Prusa has made everyone wait for a long time before launching its long-awaited Original Prusa SL1. This printer has some statements to make in the resin world of printing. With quality, Prusa is a class apart from other printers.
Features and Specs of The Original Prusa SL1
- Design and Technology
The Original Prusa SL1 is a Masked Stereolithography Apparatus (MSLA) 3D printer. Although the MSLA printers use UV light to cure the prints, the Original Prusa SL1 does this function by the LCD screen. This LCD screen displays a mask in the shape of a single layer, and then progressively changes. The UV Led panel channels the light through the mask into the resin tank’s transparent bottom. The light cures the resin, which is of a photosensitive material. Once a layer is done, the bed moves slightly to make room for the next layer.
- Print Time
The Original Prusa SL1’s MSLA system has a better print time than other SLA printers. This happens since the MSLA effectively cures an entire layer at a time as opposed to the point-to-point curing by the SLA printer. As a result, the print speed is much higher, and the print quality is also better.
- LCD and Print Resolution
The Original Prusa SL1 uses a 5.5-inch 2K LCD screen. As a result, the printer offers a print resolution of 47-microns. Besides, the recommended layer height on the Z-axis is that of 0.025 mm to .1 mm. As a result, you can get extremely high-resolution prints with the printer.
- Resin Tank
The resin tank of the printer is removable and used a transparent film as its bottom. After each layer is printed, the motor gently tilts, which helps in separating the print from the film. Moreover, the tilting ensures that the resin is continuously stirred. As a result, the surface finish is improved, and so is the overall quality of the print.
- Fumes Management
The Original Prusa SL1 manages the fumes of the print very well. The high-quality carbon filter at the back ensures that the fumes are minimized and do not escape into the environment. You can also further, channel the outlet of the fan and route these fumes out of the room.
- Build Volume
The build volume of the printer is 120 mm x 68 mm x 150 mm. This is a very similar print size as compared to other printers of the category.
- User Interface
Perhaps the most excellent feature of the Original Prusa SL1 is the ease with which you can operate this printer. The touchscreen function makes it extremely easy for the users to interact with the printer and complete the print jobs.
The printer features the self-developed PrusaSlicer 2 to accommodate/ with the printing function. This software is a treat to use and makes 3D printing extremely easy.
The Original Prusa SL1 is available at £1888 at the Prusa Shop. This offer includes a bundle of the Printer, Curing and Washing machines. You can check out the other offers on the official website of the Prusa3d printers.
Summing up, the SL1 has been designed for professionals and the ones who look for high quality in their prints. Whereas on the downside the print size is very small for the price that is being offered, support loses adhesion to bed at fringes, bed raising is not possible mid-print and the Slicer time might get a bit out of sync with the print. However, the print quality makes up for all the downsides of the printer.
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