Stratasys' Mojo 3D Print Pack, priced at $9,900, is packaged as a system providing everything needed to produce models, from the printer to the material, and a support removal system. The Mojo uses Stratasys' patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology, and the firm is offering a leasing option, with payments as low as $185 a month, to get engineering shops on board.
In a video announcing the product (at the bottom of this post), Jon Cobb, Stratasys' global marketing vice president, said the "magic" of the Mojo is that, despite the low price point, it delivers genuine FDM technology, enabling teams or individuals to produce durable ABS models in a cube of up to five inches to test for form, fit, and function.
The Mojo 3D Print Pack is Stratasys' first sub-$10,000 desktop, professional-grade 3D printer. (Source: Stratasys)
The message here is that the Mojo isn't intended for the consumer and hobbyist market, which has gotten a lot of attention as of late from 3D printer players. Rather, this printer aims to appeal to the untapped universe of hardcore CAD and engineering users. As such, the printer's fast-build capabilities and its capacity to print in fine detail with a layer thickness of 0.007 inches (0.178mm) are targeted at professional applications for concept prototyping, design collaboration, and even some rapid production of functional parts.
At 25 inches wide and 21 inches deep, the Mojo is about the size of a standard office multifunction printer. Its design, including easy-to-replace print cartridges, mimics that of a typical office printer in many ways, according to Cobb.
The QuickPack print engine is where the unit differs from Stratasys' other lower-priced offerings. The technology, a variation of traditional FDM material extrusion, integrates both the ABS material spool and the print head into a single package, so a fresh print head is part of each material change. This is meant to reduce potential problems. Other features designed to simplify the experience include the addition of Print Wizard, Mojo's preprocessing software for preparing models and managing workflow, and WaveWash 55, a self-contained, hands-free cleaning system that removes support material and requires no plumbing.
This product is just another indication that 3D Printing is ready to move into the mainstream of modeling and prototyping. Many 3D printers are built from kints by enthusiasts and hobbyists, but for the person who wants a machine that can work right out of the box for inkjetsuperstore hp printheads.
I was on a site earlier checking out this machine. They offered to send a sample part to show it's capabilities.. so I requested one. Hopefully it comes with some more information such as the price for the print cartridges.
Yes Charles - In universities something like this can be shared across a whole range of disciplines and experience levels from freshman design projects to post-graduate research. It seems a bit overkill for high-schools to have this. What is really being gained at that level? It's better to have a broader range of learning rather than what amounts to a high cost (but still cool) toy at that level.
That's a sensible approach, Beth. By putting these into universities, they'll also discovers lots of new applications for this technology. It might happen years after the students graduate, but it will happen.
It's good to know that some school districts can afford to buy such equipment for its students. $35 is a huge amount for my local school districts, which ask parents to buy basic school supplies and no longer have art or music programs. I'm also curious--was this a grant of some kind?
I think an increasing number do and I'm sure the 3D printer companies will (or should) up that ante. In the CAD world, most of the major players do a lot of work donating software licenses to universities (or making attractive student-license versions). Beyond being altrustic, the idea is to get their tools in the hands of students who then go into the workforce and climb the engineering management ladder, all still having a preference for their tool of choice that they mastered in school. 3D printer companies would be well served whetting the appetites of students early so that they when they go into the workforce, they demand the technology, or at least serve as champions for it.
Wow, I'm impressed that your school district had $35K to spend on a 3D printer. Is that part of some type of STEM grant or was that a relatively easy sell to the school board administration? I think these printers should become staples at every school. The applications for student learning are just infinite.
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