There are a lot of 3D printers out there on the market, which is a far cry from when the technology was fairly new. Some of those printers offer incredible quality production levels, while others sport a toned down resolution quality — usually to trim the price.
IVI is a closed-loop 3D printer that will shed all prior conventions. It offers high-resolution printing, laser engraving and CNC carving all rolled into one device. Plus more.
One of the things it does great is print high-quality and low-cost models that can be immediately painted — there’s no need to polish, grind or sand surfaces first. You could say it’s the modern model makers ideal tool. Holy hell, what a mouthful.
What Is the IVI Printer?
Not that it matters, but the IVI printer looks sexy as hell.
IVI is capable of 15-micron/0.015 mm XYZ prints which is a nerdy way of saying it offers incredibly high-resolution support. All of that is delivered with a repeatability that’s kept within 10 microns or 0.01 mm. Naturally, this allows the IVI printer to create objects or items with remarkable accuracy.
If you have any experience with a 3D printer then you know incredibly detailed creations take a long time. IVI’s infamous Superman print took about 118 hours to complete. Long prints result in some truly wondrous developments, but they also come with a ton of headaches. If the printer encounters errors in the middle of the process the entire operation can be ruined. Losing over one hundred hours of work is never painless. But IVI sports some unique features to prevent that from happening, particularly a zero-gap ball joint, anti-clogging ceramic tube, and its exclusive closed-loop system.
If you can make heads or tails of them, here are some of the repeatability test results IVI achieved:
IVI is simply unmatched when it comes to print accuracy and detail.
Above all else, the triple functionality means it can be used for a variety of operations. Modular FDM printing configurations — there are 6 different print heads with just as many nozzle sizes — 2500 mW laser engraving, and CNC carving thanks to a brushless motor are all possible. But that’s just the start. The team will be developing and releasing even more modules in the future which means IVI will likely be able to do much more than just these three functions.
Of course, first the team needs to bring this thing to market.
Where Can I Get One?
These are the kind of intricate models and miniatures you can create with IVI.
IVI 3D, the team behind the IVI printer, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project. The good news is that it’s already successful, having garnered over $880,000 which is far, far beyond the initial $50,000 goal that was set. If all goes according to plan then the first backers will receive their units sometime in December 2019. The IVI 3D printer should be available to everyone else shortly after.
I can’t stop looking at that Aquaman print. Problem is, the more I do, the more I want one of these bad boys.