RS Components expands 3D printer range to broaden customer accessibility

Introduction of 3D Systems’ 3D printers, 3D scanners, and cartridges, sets RS among the foremost distributors of 3D printing products globally.

May 9, 2014

Introduction of 3D Systems’ 3D printers, 3D scanners, and cartridges, sets RS among the foremost distributors of 3D printing products globally.

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has introduced an array of 3D printers and print technologies to its product offering, placing the company among the top distribution stockists of multi-range 3D printing products worldwide.

The new introductions are from 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers and print materials designed for professional, educational, and personal use. These products augment the existing 3D print offering from RS, which was the first channel supplier to stock the low-cost self-replicating Ormerod 3D printing kit, developed by RepRapPro.

The 3D Systems products now carried by RS include a range of 3D printers, 3D scanners and cartridges:

Second generation Cube® – a simple plug-and-play printer offering 3D printing capability with fast print speed and high accuracy for printed parts up to 5.5” cubed. Cube prints in two materials, compostable PLA and recyclable ABS plastics, available in a variety of colours. It offers a choice of print mode fill density: light, medium and solid in both PLA and ABS plastics with optional easy, peel away supports for the most complex prints. Certified to IEC 60950 for safe-at-home use, Cube uses a smart cartridge system that detects material type automatically based on the cartridge, so no adjustment of the print settings is required. RS is stocking PLA cartridges for Cube in a range of nine colours.

CubeX® – a desktop 3D printer, offering the largest print volume in its category and mono, dual or triple-colour printing. CubeX provides professional printability with 1,070 cubic inches of space, or 10.8” x 10.45” x 9.5”. There are several options for print modes, including a choice of accuracy: High Definition (125 Micron), Crisp Definition (250 Micron) or Standard Definition (500 Micron), and a choice of print fill density: light, medium or solid. CubeX prints in both PLA and ABS plastics, and is available in multiple colour options: the basic CubeX single colour: CubeX Duo, offering dual colour and materials; and CubeX Trio, the top-of-the range triple colour, multi-material option. Like all 3D Systems printers, CubeX uses the smart MoistureLock cartridge system. Ten CubeX PLA cartridge colour options are available to purchase from RS.

Sense™ – the first 3D scanner designed for the consumer and optimized for 3D printing. Sense is handheld, and delivers precise instant physical photography, processing data in seconds for an instantly 3D printable file. It comes with an intuitive user interface with easy and automated zoom, track, focus, crop, enhance and share tools. Sense can scan objects ranging from 20mm³ to 3m³, making it possible to capture people, objects and places on the go.

“By bringing the 3D Systems products into our 3D printing portfolio we are catering for a broader cross-section of users, spanning the consumer and professional sectors,” said Ben Lawton, Global Head of Tools and Consumables, RS Components. “Our aim is to provide customers from all walks of life with a complete, accessible 3D technology package, which combines our free, intuitive, DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design software, enabling engineers and enthusiasts anywhere to create 3D designs from scratch, and to see their work physically come off the 3D printer in as little as a few minutes.”