By Anthony J. Lockwood
|The Mojo 3D Printer. Image courtesy of Stratasys.|
Stratasys Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) recently released the Mojo 3D Printer, a desktop-sized unit around which is built a complete 3D printing solution known as the Mojo 3D Print Pack. The Mojo 3D Printer, the company says, is “the market’s lowest-priced professional-grade complete 3D printing system.” The Mojo 3D Print Pack, which includes the printer, software, ivory-colored ABSplus thermoplastic modeling material, and a support-removal system, costs $9,900. The company also offers the Mojo 3D Print Pack with a monthly lease option with lease pricing beginning at $185 in the US.
The Mojo employs a variation of the company’s Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) material extrusion technology, according to Stratasys. First, its ABS material spool and print head are integrated to a single package called the QuickPack print engine. Second, a fresh print head is part of each material change, which, says Stratasys, ensures optimal reliability. Material loading is said to be similar to snapping in an inkjet cartridge on a paper printer.
|The Mojo 3D Print Pack. From the left QuickPack Engine, modeling base, Mojo, and the WaveWash 55 Support Cleaning System. Image courtesy of Stratasys.|
The Mojo supports a part layer thickness of 0.007 in (0.17 mm). That layer resolution, according to Stratasys, was available previously only with its Dimension Elite and Fortus Production 3D Printer line. The Mojo provides a 5 x 5 x 5 in (12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm) maximum build size. The 3D printer unit measures 25 x 21 x 18in (WxDxH; 64 x 53 x 46 cm) and weighs 60 lbs.
|The Mojo’s ABS material spool and print head are integrated to a single package called the QuickPack print engine. Image courtesy of Stratasys.|
Supplied with the system is Mojo Print Wizard software for preparing CAD files for 3D printing. Features of the Mojo Print Wizard include 3D view of printing pack, thumbnails of STL and CMB files, flexible part scaling, 3D orientation previews, and real-time auto-packing.
The Mojo 3D Print Package comes with the WaveWash 55 Support Cleaning System for removing support materials from models. Sized for use on a desktop, the WaveWash 55 uses heat, agitation, water, and Ecoworks cleaning tablets to remove support materials in a hands-free, fully contained system. No plumbing is required.
|The Mojo produces a 0.007 in. (0.17 mm) layer thickness and provides a 5 x 5 x 5 in. (12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm) maximum build size. Image courtesy of Stratasys.|
"You can buy a less expensive 3D printer, but for the serious designer or engineer, Mojo is the lowest priced product that offers professional-quality output, comes as a complete package system, and uses industrial-grade thermoplastic material,” said Jon Cobb, Stratasys vice president of Global Marketing, in a press statement. “I expect this will be of interest not just to engineers and educators, but entrepreneurs and independent designers as well.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.