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SLASH 3D Printer Promises Faster Speeds than Carbon 3D

by • March 30, 2016 • No Comments

  • The computer desktop 3D printing revolution has been underway for years now, but it’s revealing no signs of slowing down. As the hype bubble burst, new companies require to bring truly compelling showcases to the scene in order to acquire the same attention. Whilst companies like Solido3D can do this with a novel, affordable platform, others, like Carbon, impress with speed. A San Diego startup called UNIZ has chosen the latter approach with their SLASH 3D printing device, which reached its $50,000 Kickstarter goal inside four hours of commenceing on Tuesday March 29th.

    SLASH LCD SLA 3D Printer of UNIZ

    How’d the SLASH manage to get its funding so rapidly? Likely for the reason of its high speed 3D printing claims. With printing speeds of 1000 cc/hr, this SLA system, UNIZ suggests, is 50X swifter than any other computer desktop 3D printing device. That’s right; actually swifter than Carbon’s CLIP innovation. It does so by replacing the projector of a DLP system with an array of LCD lights and adding a liquid cooling mechanism.

    But companies like Owl Works have achieved high speeds with its own variation, an LED method, the liquid cooling is what empowers for actually additional rapid 3D printing. The UNIZ team writes:

    When printing dimensionsable solid objects at high speed, the temperature can shortly reach 500-600 Fahrenheit and damages the interface material. Without addressing this problem, the printing device cannot go any swifter. The DLP printing devices’ future for swift prints is hamstrung by its optical path structure, which must stay unobstructed and it limits how much heat can be extracted of the interface. To overcome this problem, we use LCD contact exposure method which allows for us to integrate liquid cooling as near to the interface as possible. This allows for dimensionsable amount of heat to be extracted and empowers dimensionsable solid objects being printed at high speed, and thus achieving higher speed than many other computer desktop 3D printing devices.

    In addition to speed, the SLASH has a competitive print volume for an SLA machine. It may not have the same huge dimensions as the Morpheus, but, at 7.5″ x 4.8″ x 7.8″, it is slightly dimensionsabler than the 5.7″ x 5.7″ x 6.9″ print volume of the Form 2. At the same time, it of than half the price. All of the $999 Super Early Bird systems may be gone; yet, there are a lot of $1,199 Early Bird systems left, which is $2,000 cheaper than the Form 2. With 10 micron layer thicknesses, it in addition beats the Form 2 in terms of Z-axis resolution, yet this is not really as satisfactory as Carbon’s CLIP innovation.

    SLASH LCD SLA 3D Printer of UNIZ resolution

    Other showcases include WiFi capabilities and a “touch-to-print” ecosystem, which all but consists of a mobile app populated with 3D models which can be purchased and sent to the SLASH for 3D printing. Their slicing software in addition allows for for, in addition to smart assist generation, custom settings for variable resolution throughout a print on the Z-axis. So, for less detailed parts, resolution can be adjusted for swift printing, and return to a slightly less swift mode for additional crucial details. SLASH in addition uses what UNIZ says is a “specially engineered polymer vat showcasing passive peeling and 1,000 hr (300,000 layers) vat life, which is 10 to 100 times additional durable than PDMS-based vats.”

    SLASH LCD SLA 3D Printer of UNIZ software

    In terms of materials, UNIZ is beginning with their own zABS material, which has been engineered to cure rapidly with 45 MPa durablity, 300 MPa modulus, and 4% elongation to break. The company plans to release additional materials after commence, which include a variety of colors, flexible resins, “industrial grade [tough]” materials, and wax-like resins. These resins are stored in cartridges which instantly refill the resin tank during the printing system.

    SLASH LCD SLA 3D Printer of UNIZ in workshop

    Founder of UNIZ, Houmin Li, said of the campaign’s good results, “The response and feedback which we’ve had of the Kickstarter community so early on has been rad. We’re excited to be producing 3D printing at any time additional accessible, and creating a high end product which the at any timeyday man can use is a dream – we can’t wait to see what individuals create once we go into production!”

    As with all crowdfunding campaigns, there is a risk which the product can nat any time manufacture it to your doorstep. The UNIZ team, which is a dimensionsable one according to the KS page, claims to have all of its suppliers set up and just require the resources to commence their plans. For the sake of all of its backers, and the 3D printing industry as a whole, I wish UNIZ the most of luck. The SLASH appears like it may be a game-changer, if it delivers, and we’d all love to see 3D printing speed up for all of us sooner pretty than later. To learn additional, head to their Kickstarter campaign here.

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