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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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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.
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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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