Peopoly, a Hong Kong-based 3D printing manufacturer, has introduced the Phenom, its largest and fastest system to date using Mask Stereolithography (MSLA).
Mark Peng, co-founder of Peopoly stated, “Many of our customers run production on their Moai printers and love the results, but need a printer that is faster and can produce a high volume of prints.”
“Phenom is much faster than our existing laser prints with a low price-point to make this technology accessible for more users and more applications. We’re excited to bring to the market the next generation of resin printers.”
SLA to MSLA
In 2017, Peopoly launched its first SLA 3D printer, the Moai, which used a 150mW UV laser and has a 130 x 130 x 180mm build volume. Following this, the Moai 200 was introduced as a large-format SLA system with a build volume “2.7 times greater than the Formlabs Form 2,” according to the company.
Differing from its predecessors, the Phenom operates using MSLA, which is an LCD+LED approach. This involves selective exposure to sensitive resin with lights masked by
LCD. The technology is said to be faster than SLA when printing a large object or a full plate of small objects as the entire layer is cured in one got, as opposed to a laser curing point by point.
The Phenom integrates Peopoly’s customized light engine which is designed to expand light distribution as well as a cooling system to improve print results while extending the life of the mask. Raiz Lee, co-founder of Peopoly added, “The biggest challenge is how one can build a large resin printer that can consistently produce professional prints and remains affordable for shops and makers.”
“After successfully delivering our Moai printers, we have a strong distribution network in place, and an even more experienced team, we’re in a perfect position to build the next generation of resin printer.”
The Phenom features a 276 x 155 x 400mm build volume and a modular design. A special film processing technique has been incorporated into this 3D printer to reduce the bond between the cured resin and the resin vat. This ultimately improves the print quality of a model.
Moreover, Peopoly has developed resins designed for this new system that demonstrate high impact resistance, and high-temperature resistance. In addition, the Phenom has a pixel resolution of 72 um. Peng continued:
“Our customers can print custom designs of items like custom car parts, research tools, movie props, interior decorations, small-batch productions of miniatures, small run electronic casings, jewelry, and customized wearable items like braces, shoe inserts, and surgical planning props.”
Technical specifications and pricing
Presently, the Phenom is available for $1799 USD. Technical specifications for the system currently offered by the company can be seen in the table below.
|Build Volume||276 x 155 x 400mm|
|Resolution||72um – 20um|
|Print management||Network-enabled for remote print management|
|Materials||Deft Resin by Peopoly|
|System||Modular, Advanced Vat System|
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Featured image shows the Phenom 3D printer. Photo via Peopoly.