SolidWorks World 2010 (Day 1) – Solido 3D Printer for $2950 only

At SolidWorks World Solido announced a drastic price drop in their range of 3D printers. The SD300 Pro Printer is now priced at an unbelievable price of $2950.

To know what the Solido SD300 Pro 3D Printer is all about I strongly suggest that you watch this video.

While the 3D printer itself costs $2950, you will need to spend more for the consumables that you will need to run it. Solido has put together a Value Pack which consists of:

  1. SD300 Pro 3D Printer
  2. 12 month warranty
  3. 12 months free software upgrade and hotline support
  4. 8 (XY) cuttings knives
  5. 4 magnetic pads
  6. 24 modeling kits which include modeling material, glue cartridge and anti-glue cassette (see video to understand this)
  7. Startup kit which includes SDView software used to print to the 3D printer, 2 (XY) cutting knives and 2 magnetic pads.

The Value Pack costs $14,950. In comparison, just the Stratasys uPrint 3D printer is priced at $14,900.

I spoke to Scott Harris, co-founder of SolidWorks and member of the Solido board of Directors. I first met Scott at COFES 2008 and in that one meeting I got a pretty good sense of how excited he was about the happenings in the Rapid Prototyping industry. Scott looked me straight in the eye, pointed to a Solido SD300 Pro 3D printer on a stand and said to me, “You go and find me a 3D printer that prints models like this one does and which is priced less than 10 times as this one. And when you do you call me“.

Jason Barzilay, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Solido, immediately stepped in and said, “But I want you to understand something here. Just because this 3D printer is cheap it not mean that the models it produces are inferior. Here take a look at this“. He then proceeded to grab a bunch of 3D printed models from a tray and began showing them to me – the flexibility, hardness, transparency.

I asked Scott about what he thought about the recent HP-Stratasys deal. He said, “The deal is a good thing for the the industry as a whole. But as far as the product is concerned, there is really no comparison. The industry has not moved much in all these years. It badly needs a game changer and I believe we have one.

Looks like interesting times are ahead in the 3D Printing world.

Jason Barzilay and Scott Harris

The Solido SD300 Pro 3D Printer