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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer makes detailed magic (pictures)

The XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 is the first stereolithography (SL) 3D printer that's cheap enough for consumers. The printer has a fascinating way of building a 3D object and can create impressive detail.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

The Nobel 1.0 is the first SL 3D printer from XYZprinting. It's slated to cost $1,500.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

As an SL printer, the printer uses a laser to create 3D objects. For this reason, the printer comes with a hood that can be removed easily. The hood needs to be on during a print job since it helps prevent  light from outside from interfering with its laser beam.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

The printer with the hood removed. Note the build platform hovering on top.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

The closeup of the build platform. This platform determines the maximum size of objects the Nobel 1.0 can print, which is  5 by 5 by 7.9 inches (128 by 128 by 200 mm).

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

The printer uses liquid resin as the print material. The resin comes in a bottle as seen installed here.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

During a print job, the printer will first pump the resin from the bottle into the clear build tank.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

Under this tank is the ultraviolet laser light, which is reflected upward via an actuated mirror.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

The printer has a 2.6-inch LCD screen and six navigation buttons to manage its functions with.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

On the back are two USB ports, one to connect to a computer and the other for printing directly from a thumbdrive.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

Here's a sample of an object printed by the Nobel 1.o (left)  next to one printed by an FFF printer.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

More samples.

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XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

Clearly, the Nobel 1.0 can make higher-quality, more detailed objects than an FFF printer.

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