M3D Crane Quad is the First Multi-Material and Multi-Color Desktop 3D Printer

By on May 1, 2018
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Designed for enthusiasts, Crane Quad is the industry’s first multi-material desktop 3D printer that can produce true multi-colored objects. It promises 50,000 colors, a build volume of 214 x 214 x 230mm, and a full-color palette.
Building on M3D’s legacy of innovation in creating affordable and easy-to-use technology products that inspire consumers to make and create things, pricing for Crane Quad starts at $399.

From common base colors, users can create numerous color palettes covering most of the color spectrum. The base colors needed are CMYK: cyan, magenta and yellow with black, white or transparent as keys. In addition, Crane Quad allows users to print objects in any single color without the cost of owning dozens of traditional filament spools, and allows the physical characteristics of different materials to be fused into a single object with new properties.

The combination of multiple materials in a single print also enables users to bring together the advantages of different filaments’ varied physical characteristics in a single object with unique new properties. Multi-material extrusion means that users can also allocate different materials between support, wall and infill, making it easier to print more elaborate structures.

“The Crane Quad features the Duet 2 Maestro, a new open-source controller board co-designed with Duet3D that has five-axis motion control. The Duet 2 Maestro includes micro USB and micro SD card ports, 120 MHz Atmel/Microchip ARM processor, and 256 microstep resolution. It also has a first-of-its-kind direct-drive extruder, which can mix the materials and colors of most 1.75 mm filaments. The new QuadFusion 3D Print Head has three fans, four motors, and a 0.35 mm mixing nozzle.”

M3D Crane Quad Technical Specifications:

  • Build volume: 214 x 214 x 230 mm (8.4 x 8.4 x 9.05 in)
  • 214 x 214 mm (8.4 x 8.4 in) heated bed (capable of reaching up to 100°C)
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.35 mm (0.013 in)
  • Nozzle temperature: 100-270 degrees Celsius
  • Nema 17 motors for X, Y, Z
  • Print speed: 80 mm (3.14 in) /second
  • Material diameter: 1.75 mm (0.07 in)
  • LCD screen display
  • Untethered printing via 512 MB SD card
  • Ethernet webhost interface (Dual and Quad only)
  • Bed level sensor (Dual and Quad only)
  • File format: G-code, AML, OBJ, STL
  • 48w cartridge heater for faster printing
  • 2020 and 2040 aluminum extrusions, coated steel V rollers
  • Host computer software: Cura
  • Compatible with 3D printing filaments: PLA, ABS, ABS-R, ABS-R3, Carbon Fiber, Tough, Tough 115A, ASA, POM, PVA, PVB, TPU, PETG
  • 24v DC Meanwell power supply
  • Fully assembled
  • Product weight: 8.5 kg (18.7 lbs)
  • Package weight: 10.5 kg (23.15 lbs)
  • Product size: 380 x 480 x 430 mm (15 x 19 x 17 in)
  • Package size: 450 x 550 x 500 mm (18 x 22 x 20 in)

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