On the surface, 3D printing sounds like it embodies a single type of technology, but those involved with it know there are many different types out there. Most involve what’s called additive manufacturing, and one of those methods is DLP (digital light processing).
It bears more than a passing resemblance to the now-deceased DLP television technology, and it’s gaining ground around the world. Now, a company out of Budapest has announced a new DLP 3D printer, and it should be enough to make you sit up and take notice.
The G1 High-Resolution 3D Printer
The new printer relies on DLP technology, and if you’re not familiar with it, it works like this. The printer extrudes photopolymer-embedded filament, and then cures that with a light source.
With this solution, there’s no need for super-large machines (industrial sized). The printer in question first debuted as a concept a full two years ago, and it’s taken Do3D that long to finalize the design and bring it to life.
The new G1 is just the first in a series of planned printers. The line will eventually include a model capable of resolutions up to 20 microns, with a build volume of 100 x 80 x 150 millimeters.
It’s designed to print parts, and to do so quickly, accurately and in very detailed resolution. It’s also a plug and play system that requires virtually no setup time and can be used for both small and large businesses (it’s definitely not marketed to hobbyists, although those with deep pockets might find it useful).
Finally, it’s also designed to use a wide range of different materials to suit a variety of needs.
“The Do3D high-definition 3D printers are designed to accommodate a variety of photoactive resins. The print material can vary widely depending on the desired mechanical properties of the prints, from industrial toughness to elastic or even formulations suitable for investment casting,” the company stated.
The company went on to say that, “At this time, the company is developing three different types of resin for the machine for different applications. These include an ‘all around’ general purpose, fast-curing resin that comes in red, a ‘top notch’ grey resin that prints with high precision and is harder than other materials once cured.
Finally, there will be an ‘ash free’ material that will be optimal for investment casting purposes such as jewelry design.”
If you’re a small business owner interested in putting the new 3D printer to work on your behalf, you’ll have to wait a little while. Do3D has announced the printer’s production, but there has been no mention of availability or price as of yet.