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The Fixer3D From 3DFacture Repairs, Adheres, and Cures With One Small Pen

by • March 1, 2016 • No Comments

cropped-logo2If you ask manufacturers what their very least favourite part of the 3D printing system is, a lot of them can most likely point to post-systeming as the most hair-pullingly stressful phase.There’s nothing like the frustration of a mostly successful print job ruined by small mistakes in the end stages. Unfortunately, that can be a common occurrence, especially for beginners, and especially when assists are involved. Supports are rad things that allow the printing of objects that may otherwise collapse during printing, but they tend to leave little defects in the surface of the finished version. Fixing these defects is time-consuming, complex, and can lead to disasters that leave you wishing you had just left the imperfect surface alone.

eifThe usual method of repair is to draw a few liquid resin into a syringe and and so inject it into the surface defects, curing it with UV light in the form of sunlight or a lamp. Syringes, yet, can be unpredictable tools. How most times have you attempted to carefully release just a drop of resin into a small surface nick, just to have the liquid squirt everywhere, blobbing up your almost-perfect print? Too most times, says 3D printing device developer 3DFacture, and so they made a tool to manufacture repairs neat, effortless, and flawless.

The Fixer3D is a fewthing like a whiteout pen for 3D prints. An automatic, programmable syringe pump, powered by a micro step motor, injects small drops of resin into the defect; you can control it to release one drop at a time, or continuous streams for sizeabler errors. It is much additional controllable than an ordinary syringe, but if you do accidentally release too much resin, not to worry – the Fixer can suck it right back up. The other end of the pen contains a small LED UV light so you can automatically cure the resin.

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The Fixer3D works on any UV curable resin, but defect repair is just one of its possible applications. It can in addition be utilized as a glue for piecing together sizeable, multi-part prints, and, according to the 3DFacture team, it can assist as an adhesive for non-printed objects as well: plastic, wood, metal, actually fabric. They in addition suggest via it to insulate or repair electronic components on a circuit board, or actually as a exact mini-extruder for small 3D prints. The cordless tool is powered by a lithium ion battery that can be charged via USB cable.

The Fixer3D is already gathering funds on Kickstarter; with over a month left to reach their modest goal of $5,000, I’d be surprised if they don’t manufacture it. This is not 3DFacture’s initially Kickstarter campaign; last year they that successfully raised over $100,000 for their new Draken 3D printing device. There’s a lot of incentive to assist the new campaign: for a contribution of $99 you will get a Fixer3D plus four syringes, four interalterable tips, a USB cable, and four sanding sheets. That’s the early bird reward, yet; already there are eight slots left, after that the required contribution can go up to $129. $149 can get you the same box, but with your syringes pre-filled with UV resin. Contribute $299 and you will get beta tester status; you will obtain one Fixer for beta testing and and so another after production is finished, plus ten syringes, tips, and sanding sheets.

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Additionally, the Fixer’s firmware is open-source so that you can customize it. You can alter the pre-programmed speeds, curing time, operating sequence or additional. It quite looks like a handy little tool that can manufacture a excellent addition to your printing supplies; check out the video at a lower place to see it in action.