Honk Kong based Orbi Lab kickstarted an innovative new 3D printer today, the Milkshake3D.
Their new system works with a top down printing approach utilising a UV-sensitive resin pool. The printer emits light from a projector through the pool of resin which solidifies a single layer (DLP technology). The device drops the solidified layer deeper under the pool to make way for the next one. Then an in-built wiper passes over each successive layer. This is done to maintain a smooth surface and refill resin for the printing area. The process continues layer-by-layer, till the object is fully printed combining SLA and DLP technology.
Milkshake3D aims itself at more artistic fields as opposed to industrial purposes. A cursory glance shows the staggering level of detail in each object. This makes it ideal for jewellery, figurines and other high detail endeavours. Additionally, the machine’s mix of SLA and DLP projection allows for smooth objects.
What Makes the Milkshake3D Stand Out?
Orbi Lab promises the largest SLA platform available yet. This can potentially allow for more complex and larger prints. It also uses a top down approach due to DLP projection from the top. This allows the printer to slice whole layers at a time. As a result, this method allows the printer to operate swifter than ever.
Additionally, the company is releasing a high-speed app to go along with the printer. We reached out to Orbi about the app and what makes it stand out. Their representative’s response was:
“Our app’s slicing time is 3X faster than Creation Workshop, a common 3d slicing software for DLP printers, in reference to a 3d model with 412MB file size and slice setting as Z thickness 0.05mm, resulting in 3171 print layers.”
Milkshake3D also promises a range of internet options. This means web base control, anyone in your studio could upload models, control and access print status using pc/mobile devices on all os platform, no software to install, no workstation needed to bundle with.
The printers use FunToDo resin. Eventually, there will be an exclusive Milkshake3D color on Kickstarter, estimated price is 60 Euros per KG.
About Orbi Lab Limited
Hong Kong based company(Orbi Lab Limited). Formed by a group of artists and engineers passionate and with years of experience in creatives, productions, electronic development. Orbi Lab’s aim is to create new and innovative tools for creative industries like the arts. It’s for this reason that they built the printer with the user and artist perspective in mind.