By Jonathan Castillo
Figures from market research and business intelligence website Statista reveal a rosy future for the 3D printing market size worldwide. Annual revenues from the global 3D printing market were expected to reach an estimate of USD 14 billion by the end of 2018. Banking on this growth, manufacturers like Dobot is continuously bring new models, such as the Mooz, to the market.
A few years ago, we’ve operated and tested the Dobot Magician, seeing some fascinating results. It’s actually really cool to have a robotic arm in your office or workshop, but it can take up some space while it’s working. Thankfully, Dobot had released some time ago the Mooz. Just like the Magician, the Mooz can 3D print, carve, and laser engrave, with much finer precision.
Straight out of the box, the Mooz comes with more pieces than the Magician. Assembly can come in two different forms, the Mooz 1 and the Mooz 2. Both forms are basically the same. Both can 3D print, CNC carve, and laser engrave. The difference is, the Mooz 1 works faster, whereas the Mooz 2, equipped with two pillars to support the nozzle, works a little bit slower but produces more accurate results.
Assembly can take up anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes. It’s not that complicated. You just need to first remove the motherboard, before setting up its pillars and nozzle. The package also comes with two sizes of hex keys (Allen wrench).
The Mooz comes with its own plate where projects are set and a small touchscreen where you can control the rig even without a PC. From here, you can adjust precision levels from 10, 1, 0.1, and even 0 – yes, zero, that’s how precise the Mooz is.
Laser engraving and CNC carving proved fun, though a bit sophisticated for our casual minds. Though with a bit of studying, we managed to get around every hurdle. If you’re an enthusiast, nothing will stop you from mastering this machine.
We had spent a bulk of our time in 3D printing. We just literally played with it. A small 3D printed dragon with fine detail, which is about the length of a coin, took almost four hours to complete, five hours for a tiny Infinity Gauntle, and almost six for a bust of Luke Skywalker.
Mooz supports third party software when operating 3D printing. Mooz’s manual recommended Cura, and that was what we used. You can find it ready for download in the Dobot Mooz website. As for gathering samples to 3D print, we went to Thingiverse, where we found a bunch of fun stuff to 3D print, even Xenomorphs, from that really old movie, Alien.
To create models for 3D printing, you’d need 3D-making software. In theory, just about any 3D building software should be able to work.
But wait there’s more, here comes the Mooz 3. A far more sophisticated setup of the Mooz, it offers absolute precision and works faster, and it’s exclusive for 3D printing. You will need additional parts from Dobot to be able to build this. One of the benefits of the Mooz 3 is you can color-mix 3D printed models, using two different PLA materials.
One other thing we love about the Mooz is that it’s made of aluminum alloy. It’s being billed as an industrial-grade machine and, because of its build, it really gave us that robust feeling. It packs a weight, but it’s not too heavy as to not be able to move it around with ease.
If you’re interested in 3D printing, now might be the right time to learn more. Industrials across the world are seeing all sorts of potentials in 3D printing, such as building 3D printed houses, bridges, and even body parts for surgeries. Wherever 3D printing is headed in the future, it’s going to be exciting.