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Zortrax is a brand renowned for reliable, efficient 3D printers. Their story started on Kickstarter and their first 3D printer, the M200, is one of the best on the market for business and educational environments. Discover what Zortrax and we have to offer below, and be sure to call us if you need any help on 01765 540 115 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sometimes, layer lines are undesirable - and especially when it comes to prototyping products. The Zortrax Apoller offers a unique solution to the issue - it smooths off models inside a sealed vacuum chamber using vapour. This touchless process results in perfectly smooth models that look as though they were originally injection moulded. No mess, no fuss.
Zortrax calls this technology SVS (Smart Vapor Smoothing). Flawless results are guaranteed every time because the Apoller manages temperature, pressure, and concentration of solvent vapours inside the chamber for you. It’s all automated.
Now we know what you’re thinking … is the Apoller suitable for the materials I’m printing with? The answer is probably. It’s compatible with ALL filaments based on ABS, HIPS, and ASA, regardless of manufacturer. So, don’t believe anyone who tells you it’s only compatible with Zortrax’s proprietary filaments. They’re telling you fibs.
Two types of vapour are needed depending on the materials you 3D print with. ABS and HIPS-based filaments are smoothed using Acetone, while ASA-based filaments are smoothed with MEK (butanone). Models smoothed with Acetone have a glossy finish which perfectly replicates the look of injection moulded parts. Models smoothed with MEK have a matte finish. The two solvents are not interchangeable.
You control the Apoller using the built-in touchscreen, or you can control it remotely over Wi-Fi. It’s easy to setup and even simpler to use. The smoothing chamber has a 300 x 250 x 250 mm (11.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 in) build volume. One of the best features is the recycling function, which condenses excess vapour and sends it back to the tank for reuse.
Importantly, the Apoller conforms to the ATEX 2014/34/EU Directive forexplosive atmospheres, so is completely safe to use in your workshop. It’s a really useful piece of kit which we recommend for hassle-free post-processing.
What People Say
“The Apoller features an intuitive touch interface and an advanced vacuum system for locking in vaporized solvents. WiFi and Ethernet connectivity round the device out as a capable machine for the office environment.”
– Hanna Watkin, All3DP
Founded in 2013, Poland-based 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax boast some of the most popular fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printers on the market.
Zortrax printers are trusted high-performance machines, with the Zortrax brand known the world over for the quality of their hardware and their unique filaments, which are proprietary but offer limitless applications beyond regular ABS and PLA.
Zortrax 3D printers are used within automotive, architecture, engineering and medicine, where the need for good dimensional accuracy and consistency is high. The current range of 3D printers from Zortrax include the M200 and the Inventure. The M200 offers a spacious 200 x 200 x 180 mm build volume with a resolution of 90-400 microns. The Inventure offers the same layer resolution, but a smaller build volume of 140 x 140 x 140 mm.
The Zortrax ecosystem is one of the most special of any, and testament to this is the amazing range of material options. For the M200, Zortrax has developed no less than six unique filaments to cover applications where cost, elasticity, strength, durability, transparency and quality is of paramount importance. All Zortrax printers offer low operating costs and come in at a reasonable price, making them among the best in terms of return on investment.