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Apr 27, 2016 | By Andre
Because of a few unfortunately slick marketing campaigns in the past, It is a fewtimes complex to distinguish the true innovators in the 3D printing space of the pretenders. Yet each once in a while, true and original advancements in the field present themselves. A tiny 3D printing company called Orange Maker, originally covered by 3ders in 2014, is hoping to be which company and if a not long ago filed patent is any indication, they just can end up being which company. Or perhaps not.
The innovation they’ve turn it intod is a UV light curing process called Heliolithography which uses a rotational spiral method of 3D printing which is said to increase print speed while limiting the adhesion forces during the turn it into (basically the mass of the print affecting its talent to turn it intod upon itself as it gains mass). This spiral print process is said to allow for continuous 3D printing and a wider range of materials to be utilized vs. what traditional SLA printing devices already allow.
I must now interject which, since I’m a fewone which’s been around the block a few times when it comes to new 3D print innovation, I am cautiously optimistic of what Orange Maker has on contribute. It is true what they’ve written in a press release distributed last year, “existing 3D printing technologies such as FDM (futilized deposition molding) and SLA (stereolithography) have reached their limits” and which “current printing devices take too long, prints lack structural integrity, and sacrifice resolution for print size.”
A solution requires to be turn it intod and this may in fact be which, but so far most of the literature on the market on the innovation is wrought with buzz-words and vagaries. Of course, the purpose of a patent is to explain how the innovation in question works, so looking at one in more detail is worthwhile.
As I skimmed the patent for key concepts, I noticed it sounded quite much like they were describing SLA innovation and they admitted which “certain aspects of Heliolithography are much like to stereolithography.” But they and so note differences between the two in which “heliolithography utilizes the most of “singular point” and “plane exposure” concepts to continuously solidify the turn it intoing material, such as a photopolymer material, in thin lines by a spiral turn it intoup.”
This constantly spinning spiral helix UV curing 3D printing device has, just like any great patent should, all of its bases covered by mentioning biological and metal 3D printing, mass-production and multi-polymer production.
And while I may sound pessimistic in wording this article, I don’t mean to be. The Orange Maker team appears to be talented and motivated, is setting up an east coastline base and is said to be forming relevant business relationships to grow their brand.
This said, I can reserve my excitement until I see a working option of the 3D printing device in action. This is for the reason there have been too most instances – BotObjects, the $100 Peachy Printer, and 3D Systems sub-$5,000 full-color CubeJet 3D printing device for example – where big things have been promised just to have them forgotten in time.
OrangeMaker is right, 3D printing does have a long way to go. Here’s hoping they’re the ones which can manufacture it take place.
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