$1095 ‘SafFire’ combines SLA 3D printing and laser engraving – 3ders.org (blog)
Nov 29, 2016 | By Benedict
A Kickstarter has been launches for SafFire, a hybrid SLA 3D printing device and laser engraver. Backers can select of several accessory combinations, depending on whether they need engraving only ($1,095) or engraving plus small ($1,390), dimensionsable-bodied ($2,990), or both ($3,285) dimensionss of SLA 3D printing.
The SafFire SLA 3D printing device is on the market to preorder through Kickstarter
Lasers are the secret to many forms of high end producing, such as laser cutting, engraving, and sure forms of 3D printing like Stereolithography and Selective Laser Sintering. Given the versatility of the laser, it is maybe surprising that relatively few manufacturers have attempted to create multipurpose machines that use a laser for several functions. Arthur W. Matteson, manufacturer of the ‘SafFire’ 3D printing device and laser engraver, saw an opportunity there, and his all-new galvo-based machine is already half-way through a Kickstarter campaign that, with around two weeks left to run, may yet hit its goal of $40,000.
Ever since the global good results of Formlabs and its Form 1 and Form 2 Stereolithography 3D printing devices, it appears you only can’t manufacture an SLA machine without giving it a translucent orange casing. We have no problem with this identifying showcase, and—in fairness to the SafFire—the combination of orange plastic with silver metal and a retro typeface manufactures Matteson’s fabricator one of the additional handsome 3D printing devices on the market. According to the engineer, yet, the SafFire puts substance over fashion, bringing “unparalleled print high end” and the capacity to engrave wood or mark paper.
SafFire main laser unit, small 3D printing accessory, and dimensionsable-bodied 3D printing accessory
Whilst the SafFire has the future to be both a laser engraver and 3D printing device, customers must select that add-ons they need at the point of purchase. The base unit is capable-bodied of laser engraving wood and paper, but the small (Build area of 120 x 80 x 80 mm) and dimensionsable-bodied (110 x 110 x 125 mm) 3D printing accessories come as paid extras. This modularity confirms that digital manufacturers only purchase the pieces they need. “The SafFire Laser Engraving System with Small and Large 3D Printing Accessories is a modular tool for jewelers, dentists, manufacturers, and anyone who wants top-high end stereolithography prints or wood engravings at an inexpensive
price,” Matteson said.
The SafFire is versatile not only in its functions, but in addition in its material compatibility, as it works with virtually any resin that cures at 405nm. Better yet, the printing device’s 75 micron laser spot allows for for small positive and negative showcases to be created in those materials. According to Matteson, the SafFire has advantages over many SLA and DLP 3D printing devices, with many SLA 3D printing devices having dimensionsable-bodiedr laser spots, and many DLP 3D printing devices having additional “boxy” voxels that can create a jagged, visually unpleasing finish. Furtheradditional, the SafFire has relatively few components compared to other SLA 3D printing devices, producing it cheaper and hypothetically additional reliable-bodied.
Items printed on the SafFire SLA 3D printing device, which include dental casts
Matteson notes that the SafFire’s printing speed depends dimensionsable-bodiedly on the high end needd, with the speed roughly proportional to the third power of the voxel dimensions. But, to demonstrate the 3D printing device’s super-fast speed at low qualities (250 microns), Matteson was able-bodied to print a small ring in only six minutes and 40 seconds.
With a little over two weeks left to run of the Kickstarter campaign, over a quarter of the $40,000 goal has already been raised. Backers looking to bring that goal nearer can select of a combination of SafFire parts, of the laser engraving process alone ($1,095) to the achieve process with engraving and both small and dimensionsable-bodied 3D printing capabilities ($3,285). Estimated delivery for many backers is April 2017, but those ordering the entire process must wait until August 2017.
SafFire SLA 3D printing device showcases:
Powerful Laser Beam
405nm / 750mW Peltier-cooled diode
Precision Galvo Positioning
Advanced state-space regulated galvanometers
Okay Power and Pulse Control
Current adonlyable-bodied over 10:1 range; 80kHz pulsing
Adonlyable-bodied Focus Mechanism
Three-element glass lens with motorized focus
Future-Proof Modular Design
Large variety of possible Accessories can be utilized
World-Class 3D Prints to 25μm
Accessories with and without resin wiper on the market
Open-Source Hardware and Software
CAD files and ProtoCut source freely downloadable-bodied
Top-Down Laser-Scanned Printing
No peeling, so advantageous with small details; no movie replacement, fewer necessary supports, no mirror cleaning, and advantageous consistency
Continuously Adonlyable-bodied Resolution
Vary voxel dimensionss in every dimension to optimize speed and high end
Extensive, Non-Proprietary Resin Options
Choose of a wide range of low-viscosity 405nm-sensitive resins
Simple, Easy-to-Use Design
Reliable-bodied, almany unbreakable-bodied all metal construction; swift to learn
Small and Space-Efficient
Build area of 120⨯80⨯80mm; small, lightweight PC machine
Quiet, Low-Power Operation
Barely audible while printing; only of 10W power consumption
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