We’re excited today to announce that our magnetic encoder modules are finally ready to go!
We’ve been working on these since late last year, and though it took longer than we expected we’re happy to finally be able to offer an easy and powerful solution for bringing closed-loop control to 3D printing.
We’ve been wanting to have our own control boards for a while now – we’re often asked for recommendations on control boards, and we’ve wanted to have our own option to put forward – an option where we control the quality, where we control the components used, and where we set the specification – because, really, that’s the only way we can know what we’re recommending.
We’ve now been shipping Mark2 kits for two months. It’s been fun seeing our kits released out into the wild, and we really appreciate everyone who has given our printers a try – thank you! We’ve made a few changes, and would like to explain why.
We’ve been working for the better part of a year now to bring about the next iteration of our 3D printer kits. We’ve tried and tested a lot of ideas along the way – some successfully, some not – and now we’re finally ready to unveil the finished product.
Exciting news – today is the official launch of E3D’s latest hotend – the E3D-Lite6!
The Lite6 is designed as a more cost-effective counterpart to the E3D-V6. The Lite6 is an excellent entry-level hotend for those who are trying to stick to a budget, but still want the best bang-for-buck. Built to the same high quality standards as E3D’s other hotends, the Lite6 is a solidly-built hotend at a very tempting price-point.
We’ve spent a long time searching for the perfect hotend to carry – there are so many different options out there, it can get confusing pretty fast. What’s worse is that there are plenty of generic knock-offs that don’t perform as advertised. We want to offer a premium product, and after trying everything we could get our hands on, we were blown away by the quality – both print and construction – of E3D’s V6 hotend.
We’ve been in talks with E3D, and are now one of the first Australian distributors to be E3D Genuine certified!
For now we’re carrying the E3D-V6 hotend and related accessories – but we expect to branch out into E3D’s other exciting offerings pretty soon (Kraken, anyone?).
You may have noticed that we’ve been getting in more and more Adafruit products over the past few weeks. We’d like to take this opportunity to announce that we are now officially an Australian distributor for Adafruit products.
You might be asking – “you’re a 3D printer shop – why sell general electronics products?” – and that’s a fair question. We feel Adafruit are a key exemplar of the “maker” mentality, and that their products represent this. Basically, we feel that a lot of their stuff goes hand-in-hand with 3D printing, and we want to make those products easily available within Australia.
A good example are the different WS2812 RGB LED products Adafruit produce – or “Neopixels”. These LEDs are easy to setup and control, fun to work with – and easy to embed in anything you can print. They sparkle, shimmer, fade, pulse – whatever you want, in any colour you want. And besides – everything’s better with LEDs! Here’s an awesome example:
If you have a suggestion for an Adafruit product you think we should stock – let us know! Printed something cool that uses an Adafruit product? Post a comment, we’d love to see it!