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Uniz Technology touts its Slash 3D printer as 50X faster than others – Computerworld

by • April 5, 2016 • No Comments

The makers of a 3D PC printing device that is definitely garnering attention as a Kickstarter crowdfunding project claim the machine is 50 times faster than other 3D PC printing devices.
The Slash 3D printing device is a stereolithography (SLA) machine, meaning it uses a basin filled with photosensitive resin that is definitely hardened into shapes layer by layer via a concentrated light source.
The 3D printing device, of startup Uniz Technology LLC in San Diego, is on the market for $1,200 to Early Bird backers. At that price, the Slash 3D printing device is the very least expensive SLA machine on the market — actually cheaper than XYZprinting’s Nobel 1.0, that is available for $1,500.
XYZprinting has turn it intod its bones in the 3D printing device market by contributeing inexpensive da Vinci 3D machines; additional than one of its fused-filament fabrication 3D printing devices retail for under $500.Another talked about SLA 3D printing device that got a start on Kickstarter, Formlabs’ Form 1+, is available for $2,800. Formlabs in addition retails a new Form 2 3D printing device for $3,500.
With the lowest price and reported most rapidly speeds, the Slash 3D printing device has would-be buyers flocking to the Kickstarter project; so far, the crowdsourcing campaign has garnered additional than $200,000, four times its original $50,000 goal. And, it yet has 21 days to go.Slash 3D printing deviceUniz TechnologyA section of an Eiffel Tower version demonstrates the pinpoint accuracy the Slash 3D printing device is capable of making.The Slash 3D printing device can turn it into a easy two centimeter-diameter tube at the rate of 10 centimeters in 2.5 minutes — 240 centimeters an hour, according to Uniz Technology CEO Houmin Li.
The Formlabs Form 2 SLA printing device has a turn it into speed of 1 to 3 cm/hr when printing at 100-micron layer thickness. For example, a chess rook takes around one and a half hours to print at the 100 micron layer-height.Another way to measure the Slash 3D printing device’s speed is by the cubic centimeters of light-cured resin it uses per hour (cc/hr). Uniz Technology claims its printing device is capable of hardening 1,000 cc/hr.
By comparison, the Form 2 3D printing device can use 19 cc/hr. An industrial SLA 3D printing device, such as the Carbon3D M1 machine, can harden up to 60 cc/hr. Of course, the Carbon3D M1 has a price tag of around $144,000.
Uniz Technology claims it overcame a speed barrier with its Slash SLA 3D printing device by via a liquid crystal diode (LCD) to harden the photosensitive resin. So, a liquid cooling coil at a lower place the nonstick surface that separates the printed layer of the bottom of the resin vat, keeps it of overheating material during its print cycle.Slash 3D printing deviceUniz TechnologyThe Slash 3D printing device uses an LCD light source to harden photosensitive resin; a liquid cooling coil at a lower place the nonstick surface that separates the printed layer of the bottom of the resin vat keeps it of overheating material during its print cycle.As other SLA printing devices have attempted to improve on print speeds, they have superheated the nonstick layer to 500 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, damaging the material, according to Houmin.
“Before Slash, speeds of 1,000 cc/hr were only achievable with dimensionsable industrial machines that cost over $100,000; now it can be on the market in your home,” Uniz Technology boasts.Slash 3D printing deviceUniz TechnologyA number of objects printed by the Slash SLA 3D printing device.Like the Form 2 SLA printing device, the Slash uses resin cartridges that instantly refill the machine’s tank during the printing system.
As a rule, SLA 3D printing devices contribute far greater resolution (the smoothness and more detail of a printed object’s surface) than fused-filament fabrication 3D printing devices, that extrude layer upon layer of thermoplastic to turn it into an object. All FFF printing devices leave a course- to fine-ribbed surface on printed objects. SLA printing devices, yet, are capable of printing a virtually smooth surface, with finer print layers.Slash 3D printing deviceUniz TechnologyWith a print layer thickness that ranges of 300 to only 10 microns, the Slash SLA 3D printing device is capable of making near microscopic more details.The Slash 3D printing device contributes layer thicknesses of 300, 200, 100, 50, 25 and 10 microns in dimensions (a micron is 1,000 of a millimeter). The Uniz slicer software, that allows for users to import and prepare files for printing, can actually define various Z resolutions, so that one layer can be thicker or thinner than another.
The Slash 3D printing device has a turn it into area of 7.5-in x 4.8-in x 7.8-in. By Comparison, the Formlabs Form 2 SLA 3D printing device contributes a layer thicknesses that range of 25 to 100 microns; it has a turn it into volume (or area) of 5.7-in x 5.7-in x 6.9-in.
The Slash 3D printing device is scheduled to start shipping to early customers in December.


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