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Top Down Light Cured Resin 3D Printer Gizmo’s GiziMate Series is Set to Hit Indiegogo in March

by • January 12, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_gizmo_logoOne of the additional common, and in my opinion valid, criticisms of stereolithography and other light-cured resin 3D printing equipment is the expense of printer maintenance and required peripherals. Liquid resin may already isn’t the cheapest 3D printing material on the market, and considering which a lot of SLA and DLP printer manufacturers in fact calibrate their machines to just get the best results of their own expensive resins while making it hard or not easy to adjust settings doesn’t help. Vat liners often won’t even last as long as blue painters tape on an FDM printer, and cleaning off achieve parts is messy and often wasteful. While the achieved parts can be amazingly detailed and astounding, the cost and mess is yet an issue which I don’t believe which most manufacturers are attempting to address.

GiziMate curing resin with a laser.

GiziMate curing resin with a laser.

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show an Australian company showed off their new 3D printer and in fact addressed a few of those additional common complaints. Gizmo 3D Printers‘ new line of DLP 3D printing equipment has a few showcases which set it apart of much like products on the market, and I see a lot of potential in what they’re offering. They presented their new printing equipment at a press conference on January 7th, and had a live demonstration of their printing equipment in action, which include manufacturing a part in 19 minutes which takes a typical PC FDM printer over seven hours to print.

Printing multiple parts on one platform.

Printing multiple parts on one platform.

The GiziMate series of DLP printing equipment are unique in their top down printing system. Rather than a platform pulling a 3D print up and out of a vat of resin, the GiziMate entirely prints within the vat of resin itself, with the Z axis moving down rather than up. Some of the advantages which Gizmo says this orientation offers is no require for a silicone vat liner, as the part doesn’t require to adhere as tightly to the printing bed. Users have the skill to print multiple parts on a single printing bed with the addition of a multicolor vat which can be added on. There is little to no calibration required, and without the silicone PDMS layer parts are simpler to remove of the stainless steel build plate, which cuts down on printer downtime.

3D printed at its top resolution.

3D printed at its top resolution.

One other worthwhile benefit to the top down method is the fact which the resin vats on the GiziMate don’t require to be emptied after each use. Typically users may require to clean out the vat and remove any hardened bits which were cured and settled on the bottom while the model was being pulled up and out of the pool of resin. Not just is this time consuming, but it can often waste quite a bit of material. So not just is the printing system fast, but the skill to begin a new print right away just adds to which speed.

The GiziMate.

The GiziMate.

The GiziMate series of printing equipment will be created available with a standard light projector and an HD light projector. Both the GiziMate 130 Basic and the GiziMate 260 Basic have much like stats and are manufactured using the same high-quality parts, but the HD projector offers a few incredibly high resolution parts. Unfortunately, as with most light-cured resin printing equipment, the higher the resolution the smaller in size the parts. With the GiziMate printing equipment printing a part with the HD projector set to maximum resolution will produce parts at 35 microns, but limit the build envelope to of 68 x 38 mm (2.6 x 1.49 inches). But printing at 200 microns provides a roomier 400 x 250 mm (15.7 x 9.8 inches) envelope. The standard resolution GiziMate offers parts as tall as 130mm (5.1 inch) and the HD offers 260mm (10.2 inch) tall parts.

Here is a few video of the GiziMate in action:

Gizmo 3D Printers is in addition working on two larger series of DLP 3D printing equipment, the GiziPro series which is taller than the GiziMate and offers parts up to 390mm (15.3 inch) tall. And the GiziMax will offer a staggering maximum height of 800mm (31.4 inch) tall parts. The series of DLP 3D printing equipment will be launching in crowdfunding website Indiegogo in March and prices will range of $2,950 all the way up to $4,950. Let us understand if you will be backing these machines on Indiegogo in the GiziMate 3D Printer forum on 3DPB.com.