An affordable 3D Printer with a simple upgrade path? The LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK may be what you’re looking for

An affordable 3D Printer with a simple upgrade path? The LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK may be what you're looking for

An affordable 3D Printer with a simple upgrade path? The LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK may be what you’re looking for

When it comes to 3D printing, there are three things that newcomers should look for in their printer, ease of use, upgrade headroom and capable electronics out of the box. 

Today, we have a printer that appears to meet all of these criteria, LOTMAXX’s upcoming SC-10 Shark, a 3D printer which starts at $249 (there are lower “early bird prices on Kickstarter) and offers users a large build area, multiple easy-to-use upgrade options and quiet TMC2208 drivers out of the box. 

The SC-10 SHARK also features several upgrades which are popular amongst 3D printing hobbies out of the box, offering users a dual-gear extruder and a filament runout sensor out of the box. This printer also features a 32-bit ARM processor at stock and features 10 replacement nozzles for Kickstarter backers in the box. Kickstarter units will also ship with 1Kg of filament, which is great news for newcomers. 

What about the Ender 3? 

By today’s standards, Creatlity’s Ender 3 is old, and the design has plenty of room for improvement. With the LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK, buyers are offered a larger build area, multi-directional part cooling, silent TMC2208 stepper motor driver out of the box and support for tethered touchscreen controls.   

With a starting price of $199 on Kickstarter, the LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK offers customers a lot of value, especially when compared to other printers with a 235mm x 235mm x 265mm build area. LOTMAXX has also thought ahead and has designed their SC-10 SHARK with upgradability in mind, supporting upgrades for automatic bed-levelling, laser engraving and dual-filament extrusion. You can perform the same upgrades on other printers, but LOTMAXX is the first company to make these upgrades practically plug and play. 
Further additions like the addition of a filament runout sensor have also elevated the SC-10 SHARK into competition with premium 3D printer designs like Creality’s CR-6 SE, which is an amazing feat given this unit’s pricing. 

If you are looking for a user-friendly 3D printer, LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK has you covered.  

Easy Upgrades

As we have mentioned before, the LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK has three upgrade options that are available to its users out of the box. These upgrade kits allow users to provide auto bed-levelling with a 3D Touch or BL Touch add-on, Laser Engraving through the addition of an optional 1.6W laser and bi-colour printing though another simple add-on. 

All of these upgrades are plug and play, requiring no firmware upgrades, soldering, or interference with your printer’s power supply. LOTMAXX has given its users a clear upgrade path, and with that users can throw upgrade anxiety out the window. Users will be able to bu simple upgrade kits which feature all of the screws, mounts and supplies that are needed to make things work. 

Night Mode

One interesting feature of the SC-10 SHARK is its “Night Mode”, a special mode within the printer which enables silent printing. This mode will allow users to slow down the speed of their printer for nighttime printing or whenever quieter operation is preferred. If you are in the middle of a 10-hour print and need to use your 3D printing room for something else, Night Mode could be a godsend. A slower quiet print is much better than a cancelled print.   

User-Friendly Touchscreen control

Sick of bending over to read and adjust the options on your 3D printer? That’s where LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK’s user-friendly touchscreen controller comes into play. Simply lift the printer’s screen from its dock and move it to where you feel most comfortable. This design change is so brilliant that I want it for my own 3D printer. A great idea from LOTMAXX. 

Laser Engraving

Laser engraving Upgrade kits for other 3D printers usually are difficult, if not dangerous, to install. Typically, those who use these upgrades need to disassemble their printer’s electronics to get these kits to work, and even then these kits are problematic when it comes to build quality. 

One example that we know of attaches its laser engraver to a 3D printer’s extruder using magnets, and will only work when users rewire their 3D printer’s power supply. Talk about potential danger. Thankfully, with the LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK, you will have none of those concerns. LOTMAXX supplies a stable mount for its engraving tool and can power their unit using a simple plug and play installation method. The video below showcases how this install process works. 

There’s a lot to like about the LOTMAXX SC-10’s design, from its below-the-unit power supply to its accessible upgrade features. Is what you want from a 3D printer is simplicity; the SC-10 SHARK appears to be a fantastic unit given its Kickstarter pricing. 

With the base unit costing $249 (Early bird prices of $199 and $229 are available) and the fully kitted out version with auto-levelling, bicolour printing and laser-engraving costing $379, you get quite a lot for your money. Most other printers require a lot more work to get these upgrades to function correctly, especially on cheaper units. 

An affordable 3D Printer with a simple upgrade path? The LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK may be what you're looking for

The design features of this 3D printer fills us with excitement, as it makes high-end 3D Printing features and engraving more accessible than ever before. LOTMAXX, if you are reading this, we would love to have a look at one of your printers. 

You can learn more about LOTMAXX’s SC-10 SHARK on the 3D Printer’s Kickstarter page. 

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