Retouch3D is a hand-held heated tool with variable heat settings and interchangeable tips designed specifically for finishing 3D prints. ”Until you own a 3D printer, what you don’t realize is that removing supports and getting rid of printing errors can be frustrating and time-consuming,” said Phil Newman, Founder, 3D 2.0.
“We figured that if heat created a 3D print, then heat would be the best way to clean it up. And that’s how Retouch3D was born.”
Retouch3D’s ergonomic handheld design will allow makers to clean-up 3D prints with the assistance of temperatures matched to the thermal properties of their printing material. Retouch3D will be compatible with the mainstream materials used in 3D printing: PLA, ABS, and resin-based systems.
With its ergonomic design for comfort and precision, Retouch3D combines a control system for accurate and efficient temperature control, with interchangeable tips designed for specific 3D retouching tasks, including:
- Removal of support material
- Refining layer imperfections and stringing
- Blending print surfaces and infill gaps
To account for future materials, Retouch3D’s fine temperature adjustment settings will allow users to increase or decrease heat by small increments.
”We are really excited to launch our project on Kickstarter, and look forward to introducing Retouch3D as a whole new category of product,” said Amanda Hurt, Project Manager at 3D 2.0. “The 3D printing sector is experiencing rapid growth and we expect Retouch3D will dramatically improve the user experience.”
Initially available through Kickstarter, backers have access to a special early bird price of just $149. For early adopters, 3D 2.0 is offering the chance to become a beta tester. Beta testers will exclusively help the company finalize the design of the Retouch3D’s control system and interchangeable tips.
Backers can expect the first Retouch3D units to be available in early 2016, with full market availability following soon after.