You now have the perfect reason to slap on the sideburns, Wayfarers and open up the .STL files of your British-motif 1970 Jaguar E-Type. Today, Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) announces their all-in-one 3D Desktop Printer. SolidSmack was on hand at the Stratasys media event a few weeks ago and got to see first hand the factory tour at Stratasys HQ (sorry folks, no photos allowed), and of course, the new Mojo 3D Printer in action.  

Add a little FDM love to your Desktop

Billed as an accessible model for small firms and teams, the Mojo offers to 3D printing what ink cartridges offered to desktop paper printers back in the day.  So what’s all the fuss?  The Mojo is billed as a  ‘3D Print Pack’, which means that they are including everything you need to get up and running (on a side note, we were shown the process of setting up the Mojo and time-wise it’s comparable to a desktop paper printer) including material and a support-removal system.  At $9,900 (or a lease option at $185 per month), The Mojo 3D Print Pack is the market’s lowest-priced professional-grade complete 3D printing system.  Like other Stratasys 3D printers, the Mojo utilizes a patented FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) System.

How it Works

Let’s say you want to replace the shift knob on that lovely Jaguar with the beautiful form factor of a telly remote. After loading up the file into the sleek Print Wizard software (included), Mojo employs an innovative variation on traditional FDM material extrusion. The ABS material spool and the print head are integrated to a single package, called the QuickPack print engine. A fresh print head is part of each material change to ensure optimal reliability, and material loading is similar to snapping in an inkjet cartridge on a paper printer.

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On your shag rug-covered desktop, the Mojo measures only 25 inches wide and 21 inches deep with a height of 18 inches (64 x 53 x 46 cm). Similar to paper printers, settings are selected at the host computer, not the printer itself. Support material removal is also a simple process with the included WaveWash55. It is a self-contained, hands-free cleaning system, and it requires no plumbing. At the event, the media was shown a very clean and easy process for the object removal and cleaning – a process that looks incredibly easy.

What it Means

Not surprisingly, Mojo is going to shift the landscape for, not only small design houses but also, what’s becoming the ‘increasingly more common’ 3D print hobbyists. While the Makerbot will always have a strong market share thanks to a loyal user base, the Mojo steps up the print-resolution game to create more usable 3D prints with a higher level of detail.

For $185/month, one could replace the motorcycle in their garage with a professional-grade 3D Printer. “The name Mojo implies magic, which is how some describe 3D printing upon first witnessing it,” says Stratasys VP of Global Marketing Jon Cobb. “You can buy a less expensive 3D printer, but for the serious designer or engineer, Mojo is the lowest-priced product that offers professional-quality output, comes as a complete package system, and uses industrial-grade thermoplastic material. I expect this will be of interest not just to engineers and educators, but entrepreneurs and independent designers as well.”

Regardless if you wear purple velvet suits and sing in a band called Ming Tea, the Mojo will definitely increase your mojo.

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.