Bottom line: the Zortrax M200 produces high-quality prints that are on par with any high-end fused filament manufacturing (FFM) printer currently on the market. Armed with a unique perforated auto-leveling build platform and an X, Y printhead precision of 1.5 microns, the M200 creates models with even layers and no signs of under or over extrusion.
With a build volume of 200 x 200 x 180 mm and a resolution that ranges from 90-400 microns, Zortrax is capable of printing detailed elements without the slightest loss of its original appearance. Zortrax’s high-quality aluminum case keeps it sturdy enough to eliminate any visible signs of vibrations when printing the model.
Since the M200 was designed for use with a 1.75 mm filament and is compatible with most filament types (PLA and ABS), users have a wide selection of professional materials to work with. The direct feed style printing head features a 0.4 mm nozzle to extrude the filament. All parts are machine metal or injected molded plastic making this one sturdy, yet super-quiet 3D printer.
With the option to printing from the Z-site software or directly from the provided SD card, users can go from design to 3D model in a matter of minutes. There’s a small foolproof LCD screen walking you through every step of the printing process. The initial setup consists mainly of installing the filament holder, cable ties, filament, and heated build platform. After installing the filament through the direct feed extruder, the small LCD awakens and lets you know to load the SD card via the Zortrax Z-suite software. From there, you’re ready to start printing.
So what differentiates the Zortrax M200 printer from other FFM printers? For one, the heated perforated platform is quite revolutionary mostly because it eliminates any concern around print adhesion. The holes in the build platform create enough space for the molten filament to lock into place while printing. No need for tape or glue.
According to one Amazon users who used the Zortrax ABS filament said, “the printer needs no adjustment and the first print showed that the Zortrax was capable of producing prints with one of the best finishes of any fused filament manufacturing (FFM) printers.”
Whether it’s the Z-HIPS, Z-ULTRAT, Z-PCABS, Z-PETG, Z-ESD, Z-ABS, or the Z-GLASS, the Zortrax M200 offers a huge selection of filaments that can be easily bought from the company’s website. Here is a quick snapshot of the available materials that include electrostatic discharge protection:
Z-ULTRAT: This versatile material allows you to create accurate prototypes with features that are similar to products made with injection molding technology.
Z-HIPS: Using this material you can create large objects that have a regular structure. Its exceptional matte finish gives models the effect of a flawless, smooth surface.
Z-ABS: This economical material, which is available in various colors, is suitable for 3D printing conceptual models, gadgets, mockups, or whatever you can imagine.
Z-GLASS: With this translucent material you can prototype objects that are to be ultimately produced from glass or transparent plastic.
Z-PCABS: This blend of ABS and polycarbonate (PC) will make your castings and functional prototypes durable and resistant to temperature.
Z-PETG: This resistant to salts, acids and alkalis material allows you to create mechanical parts that are to be exposed to chemicals. It is also physically durable.
Z-ESD: The material that offers electrostatic discharge protection can easily find its application in industries that deal with electronic components.
As one can see from the wide selection of materials, the Zortrax M200 3D Printer is highly versatile. From reconstructing fossils to rapid prototyping prosthetic limbs, the 3D printing industry is expected to reach $12.8 Billion by 2018 and exceed $21B in worldwide revenue by 2020. As it evolves, high-quality affordable FFM printers like the Zortrax M200 will be used as a mainstream business solution.