Sep 16, 2014

Norge Ice9 and Ice1 low cost SLS 3d printers

Norge Systems is a Dover, UK based company that want to bring affordable SLS 3d printers to the crowds. They will compete with two models: The Ice9 which is larger and Ice1 which is a "desktop" model. Additional to 3d printing their machines have laser cutting and engraving capabilities.

The prices of Norge 3d printers are definitely pushing the price level for this type of technology and making it more accessible to the wider DIY community. Hopefully the prices will drop in the entire sector.  



















Ice9 technical specifications:

  • Printer size: 1500x1025x410 mm
  • Building volume: 300x300x450 mm
  • Layer thickness: 0.1 - 0.15 mm
  • Average building speed: 10 to 30 mm/hour
  • Powder feeding mode: Two-way powder feed system
  • Laser type: CO2, 40 Watts
  • Scanning system: Theta lens focusing, high-accuracy magnetic encoder
  • Scan speed during building: up to 4 m/s
  • Laser power control system: PWM Digital signal
  • Power Supply: 230VAC,50/60Hz,5KVA
  • Processing unit: Arduino DUE
  • Software: Manual and automatic control mode;
  • Online real-time build parameters modification;
  • Three-dimensional Visualization: Open Source Platforms
  • Price: 18.000 GBP

Ice1 technical specifications:

  • Printer size: 900x300x350mm 
  • Building volume: 200x200x250 mm
  • Layer thickness: 0.1 - 0.15mm 
  • Average print speed: 8 to 25mm/hour 
  • Powder feeding mode: Two-way powder feed system 
  • Laser type: Solid State infrared Laser 5W
  • Scanning system: Theta lens focusing, high-accuracy magnetic encoder
  • Scan speed during build process: up to 3 m/s 
  • Laser power control system: PWM Digital signal 
  • Power Supply: 230VAC,50/60Hz,5KVA 
  • Software: Manual and automatic control mode; Real-time build parameters modification; Three-dimensional Visualization; Open Source Platforms
  • Price: 4.166 GBP

They had a Kickstarter campaign that failed, it raised only £358 of £250,000 goal:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1812935123/ice1-and-ice9-the-first-low-budget-sls-3d-printers


Video presentation of Norge SLS models:




Company webpage where you can order their machines:

http://www.norgesystems.com/


Here are some examples of objects printed on Norge SLS machines: