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Snapmaker Artisan Is a 3-in-1 3D Printer for All Your Cosplay Needs

3D printer with an orange enclosure
Snapmaker

What's happening

Snapmaker, the creator of one of the most popular 3D-printing Kickstarters, on Tuesday announced its newest three-in-one fabrication machine, the Artisan.

Why it matters

The Artisan looks to be a great way to get a laser cutter, CNC machine and dual-extrusion 3D printer in one simple package.

What's next

The Artisan will be available for preorder on Aug. 9 for $2,799, with a full retail price of $2,999 to follow.

Making the decision on what kind of maker you want to be can be tricky. Do you want to 3D print cosplay models, etch designs into leather or carve wood into fantastic sculptures? If you want to do all three, the price can get ridiculous. Snapmaker found a way around that by integrating all three styles into one modular design. 

The original Snapmaker was too small to output much that was helpful, so the team introduced the Snapmaker 2 with a similar modular design that comes in three sizes, the largest being 300 by 300mm. The Artisan improves on the largest size by an extra 100mm on each size to make it 400 by 400mm. That's big enough to print an entire cosplay helmet like the Mandalorian's -- printing in one piece means fewer seams and less chance of breakage -- or laser-etch annodized aluminum plates for trophies or a laptop.

A large power unit with LCD and small silver modules

The modules for the Artisan are easily swappable.

Snapmaker

The Artisan also comes with an enclosure as standard, something you had to pay extra for before, as well as a dual-head 3D printer module -- each module can be switched out with a simple latch to speed up the process -- that can print two different colors or materials at the same time. Having that versatility is a real bonus for the Artisan and is something few 3D printers take advantage of.

Snapmaker says the Artisan will be available to preorder at its site on Aug. 9 for a discount price of $2,799. That's $200 off the retail price of $2,999, so it might be worth getting it early if you can. See the video below for more.