Canon Launches Entry-Level Marv FDM 3D Printer in China

Canon Inc. has launched its entry-level Marv (short for Marvelous) FDM 3D printer in China, according to 3ders. Canon first launched its Marv FDM 3D printer n 2015 in South Korea, Germany, and Poland, and is generally targeting it at consumers and educations as a safe, light-weight, small-footprint desktop 3D printer. In Europe, the 3D printer is priced at around €799 ($830).

As the graphic above indicates, Canon designed the Marv with safety in mind. It features, for instance, a safe mode, in which operation is automatically paused when the door is opened, mode, as well as  non-flammable exterior cover, and a temperature sensor that stops printing if there’s overheating.

The Marv object build volume is 140 mm x 140 mm x 150 mm, and it users special heat-resistant PLA filaments that minimize objects bending and becoming deformed when exposed to heat; a wood material – made up of 30-percent wood and 70-percent filament can also be used. Canon says the Marv also prints faster than competitors, producing objects in two hours, compared to five to six hours for competitors.

For more information on the Marv FDM 3D printer, visit Canon Business Solutions Korea here.

3D Printer for Rapid Prototyping, Manufacturing

Canon previewed its first in-house-developed 3D printer back in 2015 at Canon Expo 2015. In contract to the Marv, this 3D printer (shown above) is designed for rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing.

At the time, Canon said that this 3D printer is different from others on the market because it provides faster print speed, and produces more durable and smoother objects – that is, more precise objects, as it says the printer uses a “totally new” method of 3D printing. It uses what Canon calls “lamination” or “sheeting” technology, providing “rapid, simultaneous” generation of multiple sheets of general-purpose resin, followed by high-precision position-sheet welding. Last is the washing of all water-soluble support materials to produce the finished object. The end result is a 3D printer that Canon says can produce objects moulded at the highest industry standards for a smoother surface finish that reduces the need for time-consuming post-processing. As of this writing, however, Canon hasn’t yet introduced this 3D printer to market.

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