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Zaxe launches xlite+, Z2 and Z3 3D printers to improve the accessibility of 3D printing

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Having teased the imminent launch new products last week, 3d printer manufacturer Zaxe today unveiled three new 3D printers – the xlite+, Z2 and Z3.

As well as listening to customer feedback, the company has applied the knowledge and experience gained over the past five years to build on the R&D and design of its machines to make them even more accessible and easy to use.

“We deeply focused on the design process of our 3D printers and designed them in the simplest way to give you the best experience,” says Baki Gezgen, Founder of Zaxe. “Our new series is based on the modular design system for better production, and we have created a family of products with this concept.”

Zaxe has achieved its target growth rate in its domestic market and is now looking to expand its exports. Photo via Zaxe.

The growth of Zaxe

Since the Zaxe story began in 2015 with the construction of a 3D printer prototype in the Gezgen garage, the company’s subsequent products have won the support of Aydonat Atasever, one of the founders of Turkey’s largest e-commerce company, and other prominent figures. names such as Nevzat Aydın, KVK and Emre Akıncı.

“Since 2015, we have developed and produced many 3D printers to figure out how to get to today,” says Gezgen. “In 2015, we took the first step of the Zaxe firmware. We have developed our slicer software to control each of our 3D printers from WiFi. We’ve also changed the SD Care print meta to print to USB sticks or direct Wi-Fi. These developments were the seeds of our vision at the time.

In the following years and after receiving new investments, Zaxe intensified its R&D activities to begin to dominate the Turkish 3D printing market. In 2019, the company launched its Z series of 3D printers and started micro-exports to the United States, Canada, and Azerbaijan, among others. As a result, the company’s 3D printer portfolio has expanded to accommodate its X1, X1+ and X2 range of 3D printers, its Z1 and Z1+ range of machines, and its xDesktop software and filament.

The latest launches further expand Zaxe’s 3D printing hardware offering, with a host of new features and upgrades to improve ease of use and open up the accessibility and affordability of additive manufacturing.

The Zaxe Z2 3D printer.  Photo via Zaxe.
The Zaxe Z2 3D printer. Photo via Zaxe.

Bring new features to market

“We want to make 3D printing accessible and easy to use,” says Gezgen, as he discusses the new features of Zaxe’s latest machines. “This year we combined our clipper firmware with our Zaxe firmware and used all the features of our base XY design so we could print even faster with the new Z series.”

With its new 3D printers, the company seeks to solve the common problem of clogged nozzles and short machine life. “That’s why we make all our 3D printers compatible with the E3D ecosystem,” he continues. “In this way, we adapt our structural architecture to E3D updates and new modules.”

After listening to feedback from its customers, Zaxe is also giving users the freedom to use any slicer software with its new machines, and has added the OctoPrint option to its firmware to allow customers to use the open source interface with its 3D printers.

“This year, we have brought all of our knowledge and experience that we have gained since 2015 into our new products,” adds Gezgen. “We offer much more robust, much faster, very innovative printers to change the standards by making innovative solutions accessible with our new generation 3D printers. We tried to base on user feedback and requests, and built our R&D on it. We have designed a long-lasting technology of irreproachable quality.

“As a company that values ​​R&D, we compensated by combining our design line with hardware, software engineering and solid mechanics.”

The Zaxe Z3 3D printer.  Photo via Zaxe.
The Zaxe Z3 3D printer. Photo via Zaxe.

Development of the new series of 3D printers

Zaxe’s new 3D printers are based on a modular design that complements its customers’ usage behavior and simplifies machine operation.

“We created a metal skeleton body with exceptional stability that combined all components and design shells, then isolated all electronics from the print area to keep both operating at their most efficient performance,” Gezgen explains. “Our mechanical system is innovative and robust, shaped like a heavy cubic body to give it an industrial look. The complexity of the mechanics and software system has been simplified by design to allow users to focus more on the printing experience.

As a result, Gezgen believes the new machines have a friendlier and more accessible appearance, each complemented by the addition of a large, easy-to-use 7-inch display screen with an all-new interface.

“We’ve placed the capacitive screen end-to-end in the middle of the black glass, allowing you to communicate deeply with the printer,” he explains. “We made the process as clear as possible and made the print area visible from many angles, while hiding the mechanics and complex structure inside. We have used tempered glass on the front doors for better visibility and aim to keep users safe in all conditions.

A wide-angle camera has also been integrated into the new machines to allow users to monitor and control their prints remotely, and the printers have also been fitted with a new fan system to aid in temperature control and fluid flow. ‘air.

“Having the freedom to use different materials is an important feature,” continues Gezgen. “We understand the importance of this freedom and work for compliance. The newly designed spool holder accommodates spools of various sizes and is compact for out-of-use situations. Ease of use and compactness are always our main criteria and we have sought to reflect this in all parts of the design, such as the hepa filter, extruder cover and adjustable spool holder.

Each of Zaxe's new 3D printers features a large, easy-to-use 7-inch display screen.  Photo via Zaxe.
Each of Zaxe’s new 3D printers features a large, easy-to-use 7-inch display screen. Photo via Zaxe.

The Zaxe xlite+

Zaxe’s X Series of 3D printers are suitable for use in the education sector, where students can leverage the capabilities of machines to increase their creativity and shift their focus from consumption to production.

The Zaxe xlite+ builds on the features of its predecessor xlite, offering a print area of ​​22 x 23 x 20 cm and fully automatic print calibration. As Gezgen mentioned, the machine is compatible with “all materials” thanks to the E3D custom titanium printhead.

Along with a 5-inch touchscreen for easy printing monitoring, the xlite+ enables WiFi printing and smooth operation thanks to its integration with the Zaxe Cloud and next-gen X cards. Models can also be removed more easily from the printer table thanks to its flexible printing surface.

The Zaxe xlite+ 3D printer.  Photo via Zaxe.
The Zaxe xlite+ 3D printer. Photo via Zaxe.

The Zaxe Z2 and Z3

Zaxe’s Z series of 3D printers are designed primarily for industrial use, especially for R&D in industries that require high tolerances. The range can also be used by professionals to quickly develop, prototype and print their own designs, while hobbyists can use the Z series to repair broken parts and create new objects and models at home.

The first new addition to Zaxe’s Z series of 3D printers, the Z2, offers high-speed printing of up to 300mm per second, hand in hand with the company’s new printing software. The machine itself has a print area of ​​22 x 23 x 25cm and, like the Xlite+, is equipped with an E3D custom titanium printhead compatible with a range of different materials.

A larger 7-inch touchscreen gives users an easy-to-use interface to manage their prints, while glass doors allow for easy monitoring of the production process. The Z2 also features a flexible print surface for easy removal of models after printing is complete, while next-generation “Z Cards” provide a safer, hassle-free printing experience for customers. Zaxe.

The Zaxe Z3, on the other hand, offers many features of the Z2 but with a larger print area covering 40 x 30 x 35 cm. Operating at the same print speed, the Z3 does not sacrifice speed when producing larger parts, opening up a wider range of potential applications for Zaxe customers.

“One of our most important goals is to advance technology by making it sustainable and creating a fully user-centric ecosystem,” concludes Gezgen. “Since 2015, we have developed and produced many 3D printers to give us enough know-how to reach this day.

“Today, we are on the verge of being able to offer our cutting-edge technology at affordable prices.”

The Zaxe Z2 and larger volume Z3 3D printers.  Image via Zaxe.
The Zaxe Z2 and larger volume Z3 3D printers. Image via Zaxe.

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Featured image shows the Zaxe Z2 and larger volume Z3 3D printers. Image via Zaxe.