Nov 14, 2017 | By Tess

EnvisionTEC is one of many 3D printing companies that has come out for the formnext 2017 industry trade show, and like many of its peers it has brought something new to show off. The Michigan-based 3D printer manufacturer has unveiled larger versions of both its Perfactory and high-speed cDLM 3D printers as well as announced a significant upgrade to its Perfactory Software Suite.

First, let’s take a look at the new hardware.

EnvisionTEC’s new Perfactory 4 LED XXL 3D printer is based on the same additive technology as the company’s longstanding Perfactory 3D printer line but offers a significantly larger build volumes than its predecessors. With an increased build volume of 230 x 143.75 x 200 mm and an XY resolution of 60 microns, the company says the new 3D printer will enable “even more throughput.”

Notably, the company says its new Perfactory 4 LED XXL 3D printer—which integrates its pixel-shifting ERM technology—is now the largest DLP 3D printer on the market in terms of build area. (The company’s previous release, the P4 LED Standard XL 3D printer, has a build volume of 192 x 120 x 180 mm, for comparison.)

The Perfactory line, which has been on the market for 15 years and is well regarded in the 3D printing industry, is compatible with a wide range of EnvisionTEC’s 3D printing materials. This versatility has translated into a broad range of applications in numerous fields including jewelry making, dentistry, consumer goods, healthcare, and more.

EnvisionTEC’s second unveiling at formnext 2017 is a new, larger-scale version of its Vida cDLM 3D printer. This product, based on the company’s high-speed Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing (cDLM) technology, boasts a build area of 145 x 81.5 x 100 mm, with an XY resolution of 76 microns.

Presently, the company’s cDLM line consists of three 3D printer models: the aforementioned Vida cDLM; the Vida HD cDLM, with a build area of 90 x 50 x 100 mm and a resolution of 50 microns; and the Micro cDLM, which has a build area of 45 x 28 x 75 mm and a resolution under 40 microns.

EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani commented on the new 3D printers, saying: “Our larger new models will give our customers even more speed and throughput as DLP-style printing technologies continue their rapid growth in the 3D printing industry. Because of our commitment to innovation and delivering value, EnvisionTEC’s 3D printing business is stronger than ever.”

As mentioned, EnvisionTEC has also announced an upgrade to its Perfactory Software Suite, which will enable users to “prepare, monitor and manage print jobs on multiple 3D printers.” The software update, called PSS 3.2 is compatible with all of EnvisionTEC’s 3D printing technologies, including its Perfactory, Desktop, 3SP, cDLM, 3D-Bioplotter, and Viridis3D systems.

The software update, which has been in development for over a year, also comes with some new tools including the “Observer” feature, which can detect EnvisionTEC 3D printers on a given network and displays a progress bar for each machine’s print job along with an estimated completion time. EnvisionTEC says the Observer tool also allows users to easily rearrange and cancel print jobs.

“Our new software suite with Observer demonstrates that we are listening to customers and delivering the tools they need to continue 3D printing’s ultimate evolution to full production,” said Siblani. “Our 3D printers have been used for mass customization production for more than a decade. Now, Observer will make it easier to manage a factory floor full of 3D printers processing multiple jobs.”

Other updates include support for the 3MF file format, new exposure strategy enhancements for patterns, rescaling tools, and a job inspector feature which enables users to carefully inspect layers and settings for a given 3D model.

Lastly, the PSS 3.2 platform offers “specific software controls” for EnvisionTEC’s high-speed cDLM 3D printing technology. These controls were developed to improve the continous printing method’s accuracy across the entire build envelope.

EnvisionTEC will be presenting its new 3D printers and software upgrade at formnext 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany from today until Friday, November 17.

 

 

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