3D Meta Printers by Proto-Plastik
Our Club model is an entry level printer. Perfect for generating great prints on a budget.
Also can be used as a 'head unit' with centralized power to multiple units.
The same specifications of the Club printer with added benefits including
The same specifications of the Maker with additional features including
Turnkey, auto bed leveling, dual axis production machine
The QUBD TwoUp can be upgraded to any of the A5 printers. Kits include all printed parts and screws needed for assembly.
It is also possible to upgrade OneUp and ThreeUp printers as well. Please contact us for more info.
What is a Meta Printer?
In support of develping the concept of Micromanufacturing, we have designed the A5 line of printers. By creating printers that print other printers, we have the ability to scale up our production capabilities to match growth in our business. With over 80% of the components on the printer being themselves printed, there are a number of advantages.
The designation 'A5' refers to the X-Y dimensions being roughly the same as an A5 sheet of paper.
Our printers use the same component footprint as the popular QUBD TwoUp printer with improved engineering to provide a 40% increase in volume. As a result, owners of the QUBD TwoUp can purchase an A5 kit that contains all the printed parts needed to build a Proto-Plastik Meta Printer. You'll get the added advantage of an increase of 40% build volume!
While there are many printers out there with dual z-axis supports. We have found with the right amount of ingenuity, the same quality and consistency can be obtained with a single z-axis. This makes things like wiring up the controller board and bed tramming (leveling) a snap. The anti-sag belt, inspired by several others who were searching for ways to eliminate sag on the QUBD printers, ensures that the x-axis maintains orientation throughout the entire print run.
All Proto-Plastik A5 Meta Printers include:
Designing the printers to be manufactured from printed parts isn't just a novelty. 99% of the printers on the market today require large-volume manufacturing including injection molded parts, aluminum machined parts, routed or laser cut parts, or stamped metal parts. Many of those companies claim that their printers are 'open source'. They provide digital files of all the parts, but unless you have a fully stocked machine shop, it's unlikely you'll be able to actually make any of those parts.
From the time you get your first printer built, you will be able to start right away with building another printer. It takes about 4 days to print out all the parts for a second Club model printer. Or you can begin right away at printing the parts needed to upgrade to the Maker or Professional. We can also provide all the hardware needed to build your second printer.
If you are interested in purchasing a kit or complete printer, we have many options available and our price list is coming soon. In the meantime, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org