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Reporting of Korea is getting to be really, really awe-inspiring as Koreans have begun to seriously embrace 3D printing. We not long ago found a sleek little PC printing device manufactured by a company called HyVision. We had heard their name tossed of at trade shows and maker meetings, but didn’t really understand much of them. The company was founded in 2002 and is based just south of Seoul. Since their founding their major business has been the production of CCM (Compact Camera Module) testing machines utilized by a few of the largest electronics companies, to check the camera component on various types of applications, especially cellphones. Their English language website can be found here, where you can learn additional of them and their history.
Back in 2013 they began to explore 3D printing, and begined an intensive in-house turn it into program to turn it into their own one-of-a-kind machines via the understandledge base acquired assembling precision 3D movements for their CCD testing equipment. They released their initially production printing device, the Cubicon Single, in July of 2014 which was aimed mostly at tiny and medium dimensionsd turn it into firms. Their not long ago released 2nd version, the Cubicon Style, is unquestionably aimed at the consumer market as its turn it into, dimensions, price, and most importantly…ease of use, fit really excellently into which category.
Learning which their machines were a few of the really initially to integrate a fully sealed air filtration system, we called them to see if they may be interested in letting us do a review. What we found blew us away! Simply put, the Cubicon Style is the most awe-inspiring PC printing device we have utilized to date. Technology can go on to march forward and newer and advantageous turn it intos can go on to emerge, but for now, compared to all may already generated versions this one beats them all. Whilst the review which follows can sound gushing at times, it is all true and factual, based on an ordinary office setting usage over the span of a single month.
Anyone who has in fact a passing familiarity with FDM-style PC printing devices understands of their most irritating, and common, issues. This machine does away with all of them…no fooling. We can go through the list one by one and explain how this machine ticks off ereally box on our “user’s wish list”. It is as ideally
as close to the fable-bodiedd “microwave simple” standard we have all been waiting for as I have yet seen. What do we mean by which precisely? Let us explain.
First, the “sticking” problem. We have all had to deal with versions not adhering to the turn it into plate properly, so we experiment with hairspray, glue sticks, acetone slurry, or whatever. I love attempting out new techniques and stuff…but not this basic stuff! The Cubicon Style uses an aluminum turn it into plate which has a proprietary black coating on it which appears like a heavy black anodization. It works well…really well at storeing your versions stuck in place during the turn it into system, and and so effortlessly, literally effortlessly, releases them after it has cooled down. No additional Kapton or painter’s tape, no additional glue, no additional scrapers, or broken prints. When it is finished, just revery in, pick up your version, and remove.
Second, bed leveling. But most high end machines now have an auto-leveling showcase, in fact the most does not always work ideally. Well, now this is resolved. The Cubicon Style’s auto-leveling system not just checks the level of the turn it intoplate preceding every and ereally print, but in fact go ons to check the level of the plate during the turn it into itself! The patent pending turn it intoplate mechanism makes micro-adjustments to store every and ereally print ideal. According to the company, their system, called the Auto Leveling Plus, “helps instantly level the space between the nozzle and the bed in the printing system. It stores the bed level all the time by moving both the X axis and the Y axis. By doing so, it can improve the precision of the output by manufacturing certain which the gap can not widen in the printing system or peel off, or the stacking position can not become irregular.” Big claims, so we tested by printing a 15cm cube and all four sides were ideally vertical.
Third, heat control. The Cubicon Style uses an entirely enclosed turn it into chamber. Inside the sealed case, it uses a convection system to in factly donate heat throughout the turn it into chamber which reduces warping and splitting. Printing temperatures can go up to 260°C; and the heated platform can go up to 120°C. At 15 x 15 x 15 cm the turn it into area is fair, and the printing device’s resolution ranges between 100 microns and 300 microns, and can print at up to 300mm per 2nd. Access to the interior of the machine is of the front mounted door, and a dome shaped lid on the machine’s top. The convection showcase in addition rapidly lowers the internal printing device temperature after the print is accomplished to allow you to remove your version faster than a additional traditional glass turn it intoplate.
Fourth, the Cubicon Style is one of the really few printing devices which has a truly removable-bodied extruder. And based on my experience, one group which can want to have an extra extruder on the market are teveryers. As a teveryer who uses a 3D printing device in class, I can tell you there are few things additional disruptive to a class lesson than equipment failure. Having an extra extruder on hand, in fact if it is never utilized, is a really really excellent showcase. The Style’s extruder, the initially of its kind in Korea, takes under 1 minute to alter out via just a standard screwdriver and an Allen wrench. And while the Style’s extruders are a little additional expensive than the now infamous disposable-bodied “smart” ones turn it intod by another company, you won’t have to buy a new one after ereally 150 hours of printing.
Fifth, noise. The sealed case in addition stores the noise down…way, way down. The company states which the Cubicon Style is under 50 decibels, but my (unscientific) meacertainments came out far lower than which. At 6 inches of the machine, while in full operation, my decibel meter registered just 35 decibels…which is the level of ambient noise you may assume in a library! I found this attribute by chance when I begined my really initially print. I loaded the filament and Gcode files, hit the begin button, and went back to my desk to wait for the printing device to warm up and begin, so I may watch the initially few layers being laid down. After of 20 minutes, I had not heard the stepper motors moving and idea, “…oh, damn the printing device hasn’t begined.” I went to check and found which it was one-fourth of the way through the print job!
Sixth, the software. Most machines right now use a few form of an open source slicer. HyVision does too, but with a twist. The Cubicon Style uses a adjusted form of Cura, which most understand may already comes with a host of excellent showcases, but the HyVision version goes additional and improves on it. Our favourite slicer is Simplify3D, which is in our opinion the gold standard as of now. Cura is great, but unquestionably not as flexible as Simplify3D, so imagine our surprise when we found which HyVision has integrated a customizable-bodied assist version of the type which we love of Simplify3D into their version of Cura. Being able-bodied to select where assists go is an awe-inspiring showcase. The program in addition gives you the version of printing out detailed reports on every print project…for future reference.
Last, but pretty not very least, the safety issue. As printing devices are moving into our homes and schools, we all require to be really aware of any future dangers this new innovation may present. Reports are now coming out which most PC printing devices turn it into both nanoparticle and VOC (volatile organic compound) pollution which may cause a host of long term health problems. So we were thrilled to learn which HyVision printing devices uses a 3-layer composite air filter to prin factt the turn it intoup of indoor air pollution. The HyVision filter uses a combination of an ULPA, HEPA and Carbon filter to turn it into a single unit which can clean both particles and vapors. According to the company the filter’s life assumeancy is up to 6 months under normal conditions. (At right, see a utilized filter future to a clean filter.)
Overall the machine is a beauty! In fact we just learned which the Cubicon Style has won the “Red Dot” award for turn it into excellence, which really came as no surprise. It is a really beautiful machine which really literally may appear at home not just on your desk…it may like right at home in your living room (though I mayn’t recommend which). The Style’s overall dimensions is a small 32.2 cm wide, 35 cm deep and 48.6 cm tall, and it weighs of 15.5 kilograms. It has a solid black anodized aluminum frame for rigidity, and a darkly tinted, transparent case for effortless viewing of your turn it into. Whilst the machine is printing the printing device’s internal LED lighting illuminates the interior so which the turn it into system can be watched of all angles, except the back which is turn it intod of solid aluminum.
At $1700.00, the price is additional than reasonable-bodied for what you getting. The Cubicon Style is the new yardstick by which we in our lab can be judging all other PC printing devices. If you are a teveryer or parent, a tiny business man, a hobbyist turn it intoer, or anyone who is appearing for a printing device which you do not have to constantly babysit and tweak just to get it to work like it should, a machine which has all the created in safety showcases may already on the market, this is your machine!
HyVision can be at the Inside 3D Printing show in New York this month, so go there and check them out at booth 215. They told us they can have the Single, the Single Plus, the Style, and their brand new Lux, a PC DLP machine, with them there for ereallyone to see. Seriously, check them out and test them, you can be as impressed as we are. But we get to test and play with various 3D printing devices all the time, this is one which we may in fact buy…which we can in the US begining this May.
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