Spin-off company of the University of Tartu developed the first 3D printer designed in Estonia
Most 3D printers available in Estonia are either fully imported or designed abroad and assembled here. But now Estonia has its own 3D printer that has been developed here and was constructed by EDM Machinery, a spin-off company of the University of Tartu.
According to Matis Averin, a former member of the ESTCube team and the constructor of the printer, this printer is special for several reasons. “The build of this 3D printer has been inspired by milling machines and it is mostly made of stainless steel, which makes our machine much sturdier than most of the printers available on the market,” said Averin.
Sturdiness is an important keyword in the world of 3D technologies, as today most producers do not give any warranty to 3D printers available to home users. EDM Machinery, however, also offers a warranty to its printer.
This 3D printer allows printing with two filaments, that means with two colours or materials at the same time. Its working area is 1.5 times larger than usual for similar 3D printers, which allows printing larger details.
What is such a machine used for? Averin explains that this particular 3D printer is best used for prototyping, but it is also suitable for hobby users.
At the moment, the 3D printer does not have a name yet and its external design is also still being created. “We definitely want it to look unique and we will try to emphasise the connection with Estonia,” said Averin, confirming that they already have a cooperation partner for design.
EDM Machinery is a technology start-up located in Tallinn. It is a spin-off company of the University of Tartu: a research-intensive enterprise that has stemmed from the University of Tartu. EDM Machinery offers special-solution CNC milling machines and does product development.
Additional information: www.edmcnc.ee.
Additional information: Kersti Vatter, Head of Sales and Finance of the UT spin-off EDM Machinery, kersti [ät] edmcnc.org, tel: +372 56 623 311.