miniFactory, a Finnish 3D printer manufacturer, has released the miniFactory Ultra 3D printer for high-temperature materials, such as PEEK and PEKK.
Olli Pihlajamäki, Sales and Marketing Director, explained that high-strength polymers can become warped during printing when build chamber temperature is not controlled.
“PEEK, PEKK and other semi-crystalline polymers require a really sensitive printing process for optimal crystallization. For that the Ultra has unique integrated and automated annealing system which means that after a print job, the machine calculates and perform the optimal annealing process for semi-crystalline polymer parts.”
Printer measurements: 100 x 80 x 100 cm
Build size: 33 x 18 x 18 cm
3D Printing Technology: FDM/FFF
Heated chamber temperature: 250°C
Supported filament materials: Ultra-polymers like PEEK, PEKK, ULTEM (PEI), PPSU and other regular plastic filaments such as PLA, ABS, PLA composites, PHA, PVA, TPE & TPU, PETG
Extruder: a dual extruder for printing with two different materials. The nozzles can handle temperatures up to 480°C
Power: 230V / 16A
Software: Simplify3D (recommended)
The printer is available to buy for $52,634 or €45,000.
3D printing with ULTEM, PEKK and PEEK
As previously reported by 3D Printing Industry, an increasing number of options for using high-grade thermoplastics have become available. Such materials include ULTEM (PEI), PEKK, and PEEK. These polymers offer greater tensile strength and chemical resilience than traditional plastics used in the 3D printing, such as ABS and PLA.
However, 3D printing with polymers like PEEK requires a high melting temperature and a temperature controlled environment. These requirements make it necessary to specifically manufacture 3D printers with such capabilities. miniFactory Ultra is another addition to the family of PEEK 3D printers like the recently launched 3DGence INDUSTRY F340.
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Featured image shows the miniFactory Ultra. Image via miniFactory Ultra.