Nov.3, 2014

ROKIT Inc., the leading desktop 3D printer manufacturer in Korea announced today that it has developed the world's first desktop 3D printer capable of printing high strength and heat resistant engineering plastic.

The capacity to 3D print high strength engineering plastic has been realized by ROKIT's 3DISON PRO AEP (which stands for Advanced Engineering Plastic) 3D printer. It's the first time a desktop 3D printer has ever been capable of doing this, and usually it involves a high-cost, industrial level 3D printer.

3DISON PRO AEP 3D printer features an aluminum frame, powerful heat resistant plastic parts and an advanced cooling system. Its nozzle can be heated up to 250°C, and its heated bed is designed to heat up to an optimal 200°C degree temperature.

According to ROKIT, experts from the industry have assessed this innovation, and have argued that 3DISON AEP 3D printer is breaking new ground in the field of additive manufacturing by actually using engineering plastic in the 3D printing process.

ROKIT is planning to unveil this technological breakthrough at the "Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo in Shanghai", which will be held from 4 to 5 November. Seok-Hwan You, the CEO of ROKIT, will give a lecture on the subject entitled "The developmental strategy and chances for success of Korea 3D printer industry".

Furthermore, ROKIT has also developed the PEI ULTEM 9085 filament, a high-strength engineering plastic. This has been realized in collaboration with SABIC (The former GE Plastic), a world-class plastic production company, and has been done in tandem with the development of the 3DISON PRO AEP desktop 3D printer.

This high-strength filament ULTEM9085 is a PEI (Polyether Imide) engineering plastic, which is famous for its excellent mechanical features. Impressively, it has a tensile strength that is 1.5 times that of aluminum, and even 2.5 times the tensile strength of concrete.

Moreover, it has not only has a heat resistance of up to 150°C, but also boasts an international evaluation certificate for its FST (Flame, Smoke, Toxicity) attributes.

According to ROKIT, this filament is known as the ideal engineering plastic for a number of industries and technologically-advanced products. Specifically, it can be applied to those industries who need light-weight and strong materials. Examples include medical equipment, and sectors like the aviation, shipbuilding, aerospace, automobile and transportation industries.

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With its ability to 3D print industrial-grade engineering plastic filament (with its multitude of industrial applications), 3DISON PRO AEP is expected to secure the leading position in world of 3D printing technology. Currently, ROKIT Inc. has already finished the domestic and foreign patents application by developing their 3DISON PRO AEP desktop 3D printer. Stay tuned for more info!

Update Nov. 4:

The Korean market price for 3DISON PRO AEP is 7,500,000 won (Korean Currency) (~US$6,935); The ULTEM 9085 is priced at 330,000 won, (~US$305) per 700g.

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Joule Thief wrote at 1/11/2015 4:20:52 PM:

@KB, this article is not misleading. They say it's the first 'desktop' printer. The Stratasys Fortus 400 is not a desktop printer and certainly cannot be had for anywhere close to $7k. The Fortus 400 is a $150-$200k professional industrial 3d printer. Maybe you can pickup a used one for $75k, still an order of magnitude higher. No comparison. I just talked to the Rokit team at CES. This article has a typo, the hot end goes up to 350C, not 250C. This article also reads more like a copy of a press release than an actual independent article.

Azores wrote at 12/9/2014 11:44:54 PM:

PEEK does not work with FDM printing methods. Has been tried, it will extrude, butting does not stick to the bed well. At the present time it is looking like PEEK is,only suitable fr laser sintering methods.

jasmine wrote at 11/6/2014 3:32:01 AM:

please correct the typo, it is AEP not AED

Fillamentum wrote at 11/5/2014 9:35:54 AM:

This is really not novelty material. We have Ulthem material available as well, I just wondering about temperatures mentioned in article. We also have another engineering polymers for technical advanced prints.

Thhrz wrote at 11/4/2014 8:22:00 AM:

In the video it says 350°C nozzle temperature. Also it seems to have dual extrusion

AutoX3d wrote at 11/4/2014 1:47:56 AM:

That is not a first. We at AutoX3d have been doing that for months with printers that hit 325c at the print head. 250c is barely enough to do polycarbonate and results in poor layer adhesion. You also need a better print head than a e3d style with the heat cranked up. We are getting reliable prints at 300c with polycarbonate running at 150mm second print speed. We have destructive tested our print heads at 500c for 12 hours without failure. While maintaining 50c on the cold end.

D de Waard wrote at 11/4/2014 12:29:50 AM:

So what, exactly, is so awesome about this 3d printer and why is it going to take the lead in theconsumer 3d printer market? it seems like a relatively normal FDM 3D printer, put in an appealing aluminium jacket... its got a normal hotend able to reach 250C , isnt the E3D capable of reaching higher temps? ok so maybe the bed can reach some higher temps, but that shouldnt be the crazy advantage right? so actually only the new filament seems an addition to the rest of the filaments out there. if it was able to print say PEEK, i would be interested but this does not look like a great improvement over the reprap, delta bots, makerbot or ultimaker why does this seemingly neutral website totaly admire this printer? there is not much new!

KB wrote at 11/3/2014 11:39:27 PM:

This is misleading, Stratasys Fortus Machines have running Ultem 9085 and PPSF for awhile now.

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