For buyers looking for a top of the line printer, likely for professional needs, one could do far worse than to pick up the Leapfrog Xeed 2.0. While Fused Filament Modeling, or FFM, is less turned to for prosumer needs than machines that print with light-activated liquid polymers - a process known as stereolithography, used by machines like the Nobel line of XYZ's printers and Formlabs' signature Form line - this particular FFM machine leverages one of the biggest build spaces in the prosumer market, a huge advantage for users needing a larger print job for any variety of reasons.
While the Xeed certainly does not come cheap - its current price far outstrips even the prestigious competitors mentioned in the previous paragraph, for example - it does boast a bevy of features to justify the higher price point. The listed top print speed of 180 millimeters per second is among the fastest any professional grade printer can claim in 2016, before starting to affect print quality anyhow. The stated maximum resolution is a paltry 10 microns, an extremely impressive level of precision and one certainly acceptable for most every professional job a 3D printer could be tasked with. And, of course, the featurettes we've come to expect from top grade 3D printers - touch screen LCD interface, clean and accessible print software, dual extrusion optionality - are here in the Xeed in all their glory.
While irrational hype around 3D printing has somewhat subsided in recent years, folks watching the tech closely are witnessing a nascent industry threatening to explode. In Japan, a highly technologically advanced economy that has been quick to adopt 3D printing into many of its prominent sectors, their International Data Corporation has reported a 104.4% annual growth, as compared with numbers from the previous year. This doubling of the growth rate in a time of relatively low-key public fervor over 3D printing suggests the gains are driven by solid economic fundamentals - and they are. Entrepreneurs in biomedical or manufacturing fields across the world ought to take note of these developments in Japan, and investigate the applications that have driven this massive increase in hard growth numbers there.
Boasting native software, high-precision extrusion and a large build size, the Xeed is a fantastic choice for commercial applications.
Offers a heated glass platform for 3D printing a wide variety of materials...has a closed frame and a large color touch screen for a better user interface.
Can fully operate stand-alone. No need to install any additional software or hook up a computer...equipped with dual extruder for printing with two colors.
Operates an auto-calibration system after each print, removing the need for manual tinkering.
Made of laser-cut aluminum as opposed to wood or plastic...the accuracy of the printer is unaffected by temperature changes and does not diminish over time.