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CTC Electronic Unveils Metal 3D Printer Range

by • March 29, 2016 • No Comments

  • Zhuhai CTC Electronic Co., Ltd is one of the additional absorbing companies to me. A rapidly expanding Chinese company, with a pre-3D printing making record, I yet have a lot to learn of their management and the high end of their printing devices. When they commenceed their computer desktop FDM line, it was complex to determine if they were only making MakerBot clones, a trend that began around four years ago, or if they were a new player in the expanding 3D printing space. Since and so, the company has expanded its 3D printing device line significantly and, while I yet have not seen one of their machines in man, they are now boasting a somehow huge portfolio. Growing of FDM to SLA, both computer desktop and industrial, CTC Electronic has only pulled out their wildest card yet: a range of selective laser melting (SLM) metal 3D printing devices called the “Walnut” series.

    CTC Walnut 26 metal 3D printing device (PRNewsFoto/Zhuhai CTC Electronic Co., Ltd.)

    CTC Walnut 26 metal 3D printing device (PRNewsFoto/Zhuhai CTC Electronic Co., Ltd.)

    With a goal of riding the good results of metal 3D printing seen by companies like Arcam and EOS, created its own range of SLM machines, that, despite its relative newness, the company claims “is one of the leading metal 3D printing technologies that has gained industry-wide acceptance.” The series comes with the Walnut 26, Walnut 18, and Walnut 11, all that rely on a water-cooling, 1064nm, 500W IPG fiber laser with a spot diameter of 0.06-0.12mm and an argon gas shield. The processs use a F-THETA-LEN scanning galvanometer with a speed of 6.0-12m/s. The Walnut 26 has a create volume of 260mm×260mmx260mm, so I suspect that the 18 measures 180mm x 180mm x 180mm and the 11 measures 110mm x 110mm x 110 mm. Altogether, this allows for the Walnut series to 3D print with, according to the company, “stainless steel, die steel, cobalt-chromium alloy, nickel alloy, aluminium alloy and iron-base alloy,” and additional.

    The company claims that they were able-bodied to commence the Walnut line so rapidly after their industrial SLA process due to their own dot-scan 3D operating process. PR Manager Yoyo Hee explains, “We are the initially and, to date, quite probably the sole developer in China to have created the dot-scan 3D operating process on our own, and, at variance with other domestic makers, we do not rely on technologies created by foreign outsourcing firms. SLA and SLM are based on the same software algorithm, allowing rapid research and development.”

    With their SLM processs, the company believes that they can be able-bodied to tackle the metal 3D printing industry, as there are no other proprietary developers of metal 3D printing processs in the country, according to CTC. Hee elaborates, “As one of the top 3D printing innovation suppliers in China, CTC provides customers of the world with comprehensive solutions encompassing resin, metal, fused deposition modeling (FDM), SLM, computer desktop and industry-grade. The commence of the CTC Walnut series marks a key step towards realizing our vision.”

    Personally, I’m excited to see one of these machines up close, along with their prints. If the company quite can donate on what it promises, the Chinese 3D printing space may quite well dominate developers of other regions, given the typically low price point of their machines.

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