Everyone who has dealt with Zortrax M200 will perfectly well manage also its successor Zortrax M300. From a layman point of view, the 300 is just a much larger, overscale version of the 200. Fortunately, apart from a large working area Zortrax M300 has a bit more to offer.
Specifications Zortrax M300:
Communication: SD card (included)
Build volume: 300 x 300 x 300 mm
Materials: Z-HIPS, Z-GLASS, Z-PETG, Z-ESD, Z-ASA Pro, Z-PLA Pro
Layer resolution: 90-290 microns
Printing technology: LPD (ang. Layer Plastic Deposition)
All big things are… beautiful
Best 3D printers don’t have to be either big or small. What counts is the device’s durability and accuracy. As for the first parameter, suitably for a giant, it’s perfectly chosen. The working table in its case is much thicker than in the predecessor. Owing to this the device is able to hold large details weighing up to 2 kg.
Unfortunately, the device’s manufacturers assumed that large details will need large filament reels (and rightly so, too). Thereby the brackets are much thicker and longer. Thus using the same filaments as with Zortrax M200 will be impossible.
M300 – not for experimenters?
Zortrax M300’s advantage is the possibility of printing with different filaments, especially those from ‘Z’ family. And yet experimenting with others of the kind is quite risky, and requires knowledge of advanced temperature settings. No wonder: after all, it’s a printer designated for more advanced enthusiasts.
Zortrax M300: most important drawbacks
Unfortunately, it has a few of them. Whereas the complicated temperature menu can be worked out (especially by more advances ‘printers’), some features of this device may irritate some people.
- Very long time of warming up the working table, which results first of all from the enormous area, for a home printer. It takes at least a dozen minutes, which obviously depend also on the material employed.
- The construction of filament arm, which is too thick (it has been mentioned before). Moreover, the arm itself generates lots of noise, especially when we use up at least half of the plastic container (it weighs about 2 kg).
- The fan is definitely one of the noisiest elements of Zortrax printer. Compared with the previous version (M200) it works by far too loudly.
Why is it worth to have Zortrax M300?
The question asked in the heading may be answered in two ways. The first is a very high quality of print. Without exaggeration we can state it’s one of the most accurate printers around. Especially if one worked earlier with the cheaper equivalents for beginners.
Secondly, in M300 worthy of note is the software characterized by extraordinary simplicity. It takes just a short while to learn how to use it.
Zortrax M300 is a printer meant for those who are experienced and… patient. Nonetheless, the long warming up time is compensated by the device by the print’s quality and the ability to generate very sizeable details, even though it involves some difficulties.
- Large build envelope
- Print performance