The new Obsidian 3D printer is not a groundbreaking model that will change the level of utilization for these specialized tools forever, but yet another bright example of the steady progress that is being made in this field. It is one more step taken towards the day when 3D printing is a true defining factor for our lives and the way we are building things, whether these are small tools or large structures. Before we get ourselves too excited though, let first take a look at the Obsidian and see what’s all the buzz about it.
The things that have convinced so many backers on Kickstarter and allocated a million of US dollars to this crowdfunding campaign is that the Obsidian 3D printer is made by a company with some reputation and previous experience in the field, it looks awesome, it supports a whole bunch of modern technologies, and it costs less that the minimum that you can suppose, starting at just $99 and going up to $250 depending on the selection of extras.
As a printer, the Obsidian comes pre-assembled and ready to print once you plug it in. It features a heated bed for optimal printing results, an LCD screen with an easy to use interface based on Android, an integrated 2-megapixel wide-angle camera that is dedicated to the creation of printing time-lapse videos, support for remote real-time monitoring, a dedicated remote controller, and the ability to recover from a power outage.
The printing performance of the Obsidian is quite impressive for the price as well. It can print 1.73-liter objects by using 1.75 mm filaments of PLA, ABS, Nylon, PETG, polycarbonates, and carbon fiber, and achieve a layer resolution of 50 to 350 microns at a speed range of 60 to 200 mm/sec. The resulting quality is fascinating for such a cheap a 3D printer. If you want to change something on your design during the printing process, you can even do that in Obsidian by pausing the print and modifying the design on the fly. You can use a rich set of software tools for the design as Obsidian supports all of the most widely used slicers, supports standard Gcode, and is based on a Marlin firmware which is open source.
In the end of the day, we have a compact and quality printer that looks good, works well with many different materials, has an 1 year hardware warranty, 2 months of free technical support, support for 6 languages, and a price that is closer that what we have been paying for monthly filament supplies, rather than printers. If you order one, expect your Obsidian printer to reach you by the upcoming December.