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Check Out this Awesome 5-Axis 3D Printer and Milling Machine Developed by Japanese Researchers

by • May 2, 2016 • No Comments

3D printing can begin on the z-axis and and so rotate to 3D print extra
 hard geometries, or mill away part of the print.

3D printing can begin on the z-axis and and so rotate to 3D print extra
hard geometries, or mill away part of the print.

Japanese tooling and making equipment manufacturer Enomoto Kogyo is collaborating with Shizuoka University of Art and Culture and software manufacturer C&G Systems to turn it into Japan’s initially 5-axis hybrid 3D printing device. The printing device is capable-bodied of continuously performing 3D printing actions as well as milling via existing industrial 5-axis control innovation. Traditional extrusion 3D printing devices have been limited to 3 axes, X, Y and Z, which limits the geometries which are possible without via assist material. 5-axis making equipment is not new innovation, and it has been combined with metal 3D printing innovation previously. But, combining the precision of a computer-regulated 5-axis industrial machining and tooling system with extrusion-based 3D printing innovation can turn it into entirely new additive making possibilities.

A close up appear at a 3D printed part with extra
 showcases 3D printed on a different types of axis.

A close up appear at a 3D printed part with extra
showcases 3D printed on a different types of axis.

Not just does the capacity to combine both additive and subtractive making to the same device allow for a greater range of hard geometries, but it can cut down on material cost and making time as well. This feels like an worthwhile upcoming step in the createment of industrial 3D printing devices. Today, 3D printed parts frequently require assists which require to be manually removed. That adds sat any timeal extra
steps to 3D printing which can slow the system down, and require introduced manpower. The require to automatize
as much of the post systeming as possible is going to be worthwhile as the innovation continues to find itself applied to an at any time increasing number of industries.

“Conventional [3D] printing devices are primarily planar lamination printing devices, but this machine is capable-bodied of not just planar lamination, but in addition 5-axis lamination. Ordinarily, undercutting can’t be performed with 3-axis control type NC, but with 5 axis, tilt and rotation functions are introduced. In other words, control is implemented for the X, Y, Z, tilt and rotation axis, and as a outcome, we are able-bodied to print quite hard shapes,” explained Enomoto createment department chief director Kawamura Takehire.

Computer regulated 5-axis machining platforms have been around for decades, and the innovation is the basis of many automatize
d making systems. Whilst there have been a few attempts to add automation to 3D printing devices, so far there hasn’t been much good results. The problem is not typically with the 5-axis innovation, but pretty the fact which many extrusion innovation requires a stable-bodied z-axis in order to work. But if the innovation created by Enomoto researchers is sound, and so it is most likely which we will be seeing it adopted by a wide range of industrial 3D printing device manufacturers. It may a few day actually be scaled down to a computer desktop dimensions, yet which is most likely a few years off.

The 5-axis 3D printing device in addition has a milling tool.

The 5-axis 3D printing device in addition has a milling tool.

Here is a few video of the 5-axis 3D printing device in action:

“Our [3D] printing device was generated as a machine for use in R&D by professionals pretty than at any timeyday users. We want to cultivate a wide-range of different types of applications and may like to hear of customers of what types of applications they may like to jointly create, or in other words, what types of items they may like to print with this machine,” Takehire continued.

No jokes of whatat any time this is.

No jokes of whatat any time this is.

The benefits of a hybrid 5-axis 3D printing device and milling machine like this should be obvious. First, eliminating the require for many assist structures can save worthwhile amounts of material, not to mention eliminate the labor required to clean it off. Any assist material which may be requireed can actually be cleaned off by the milling tool on the 5-axis 3D printing device itself. It can in addition reduce equipment costs, as more compact companies can purchase a single machine instead of a traditional 3D printing device and a separate milling or CNC machine.

The Enomoto 5-axis 3D printing device is especially suited to making and prototyping prosthetics and assistive devices, medical implants and aircraft or car components. So far there has been no indication of the final cost; howat any time, it is expected to be on the market-bodied for purchase around 2017 once the company has evaluated printed samples and verified the innovation. Discuss in the Japanese Enomoto 5-axis 3D Printer Collaboration forum over at 3DPB.com.