Make perfect prototypes every time with the T-1000 3D printer

3D printing is more accessible than ever, but many printers are still quite fiddly to use. The new T-1000 from G3D makes things easier, with a self-leveling vat and a web-based control system.

  • What is SLA in 3D printing? It stands for stereolithography, a light-based printing technique.
  • Is resin better for 3D printing? It’s certainly faster and more precise than many other methods.
  • What is the best SLA printer under $2,000? The self-leveling T-1000 offers great features for this price range.

The future is never certain. But if you’re looking for a good bet, put your money on 3D printing. This technology already has a wide range of uses, from drone parts to jewelry making.

Of course, most people still don’t own a 3D printer. While the machines are becoming ever more affordable, they can be tricky to work with. But you can’t make that accusation about the new T-1000 printer from G3D. This self-leveling device helps you create perfect prints time after time, with a special UV LED light engine for continuous printing. It’s the secret to perfect prototypes.

What is a self-leveling 3D printer?

When you print a design in three dimensions, it’s important that your printer is level. If the print bed or vat is on the smallest angle, your print will come out looking like your first vase in pottery class. Yeah, really bad.

Making sure your 3D printer is perfectly calibrated is a laborious chore. But with a self-leveling printer, the machine does all the work for you. The G3D T-1000 has this technology built in, meaning you can focus on the artistic side.

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Perfect prototypes

But that’s not the only smart feature this printer has to offer. The T-1000 is a SLA/DLP printer, meaning it uses UV light to cure resin as you print. As a result, your ideas come to life much faster.

What is stereolithography?

SLA stands for stereolithography. This is a process where your printer creates a 3D form by curing layer upon layer of resin. It’s a very precise process — the printer literally draws your design with a laser beam.

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Stereolithography precision

However, when speed is of the essence you may prefer DLP, or digital light projector technology. This cures each entire layer in a single flash, meaning you can produce parts and prototypes faster.

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Fast printing

The T-1000 printer allows you to jump between these printing methods as you see fit. It can put down 2.6 inches per hour, with a minimum layer resolution of just 7.5 microns. With 440 cubic inches of build volume to work with, you can print up to 12 inches high.

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Incredible specs

On the digital side, you control the T-1000 using a simple web-based interface. The printer also has Wi-Fi, meaning you can upload your designs wirelessly. You can even connect the printer to your Android phone.

“G3D is committed to offering the best products to customers in the 3D industry. The T-1000 is our entry level 3D printer with quality and speed that anyone from a dentist to a fabricator would swear by.” — Global 3D systems Inc.

What we like

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Make anything

Whether you’re a forward-thinking jeweler or a professional product designer, this printer offers impressive specs at a reasonable price.

Things to note

G3D is still a relative newcomer to the 3D printing market, so there may be teething problems. As always, do your research before making a purchase!

Availability

– Order now: via G3Dsys.com

– Price: $1900 USD

– Delivery: 1-2 business days

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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