Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics giant known for its smartphones among other things, has announced its entry into the 3D printing market with the launch of its first 3D printer. A special feature of the Resin 3D printer is said to be the print-and-cure function, which allows prints to be cured directly in the device using the same light system.
In addition, Xiaomi’s Mijia 3D printer features an automatic system for feeding and recovering the 3D printed resin. The printer features a build volume of 118 x 65 x 160 mm. Xiaomi is also touting the device’s AI features that automatically generate printing parameters, eliminating the need for manual adjustments.
The new DLP 3D printer will be released under Xiaomi’s Mijia brand and is currently available on the company’s crowdfunding platform, Xiaomi Youpin. The crowdfunding price is 1699 yuan (about 215 euros), while the retail price is expected to increase to 1999 yuan (253 euros) after the crowdfunding campaign is completed. The product is expected to be available in China from August 10 and is also compatible with the Mijia app, which allows remote monitoring and control of the printing process.
An exact date for the sales launch in Europe or the US has not been announced yet. Typically, Xiaomi products are priced lower in China, so European prices for the 3D printer are expected to be higher. Still, Xiaomi’s new foray into 3D printing could shake up the consumer resin 3D printer market. After all, in just a few years, the Chinese company has become the third largest cell phone manufacturer in the world, just behind Samsung and Apple.