Texan 3D printing company Essentium has announced a forthcoming FFF 3D printer that can print at speeds up to 1 m/s.
During this weeks RAPID event, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the technology termed High Speed Extrusion (HSE) by the company.
Speaking about the speed of the HSE in a video accompanying the launch, Terry MacNeish, Head of R&D for Machines and also an Essentium Co-founder, said “Basically, if you want a 10% faster car hire a car designer. If you want a ten times faster car, hire a rocket man.”
“Essentium provides solutions at scale, thats the biggest separator between us and the rest of the field,” says Blake Teipel Co-Founder and President at Essentium.“Our vision is to make the manufacturer successful and give them an advantage in the marketplace.
Unlocking industrial applications of additive manufacturing
The High Speed Extrusion platform is an additive manufacturing system that intends to address both the speed and strength issues with traditional FDM/FFF 3D printers. According to Essentium, “Current FDM printers are limited to printing weak parts, at speeds reaching a max of 100mm/s, and with a minimal range of polymers that are not focused on the industrial user.”
This may be slightly understating the speed of FDM printers, with delta printers such as the Delta WASP 20 40 Turbo 2 boasting speeds of 500 mm/s.
At last years RAPID event, 3D Printing Industry saw how Essentium was developing the FlashFuse technology that adds strength in the Z-axis to FDM/FFF 3D prints.
FlashFuse gives the Essentium HSE, “the ability to heat the nozzle from 20 C to 600 C in less than three seconds, making it the only platform to serve as a complete solution to unlock industrial applications of additive manufacturing.”
“We are building parts an order of magnitude bigger than any other extrusion platform in the world” said Teipel.
Essentium HSE technical specifications and pricing
The newly announced HSE 3D printer can print at speeds up to 1M/s. Scheduled for release in Q4 2018, the HSE 3D printer will cost $55,000. The HSE platform also features a heated chamber, capable of reaching 180 C. At launch over 20 3D printable materials will be available.
Further features of the forthcoming 3D printer include:
-Dual independent heads (idex)
-Auto-characterization of certified materials
-Marlin compatible with FANUC extensions
-No belts or pulleys
-Fits seamlessly into G-code ecosystem
The footprint of the HSE platform is 2 meter square x 2 meter tall for printer. Build volume of the Essentium HSE 3D printer is 600 x 510 x 600mm (23.6” x 20” x 23.6”) with Resolution figures provided as 0.100mm in the Z axis and 13µm for X & Y.
Erik Gjovik Chief Product Officer and Co-founder, said, “The dream is, I’m working on a part and I get that thing nailed down and I can say that next part on that bed – that’s production. That’s the goal. It’s a different product, it’s a different product. We start from scratch.”
For more information, visit the company online here or see Essentium at booth 1834 at Rapid.
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Featured image shows the hot-end of the Essentium High Speed Extrusion platform. Image via Essentium.