Initially priced at just $100 on Kickstarter, the SparkMaker seemed to be just another one of those too-good-to-be-true 3D printer deals that fail to adequately deliver to their backers like the Buccaneer, the ONO, the Peachy printer or Tiko 3D’s Unibody. Instead, it not only delivered, it also went on to general commercial availability and reportedly sold more than 5,000 units. We at 3dpbm even got one to test through our Italian-language portal Replicatore.it. Now the ultra-affordable LCD photopolymerization 3D printer is coming back with a new and improved 1080p version, the SparkMaker FHD (Full HD).
Intelligently, the new system is launching either as an upgrade kit to the original SparkMaker. At just $99 this includes 1 x Metal Tank, 1 x Metal Panel, 1 x 1080p LCD Screen, 1 x Mainboard, and 1 x UV Backlight. It is also available as an early bird new stand-alone system priced at just $249 ($499 is going to be the final retail price). The new SparkMaker FHD upgraded 3d printer comes with a 1080p LCD screen and 4 new types of resins for ultra-clean, high temperature, macaron colors, and high-quality surfaces.
The full high definition LCD screen enables even larger size prints of up to 61.8 x 110 x 125 mm, with higher quality (57 μm XY axis resolution), and faster speeds (up to 25 mm/hr). Just like its predecessor, don’t expect miracles. It is built to be affordable, however, it does offer several more improvements. Based on the feedback of many users, SparkMaker FHD now supports wireless control through a Bluetooth connection. Files can still be printed with just one button (the only button on the 3D printer), either through an SD card with printing files or the smartphone App
The new resins include several different options. The Resin LCD-Q | Go Colorful, which offers colorful printing options. It works well with the macaron color palette. The new Resin LCD-G | 3D Engraving is Easy is an ultra-clear resin for making 3D engraving prints that show delicate internal details. The Resin LCD-H | Stand for High Temperatures can withstand temperatures as high as 320 C. It is a perfect material for making injection molds in small batch production. Finally the Resin LCD-MG | Print Your Favorite Models turns hard and tough after printing. It is ideal for making durable models.