The Bean 3D Printer is a Consumer Resin 3D Printer that uses SLA technology to product higher quality 3D prints than your average desktop 3D printer for about the same price.
You see, most consumer 3D printers (i.e. ones people like you and I can afford) use FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) to create objects. FDM is a fancy way of saying that they melt plastic and squirt it out to make objects layer by layer.
SLA (Stereolithography) uses resin and light to harden the resin more precisely. The objects are made “upside down” and lift out of the resin pool as they’re built. This means you don’t have all of the extra support material like with most 3D printers. Anyone who has dealt with support material knows it’s a pain in the ass. This is so much better.
The bean is capable of making objects with a resolution of just 50 x 50 microns with a layer thickness of just 10 microns. If you’ve played with 3D printing, you know this is really good.
The Bean is compact and stylish. The green cover was designed to make it easier to be blended into an everyday environment. In line with the theme “green,” the Bean’s light source is made from LEDs, resulting in lower energy consumption and longer lifetime.
The unit measures 8 x 8 x 16 inches (20 cm x 20 cm x 40 cm) and weighs 15 pounds (6.67 Kg). As a result, the Bean fits well in any office, studio, or workshop environment.
Sounds awesome, right. Well, there is a bit of bad news. You can’t have one jet. It’s still on Kickstarter.
While the project is already way past funded with more than a month to go, there’s some development that still needs done. Specifically, with the control software. As a result, the first units aren’t expected to ship until February of 2018.
Bean 3D Printer – Consumer Resin 3D Printer: Product Details
- Dimensions: 8 in x 8 in x 16 in (20 cm x 20 cm x 40 cm)
- Weight: 15 Pounds (6.67 kg).
- Technology: SLA (Stereolithography).
- Light Source: LED
- Resin is available in multiple colors.
- Can be monitored by tablets and phones via a web interface.