Arduino Leaks a Peek of Their Upcoming 3D Printer

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Arduino Leaks a Peek of Their Upcoming 3D Printer

Arduino, known for creating an easy-to-use microcontroller revolution, is about to launch its own 3D printer.

The Arduino Materia 101 made its global debut earlier today on the official Arduino twitter account with a photo of a boxy white and teal FDM printer and a note that Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi is showing the printer live on Italian TV. It also states that the printer will be presented next weekend at Maker Faire Rome.

In the image, the printer appears to have an LCD screen, a control knob, and a switch on the front plate. A filament spool holder with a matching color scheme sits attached to the right side. The mechanical bits are obscured, so details about its extruder or print bed size aren’t clear, but we’ll be looking forward to learning more shortly.

The machine is the biggest piece of hardware that Arduino has yet to launch. It’s an interesting move for the company, but not an entirely disconnected element, as many of the printer developments in the 3D community have used Arduino boards for control. Moreover, it further indicates how bigger companies are starting to embrace and release 3D printers — just last week, traditional power-tool manufacturer Dremel launched their own, the 3D Idea Builder at MakerCon.

Any further information about this printer? Please leave a note in the comments below. We’ll update as we learn more as well.

UPDATE: the Italian 3D printing site reports that the printer is a collaboration between Arduino and Italian 3D printer maker Sharebot, showing one additional angle of the machine.


UPDATE: From the Sharebot site, it looks like the Arduino Materia 101 has many similar features to the Sharebot Kiwi 3D. If this is indeed a rebadged machine, expect something with a 140mm x 100mm x 100mm print capacity (5.5in x 3.9in x 3.9in), that prints with 1.75mm PLA filament. While those prints are not particularly large, the overall size of the Kiwi machine is also diminutive at 310mm x 350mm x 330mm (12.2in x 13.77in x 13in). It also has print-from-SD card capabilities. We’ll continue to check if these indeed share the same specs. The Kiwi 3D starts at 696€ (~$882).

0 thoughts on “Arduino Leaks a Peek of Their Upcoming 3D Printer

  1. HandyGeek says:

    Anyone have a ballpark guess at the retail price?

  2. cvbruce says:

    I would like to see a 3D printer that can take two feeds, one that is non-conductive, and one that is conductive, so that it can print multi-layer printed circuit boards.

  3. Mark L Evans says:

    Now I am conflicted, two companies that I like and trust coming out with 3d printers at the same time! Maybe a side by side from Make?

  4. John Borden says:

    Looks sexy, but I’m concerned that it won’t offer too much to the table. I’m not going to make a purchase out of brand recognition alone.

  5. Avatar1337 says:

    Well if arduino makes its own hardware so it should be really cheap.

  6. Michael Albers says:

    Seems like a lot of the companies are taking a look at Makerbot and replicating similiar machines with no new technology. If one looks around, there are already many machines out there that do more (abs and nylon printing due to heated bed) and do it larger (larger bed) and faster (dual extruders). The biggest hurdle for the technology seems to be calibration issues and software issues. If one of these companies came out with software for someone to go ‘just print this fork’ and the fork were to come out perfectly every time with no cleanup (taking off support, cleaning edges, clean bridging), then the technology would be consumer ready. Until then, 3D printing will remain stuck in hobbyist purgatory.

  7. Francisco Caviedes says:

    Please, keep me posted :)

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Mike Senese

Mike Senese is a content producer with a focus on technology, science, and engineering. He served as Executive Editor of Make: magazine for nearly a decade, and previously was a senior editor at Wired. Mike has also starred in engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It.

An avid maker, Mike spends his spare time tinkering with electronics, fixing cars, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza. You might spot him at his local skatepark in the SF Bay Area.

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