neat thing about the dual extrusion nozzle is that it supports PVA, HIPS, and other soluble materials. This means you can use one nozzle to print these supports and the other to make normal filament, which means your supports will melt when you’re done. There’s also auto-leveling, zone heated bed and more for 3D printing.
Moving on to laser engraving, there’s a 10W module here that enables “faster, deeper cutting on more materials”. For engraving, Snapmaker says the Artisan 3-in-1 can run at up to 6,000mm/minute while cutting 1.5mm basswood at 600mm/minute and going full depth through paulownia, at 8mm/minute. The laser module also features autofocus so you don’t have to worry about adjusting (or forgetting to adjust) before engraving or cutting.
Continuing, the Snapmaker 3-in-1 Artisan closes things off with a 200W CNC module. It features an ER11 collet and allows you to use a wide variety of bits for carving or cutting. The spindle spins at a maximum speed of 18,000 rpm and you can cut at 3,000 mm/minute with a depth of cut of 2 mm in beech.
All this happens on the same machine, beware. Modules can be swapped out in about a minute, and Snapmaker even includes an enclosure that “reduces laser hazard from Class 4 to Class 1.” On top of that, the laser or CNC work will stop when the door is opened for safety, and it even helps keep your space cleaner during dusty jobs.
The Snapmaker 3-in-1 Artisan 3D printer/CNC/laser engraver will be available in December 2022, with pre-orders open now at $2,799.
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While almost $3,000 might seem like a lot, it’s not much more than buying a standalone CNC with that much cutting space. For comparison, a standard-sized Shapeoko 4 has a cutting area of around 444mm x 444mm x 102mm and costs $2,400, but without the ability to 3D print or laser engrave. And opting for Carbide 3D’s Nomad 3, which is closed like the Snapmaker 3-in-1 Artisan, only has a 203x203x77 area that it can mill for $2,800. So the Snapmaker 3-in-1 Artisan is quite the value when compared to other offerings on the market, especially because it does CNC, dual-extrusion 3D printing, and laser engraving in one machine.
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