Industrial 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems has announced a whole slew of new products for its additive manufacturing business.
The launch includes two new laser-based 3D printers, the SLA 750 and SLA 750 Dual, as well as the new Accura AMX Durable Natural 3D printing resin, the PostCure 1050 post-processing system, and the new Oqton Manufacturing OS to tie it all together.
Designed to address every stage of the 3D printing workflow, the comprehensive package is built for large-format and high-volume production applications in sectors such as automotive, consumer goods, aerospace, and healthcare. According to 3D Systems, its new product suite can enable SLA batch production at up to three times the throughput of competing resin 3D printing platforms.
“I see the launch of this new platform – which includes a synchronous dual-laser option, Accura materials, and the specialized curing oven – as an example of how we are executing on a global AM strategy that focuses on our strengths,” said Dr. David Leigh, Executive VP & CTO for additive manufacturing at 3D Systems.
The SLA 750 and SLA 750 Dual 3D printers
3D Systems’ latest printers aim to combine size, speed, and resolution for high-performance end-use applications. Available in two configurations, the SLA 750 packs a single 4W laser while the SLA 750 Dual is a dual-laser system for double the print speed. The former is fully field-upgradeable to the latter.
Featuring a build volume measuring 750 x 750 x 550 mm, the SLA 750 range is 15% larger than 3D Systems’ previous models. The systems are also equipped with self-calibrating dual-rail recoaters to improve process reliability and part quality.
Additionally, the company has integrated what it calls Hyper-Scan vector technology, a proprietary scanning algorithm that optimizes parameters such as laser focus, power, and vector motor kinematics.
On the software side, the SLA 750 systems will include 3D Sprint, an all-in-one software program for print preparation and optimization. They’ll also utilize the new cloud-based, AI-powered Oqton Manufacturing OS to enable users to schedule production processes, as well as connect to other machines for full traceability on the shop floor.
Accura AMX Durable Natural 3D printing resin
To complement the SLA 750 systems, 3D Systems has also expanded its materials range with the new Accura AMX Durable Natural resin. Combining impact resistance, tear strength, and high elongation at break, the material is designed to withstand repeated high mechanical loads and shocks.
The company has already tested the material in accordance with ASTM D4329 and ASTM G194 for indoor mechanical performance for up to eight years and outdoor weathering stability for up to 1.5 years. The resin is also isotropic and offers similar stress/strain toughness characteristics to standard thermoplastics.
Accura AMX Durable Natural is well suited to the printing of large and complex mandrel tooling cores for cooling ducts, pipes, and manifolds.
PostCure 1050 post-processing station
Finally, the new PostCure 1050 is an industrial post-processing system capable of drying and curing large batches of resin parts at high speeds. The station features a processing volume of 1050mm x 750mm x 600mm.
Designed to deliver cure times 5x faster than competing post-processing systems, the PostCure 1050 boasts long-life LED light sources, consistent 360° light uniformity, automatic detection and alert of light failures, and a one-step light output calibration routine. Users are also able to modify the UV intensity and adjust the heat of the actively cooled LEDs.
PostCure 1050 is compatible with all of 3D Systems’ resin 3D printers and materials.
Technical specifications and pricing
Below are the technical specifications for the SLA 750 3D printer – the SLA 750 is set to launch in Q2 2022, while the SLA 750 Dual is planned for Q4 2022. Contact 3D Systems for a quote.
Accura AMX Durable Natural resin is available to order now. The PostCure 1050 is set to launch in Q3 2022.
|750 x 750 x 550mm
|4W (single or dual)
|0.125 – 1mm
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Featured image shows the SLA 750 Dual 3D printer. Photo via 3D Systems.