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The new Leapfrog Creatr HS - High Speed
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The Creatr HS
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The Creatr HS LCD screen
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Dual extrusion capable of printing support material in water soluble PLA
While visiting Leapfrog’s rather impressive new facility in Aalphen den Haag a couple of months ago we were given a sneak preview of their latest development the Creatr HS – High Speed.
The printer, which is five times faster than the original Creatr, certainly feels like a hefty upgrade. Coming with dual extrusion as standard, a 4 inch LCD screen – making the Creatr HS stand-alone, and an incredible 10 micron layer resolution.
The Creatr HS is in Leapfrog’s familiar aluminium and white casing that adds much needed sturdiness to a print bed of this size, which is a whopping 30 x 23 x 18 cm. The aluminium frame and the internal lighting do give the Leapfrog Creatr HS the look of a premium machine and in the flesh it is just as attractive.
The look maybe and spec maybe premium but as with other Leapfrog machines the price is more than competitive, at €1,799 it seems like a fairly decent investment taking into account the speed, dual extrusion, print volume and resolution.
The user interface of the Creatr HS has also had a complete overhaul; much like their higher end Xeed offerings the HS comes complete with an inbuilt computer and a knob-based UI that seems to be all the rage in technology at the minute. Unlike its predecessor the printer also allows printing directly from a USB stick and comes as standard with the burgeoning Simplify3D software as standard.
One of the benefits of Leapfrog is their open approach to materials is the ability to use a whole host of filaments. With support for and availability in the Leapfrog online store for Water Soluble PVA coupled with the Creatr HS’s dual print head creating parts with support material that leaves no mark and comes off easily should be a doddle.
The Creatr HS is a clear step forward for Leapfrog and the scale in which the company can grow now thanks to their brand new facility and parent company AV Flexologic might see the Dutch 3D printers break into the mainstream.