By Staff | 3Ders
Founded by Vijay Raghav Varada and Rohit Asil, Mechatronics and Instrumentation & Control Engineering Graduates from MIT Manipal, Fracktal Works is a starup in India that was aimed to create affordable technology and deliver it to every doorstep.
Fracktal Works was born in July, 2013 and its first device, Julia Desktop 3D printer, is a result of a lot of hard work. The Julia printer features zero wrap free printing, up to 100mm/s print speeds,75 micron precision, full metal hot end and a build volume of 20*20*20 cm (8.3 x 7.8 x7.8 in3).
"The stainless-steel insulated actively cooled full-metal HotEnd contains no heated PEEK or PTFE." notes the company. "The all-metal design will withstand temperatures well in excess of that ever required for thermoplastic extrusion."
It has also an easy to use filament loading system, print stabilizing hotbed with easily removable glass surface to keep your prints thermally stable.
Print technology: Fused Deposition Model
Build Model: 211x20x20 cm3 (8.3 x 7.8 x7.8 in3)
Layer Resolution: 100 microns ( 0.0039 In )
Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
Filament Compatibility: PLA, ABS, HIPS Polymer, Laywood, Nylon 618, Polycarbonate
Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm ( 0,015 In )
Product Weight: ~12 Kg
Shipping Dimensions: 54 X 54 X 48 cm 3 ( l x w x h )
Shipping Weight: ~ 15 Kg ( includes accessory kit )
The duo has also set up their Fracktal Studios, a new company dedicated to serve end-to-end product development. They have developed their own software 'Fracktory' for 3D printing. The software is similiar to other slicer/g-code generator program, which takes a 3D file in .stl format and converts it into printing instructions for your 3D printer. Users can visualize the printable object and the program takes the file and orients it in the required position, slices the model in layers, and converts it to G-Code (the language the printer). It also controls the movement of HotEnd and its temperature.
The Julia Desktop 3D printer is currently available for INR 65,000 ($1,080) excluding taxes.
The startup has also plans to release some new products this year, including a Stereolithography (SLA) 3D Printer that uses UV curable resin and ultraviolet light to create high resolution prints. They are also working on a food grade printer that 3D prints chocolates. In addtion they plans to launch an affordable 3D printer 'Snowflake' designed for consumers which can be available for around INR 40,000 ($665). Fracktal Works will also develop dual-head printer for multi material and multi-colour printing. The company has now totally 25 employees and has started selling Julia desktop 3D printers to individuals and small businesses.
SLA 3D printer
Check out this video below to see Julia in action:
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