Rapid Prototyping at Your Desktop



3devo’s Awesome New Filament Extruders: Now at your Desktop


Slowly but surely, rapid prototyping and 3D printing have made their way onto the desktop of independent hobbyists who are letting their imagination soar with various models of desktop 3D printers. These printers are small, compact and hassle free providing the best possible outcome for those of you who want to experience rapid prototyping at home. Even though most uses of rapid prototyping is limited to industrial purposes, more and more homes are getting their own 3D printers.


According to 3devo, a Dutch company, the very first industrial desktop extruders of 3D printer filament has been built by them. This product launch is going to help cut down cost of obtaining filament of commercial grade. This is definitely great news for smaller scale businesses that would like to operate with desktop 3D printers, but do not have access to quality filament.


The two models, 3devo Advanced and 3devo NEXT 1.0 are going to provide the many benefits of an otherwise large format filament extruder. Their small form factors of the machines can easily make oth of them attractive for independent 3D printing hobbyists and small rapid prototyping companies who would like to cut the cost of their 3D printer filaments for long term savings. 3devo NEXT is priced at 3,370USD while the powder coated black version of 3devo Advanced costs 4,300USD; excluding shipping and taxes. The price may be a little on the high side, yet small scale research institutes, business owners and hobbyists should easily make up for the initial expenses after a few months of purchase, making it a worthwhile investment. The spokespeople from 3devo expect to find a market for the product very soon.


Both the models use either industrial virgin plastic or regrind granulate, which can have significant impact on the cost of your rapid prototyping and is even capable of reducing the cost of finished products for customers. Their measurements are 50.6 x 21.6 x 54.0 cm, hence they are both small enough to fit on the standard workbench. They do not take up half of the workshop like some recycling systems of the same type do.


The models come with a control system that is self regulated, sued for controlling the filament diameter. This ensures consistency of output and stays exactly where it has been set- i.e. between 0.5 to 3 mm. It also has a diameter sensor with an accuracy of 43 microns, which happens to be tight enough to be used in most applications. A cooling system is also provided for extrusions of high speed, ABS and PLA presents and the provision to change settings on the go. The filament automatically winds onto a spool and it has sensors that can lessen the chance of running dry.


For university research facilities, commercial rapid prototyping outlets and committed hobbyists, 3devo Next 1.0 has been made that can significantly reduce expenses by a factor of seven. The model also lowers the environmental impact of their rapid prototyping work. This is amazing due to the fact that using recycled raw materials and shredding plastics on their own to create new PET or ABS based products can lower the cost of 3D printing filament to only as much as 0.55USD per pound.


The way the world sees rapid prototyping is soon to change as 3devo is producing 3D printer filament at such astonishing rate. This implies that we can indeed let our imagination run wild, being safe in the knowledge that we can recycle misprinted parts or older prints that we no longer deem necessary. The reins or limits of your 3D printer are no more, ensuring a constant supply of high grade and low cost materials whenever you like. One can even try out different combinations of plastic filaments to prepare finished filament for the task that needs to be completed in terms of flex, the final look of the product and tensile strength.


As for the 3devo Advanced, it is made for researchers, universities, rapid prototyping specialists and plastic manufacturers who would like to produce low volume runs or small test batches of their new filament compounds. Companies that would really like to test their limits of filament technology can make use of this by preparing new grades of plastic. They can even try their hand at preparing an entirely new plastic compound by combining recycled and virgin plastic in order to create more flexible, stronger and more durable products. When an extruder is placed right next to the printer, the researchers can experiment constantly with new filament types. After the results are noted, the filament can be recycled. The model can produce up to 1.5 kilograms of commercial grade filament within one hour. It makes a great ally when it comes to preparing new filaments or creating particular compounds for demanding projects.


One can now integrate this rapid prototyping desktop unit into their production line or workflow to create one’s own filament at home. These machines definitely have great potential.


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