For centuries Italy has been on the pioneering end of architecture, design, and innovation, a prime example that withstood the test of time is no other then the Roman Colosseum. The Colosseum was opened to the public in 80 A.D. and was built for the purpose of holding the 100 days games, which held such events such as animal, gladiator fights, and much more. Fast forward to today, millions of tourists still visit the Colosseum to marvel in its presence.
Italy’s latest contribution to the world, Sharebot, a 3D printer company pioneering various 3D printing technologies such as fused filament fabrication (FFF) and countless other 3D printer technologies. Sharebot was established towards the end of 2011, initially the companies goal was to produce do it yourself kits (DIY) to the public, later on after successfully marketing their 3D printer kits they moved on from the laser cut wood frame 3D printers to the much more stable and sturdy metal chassis design. Sharebots success at Rome’s Maker Faire was due to the companies unveiling of the Sharebot New Generation (NG) 3D printer, one of the most sold consumer 3D printer in Italy.
Sharebot NG is a sleek, rugged, and robust 3D printer, built with professionals in mind. The NG is a single extruder 3D printer, with the option to add on an additional extruder for dual color filament designs. Upon ordering a Sharebot NG, buyers have a choice of picking their NG color in either black (nera) or white (bianca). Sharebot hosts a 3D printing academy, located at their facility in Nibionno, Italy, teaching beginners how 3D printers work; experienced makers can take Sharebots advanced course to learn how to yield complex and distinctive 3D prints.
Sharebot NG is a 14 KG (30.8647 lbs.), stainless steel chassis 3D printer. NGs dimensions are 450 mm (17.6165 inches), 450 mm (17.6165 inches), 410 mm (16.1417 inches); with a print envelope of 250 mm (9.84252 inches), 200 mm (7.87402 inches), 200 mm (7.87402 inches) for the single head extruder model and 180 mm (7.08661 inches), 200 mm (7.87402 inches), and 200 mm (7.87402 inches) for the duel extruder model. The nozzle of the NG measures to 0.35 mm with a minimum layer thickness of 0.05 mm. The Sharebot NG has an integrated adjustable heat plate and a built in LCD monitor for easy control. The various 1.75 mm filaments that the NG can utilize are: ABS, ABS plus, PLA, Nylon, Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), polystyrene, cristal flex, PLA brick, PLA flex, PLA thermosense, and PET. With precision in mind, the NGs extruder has a pressure adjuster on filament; along with recirculating ball bering on all axes, and a trapezoidal screw for z axis movement. A micro USB was added for firmware updates; NG is capable of printing straight from an SD card. Sharebot NG uses Slic3r 1.1.7 windows 64bit setup (beta version) for rendering.
Sharebot NG is a fast, versatile, and reliable 3D printer that can bring any print to life. It has a decent list of filament’s you can pick and print with and comes with the option for dual extrusion. For those who are looking to get into 3D printing the NG will bring any user, beginner to advanced a great experience and usher in limitless 3D printing constructs and fabrications. Sharebot NG will assist building a new era of architectural design, which will be spectated by the world to see and future generations to come, similar to how the Roman Colosseum is viewed today.