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3D printers have been in use in the manufacturing industry for more than thirty years, but it is only really in the last ten that the market has opened itself up to other applications on a large scale, such as mould making for investment casting and tooling. Applications are also emerging for the medical and dental fields.
All of which is to say, 3D printing is no longer constrained by manufacturing limitations or design complexity; and as a result, it is seeing incredible growth.
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The Industry F340 is a reliable, robust extrusion based 3D printer that is capable of producing parts in a range of materials to a very high standard. The F340 has a number of key features that make this possible, read on to find out more.
A key feature, an enclosed print chamber is a must for any 3D printer wanting to print ABS prints - particularly larger prints or flat shapes when warping is more likely to occur. The F340 has produced the best ABS prints we have ever seen. It also includes an air filter which means it can get rid of any nasty odours.
The F340 has 4 interchangeable print modules: Pro, HF, HT and HT Max. Each print module is designed for a different temperature range or material set.
With the Pro print module you can use a water soluble material to remove your support material. However, this is not possible in all cases, for example with the HT and HT Max modules. In this case the F340 prints in a special pattern that allows you to simply break away the support material, often with just your hands, to leave a clean, unscarred finish. Check out the video above to see what we mean.
The F340 has a number of different material management features that make it easier to use and more reliable, these include:
The F340 comes with a humidity controlled material chamber so that your material doesn't degrade over time.
What People Say
“What separates the INDUSTRY F340 from the crowd is its ability to create high quality, very accurate and detailed prints effortlessly”
– Michael Petch, Editor-in-chief, 3D Printing Industry
“One of the big draws of this printer for us was the wide range of materials that can be printed on it. This is enabled by the various print heads that can be interchangedquickly and easily, allowing us to print polymers from 185°C all the way up to 500°C.”
– Dr. Lewys Jones, Trinity College Dublin
The best 3D printers fabricate models and parts that are true to design. In other words, models and parts that are a perfect physical representation of the digital model drawn in CAD. To achieve this high degree of dimensional accuracy, printers must produce a very fine edge across the build area. This is how we perceive parts to be high quality or not when we look at them and inspect them.
Of course, multiple variables determine how fine that edge is, and you cannot always rely on the quantitative values manufacturers place on their 3D printers. If we did, every printer on the market would be pinpoint accurate.
When you are shopping for your next printer, consider this: accuracy is the value that determines how close a 3D printed part is to its digital drawing. Precision refers to the repeatability experience of a printer, or how reliable the printing experience is. If you want a consistently good 3D printing experience, you need both.
The two most common 3D printer technologies are FFF and SLA.
The most common technology is fused filament fabrication (FFF), also known as fused deposition modelling (FDM). Both technologies are in fact one in the same.
These 3D printers are the lowest cost. They melt a plastic and extrude it layer-by-layer to build up models from nothing. This process is traditionally best suited to low-cost prototyping, but advancements in technology mean this is no longer the case. There’re more variables that can affect the quality of a print with FFF than SLA, but solutions like an enclosed build chamber and heated build plate reduce this.
SLA (stereolithography) 3D printers use a laser to cure resin (liquid plastic) onto the build platform in desired areas.
Unlike with an FFF 3D printed part, parts printed by an SLA 3D printer need to be post-processed with UV light. This cures the resin, causing it to solidify and reach the mechanical properties required for the application. The method of production is cure, peel, raise, with the laser curing the resin layer by layer; the peel mechanism lifting each new layer off the surface; and the raising action allowing new resin to flow under the build platform.
3D printers are available in all shapes and sizes to suit any project, but there are two common classes: desktop, and large-format.
Desktop printers do exactly what they say on the tin - they fit on a desktop (or most workspaces) and take up around the same footprint as a large LaserJet printer. Large-format printers are four or five times bigger, enabling you to manufacture models and parts like car bumpers and snowboards in one go.
You’ll find the bigger you go, the rarer photopolymer technologies like SLA and DLP (digital light processing) become. This is because they get very expensive as you scale up. Most large-format 3D printers are of the FFF variety because the technology is cheaper and easier to produce on a large, industrial scale.