Rachel was able to get the low-down on envisionTEC’s new machine while she was away at Euromold. Sitting down with the company’s CEO, Al Siblani, who described to her how the Xede 3SP worked and boasted that it was the fastest system on the market. So, what’s the Xede 3SP all about?
As Rachel pointed out, the ‘3SP’ stands for scan, spin, and selectively photocure. A laser scans the powder bed, while thousands of small mirrors spin at speed and direct light to selectively photocure given areas using Digital Light Processing (DLP technology). The Xede builds off of the Ultra 3SP released earlier this year by increasing the build volume from 10.5” x 7” x 7.6” (266 x 177.8 x 193 mm) to 18” x 18” x 20” (457 x 457 x 457 mm). Al also told Rachel that, printing to fill the entire build volume, the Xede can build at 1 inch per hour with the same resolution that the company is known for, 0.004” (100 μm) in the X and Y axes and 0.002” – 0.004” (50 – 100 μm) in the Z axis.
The company also launched its Perfactory Micro EDU Professional Desktop 3D Printer on Amazon, selling for nine thousand, nine hundred and ninetynine dollars and zero cents or $9,999.00. That’s a lot of moolah, but, for small businesses, the resolution and speed of the Perfactory might well be worth it. Building parts up to 4″ x 3″ x 4″ (100 x 75 x 100 mm) at 0.79″ (20 mm) per hour, the Perfactory Micro EDU can achieve the same resolution as its large industrial machines. Below is a video of the Perfactory Micro EDU in process:
Seems as though manufacturers aren’t just thinking bigger, but smaller as well, perhaps filling in every nook and cranny the market has to offer.