Helix 3D printer launched on Kickstarter

Helix, a precision additive fabrication machine for professionals. is launched by Acuity Design, Missoula, MT on Oct 22, 2013.



Their vision was to create an affordable, professional-level machine capable of creating short-run production parts and functional prototypes quickly and reliably. Helix is the solution for those that are fed up with consumer-grade 3D printer reliability issues, can’t stomach the high prices of commercial machines and their proprietary materials, or just want the most advanced, versatile and precise open source fused filament 3D printer available.


Large ABS print of University Hall at the University of Montana

Large ABS print of University Hall at the University of Montana


Helix 3d printer features:

  • Engineered for the best marriage of precision and speed
  • 30 liter (more than a cubic foot) build volume with heated bed
  • Dual Exact Retract Extruders – the absolute BEST extruder you can buy
  • Dual all-metal, actively cooled E3D hotends
  • Fused filament technology for convenience, versatility and speed
  • Machined billet aluminum x/y gantry with precision anti-backlash lead screw actuation
  • Beautiful enclosure with large windowed access door and lighted interior
  • Multitude of material choices including ABS, Taulman nylon, PETT, PLA, PVA, HIPS, polycarbonate
  • Autonomous micro-SD card printing with ViKI panel and Azteeg X3 control board
  • Ships fully assembled and calibrated with two spools of filament and software ready to install


Helix Alpha first print:


Helix 3d printer tech specs

Physical Dimensions: 560 mm W x 520 mm D x 750 mm H

Mass: 28.5 kg
Operating Temperature Ranges:
Ambient Operating Temperature: 12˚ to 35˚C
Storage Temperature: 0˚to 35˚C

AC Input: 100-240V, 15-20A, 50-60 Hz
Power Supply (Built-In): 24V, 17A Switching PSU
Connectivity: USB 2.0, Micro SD Card

X/Y Actuation: Thomson Precision Lead Screws and Advanced Anti-Backlash SuperNuts on Precision-Machined 6061 Billet Aluminum Carriers
X/Y linear actuation speed: 200 mm/s optimal, 350 mm/s maximum
X/Y linear actuation resolution: 4 microns
Z Linear Actuation: Thomson Precision Lead Screw and Flange-Mount SuperNut
Z linear actuation speed: 60 mm/s
Z linear actuation resolution: <1 micron
Stepper Motors: 1.8 Degree Step Angle with 1/32 Micro-Stepping
Frame: Anodized 6063-T5 Aluminum Extrusion
Build Platform: High-Temperature Borosilicate Glass with Heated Aluminum Bed on Powder-Coated Steel Chassis
Print Bed Leveling: Tri-Point System (TPS)
Enclosure: Powder-Coated/Brushed 5052 Aluminum with Polycarbonate Window
Maximum Bed Temperature: 110˚C
Maximum Hot End Temperature: 400˚C

Printing Properties:
Print Technology: PAFT (Precision Additive Fabrication Technology)
Print Layer Height: High-Resolution Setting: 100 micron Standard-Resolution Setting: 200 micron
Extruders: All-Metal Hot Ends with Cooling Fans and Built-in Heat Sinks
Build Volume: 30 L (320 mm W x 300 mm L x 310 mm H)
Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
Filament Material Options: ABS, PLA, Taulman 618/645 Nylon, Taulman T-Glase (PETT), PVA, Polycarbonate, HIPS

User Interface and Software:
Control Board: Azteeg X3 with Repetier firmware
Display: ViKI LCD with Rotary Click Encoder and Micro-SD Slot for Autonomous Operation
Software Compatibility: Repetier (recommended) or PronterFace with Slic3r (Cura, KISSlicer, Skeinforge also compatible)
Recommended Supported File Type: .stl, .gcode
Supported OS: Windows (XP/7), MAC OSX (10.6+)

Product Life Cycle:
30 Day Money-Back Guarantee
1 Year Hardware Warranty


The Funding period is between Oct 22, 2013 and Nov 21, 2013 (30 days).

You can visit their Kickstarter page for support and further details.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *