Zortrax is a 3D printer manufacturer based in Poland. This company was founded by Rafal Tomasiak and Marcin Olchanowski, after the team of two engineers did some extensive work and collaboration around DIY 3D printers.
The team started working on their first desktop 3D printer, the M200, in 2011. To reduce financial risk during the product development phase, they launched a Kickstarter campaign which collected almost $180,000 with 144 backers. The Zortrax M200 shipped in 2013 and encountered a massive international success, culminating with 5,500 units sold in 2015. The Zortrax M200 3D printer is an affordable desktop 3D printer fitted with a heated print bed. The Zortrax has been widely praised for its robustness and reliability.
Lately, Zortrax has been under some criticism for its lack of transparency regarding the Dell case, which occurred back in 2014. Zortrax admitted to lying about the sales of 5,000 M200 3D printers, a deal which never actually closed but was nonetheless used by Zortrax to convince investors and in their communication. Zortrax managed to overcome this bad press by releasing its revenue numbers, which show a huge year on year growth. Zortrax generates approximately 10% of its revenue in Poland, and makes the rest on foreign markets – 38% in the European Union, 52% across the globe.
But Zortrax does not seem to be willing to rest on its laurels: the 3D printer manufacturer knows their flagship M200 has been on the market for 3 years, which is an eternity in the 3D printing world. In September 2016, Zortrax released the M300, a bigger and enhanced version of the M200. The name M300 comes from the maximum build size of this enclosed desktop 3D printer: 300 x 300 x 300mm. The release had been in the pipeline for a few months, along with the launch of another desktop 3D printer called the Inventure.
In September 2016, the complete lineup of Zortrax 3D printers includes:
> The Zortrax M200. This is Zortrax flagship 3D printer, and one of the best selling desktop 3D printer on the market. In option the M200 can be equipped with front and side panels, in order to maintain the build chamber temperature and avoid warping issues.
> The Zortrax M300. Released in September 2016, this extended version of the M200 shares the same advantages, with a bigger build volume. The M300, a newcomer among large build area 3D printers, will be available by the end of the year. The Zortrax M300 is priced around $4,500 (+ tax) so it does not come cheap, targeting professional users who need to 3D print bigger parts. The Zortrax M300 offers side and front panels, for an enclosed build chamber.
>The Zortrax Inventure. This 3D printer will be the high-end model from Zortrax. The Inventure 3D printer launch date is scheduled for January 2017 but this 3D printer has been postponed for so long, we would not be surprised if the launch was delayed again. Compared to the M300, the Inventure is fitted with a dual extruder and has the ability to produce multi materials 3D prints.
In addition to their desktop 3D printers, Zortrax also produces its proprietary 3D filament, including Z-ABS, Z-ULTRAT, Z-GLASS, Z-HIPS, Z-PCABS, Z-PETG and the soon to be released Z-ULTRAT Plus for the Zortrax Inventure. Zortrax 3D printers come with a full software suite, called the Z-SUITE.