Named Aries, the entry-level FFF system is aimed at anyone looking for low-cost desktop 3D printing. This includes makers, families, educational institutions, and even complete newcomers to the world of 3D printing.
Unlike some of Voxelab’s other products, Aries is described as a ‘whole set’ 3D printer, meaning it’s ready to use straight out of the box and requires no assembly whatsoever. Despite its modest price tag of around $300, Aries actually packs quite a punch, offering a number of hardware features you’d expect to find on a more professional-grade machine.
Consumer desktop 3D printing with Voxelab
Standing on the shoulders of parent company FlashForge, Voxelab is committed to researching and developing consumer-level 3D printers suitable for all the family. Covering all bases, the company offers a range of both FFF and resin-based LCD systems, as well as an entire portfolio of 3D printing materials.
Voxelab’s Aquila and Aquila X2 FFF systems are priced at $168 and $199, respectively. The printers come equipped with build volumes measuring 220 x 220 x 250mm, and are compatible with a variety of filaments such as PLA, ABS, and PETG.
On the other hand, the company’s LCD resin line comprises the Proxima and Polaris 3D printers. The Polaris sports a 2K color LCD while the higher-end Proxima comes equipped with an 8.9” 4K monochrome LCD.
The Aries 3D printer
Named after the first astrological sign in the zodiac, Aries will feature an open-form build chamber with a sturdy red and black polymer shell. According to the firm, the decision was made for safety purposes, to enable families with children to experiment with desktop 3D printing. From afar, the 3D printer actually resembles FlashForge’s Finder system, another child-friendly machine characterized by its affordability.
Aries will come equipped with a single extruder complete with a ‘filament detection’ sensor. The system will be capable of automated filament loading and unloading, and will even feature print pausing functionality in the case of power outages. As such, users will be able to resume print jobs when the 3D printer is turned back on.
Additionally, the machine will also come complete with dual linear rail lead screws for the Z-axis, improving the stability of the bed. According to Voxelab, proximity sensing, presumably for bed calibration purposes, will be done via a photoelectric sensor. The build plate itself will be removable and replaceable.
As far as quality of life features go, users will be provided with a full-color touchscreen on the front and LED lighting around the frame for night-time operation. Surprisingly, Aries will also offer Wi-Fi connectivity for remote file transmission – something you don’t see all that often on such an affordable 3D printer.
Technical specifications and pricing
Below are the technical specifications for the Aries 3D printer. The system is set to be released soon, and will be priced at around $300.
|Connectivity||SD card, Wi-Fi, USB|
|Enclosed build chamber||No|
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Featured image shows the Voxelab Aries 3D printer. Photo via Voxelab.