DUPLEX, an up-and-coming 3D printing know-how developer, has showcased its first set of 3D printer prototypes at Formnext 2021 – the DUPLEX F2 and DUPLEX S2.
The agency’s Multidimensional Additive Production (MAP) course of is likely one of the extra novel items of know-how we’ve seen on the commerce present, because it permits customers to 3D print objects from two completely different instructions on the similar time. In essence, MAP departs from the notion of bottom-up 3D printing and opts for a middle-out strategy as an alternative, whereby components are bisected down the middle and every half is fabricated on one aspect of a central construct platform.
DUPLEX believes its 3D printing know-how will usher in a “new era” for additive manufacturing, providing new ranges of productiveness and, in flip, ROI. According to the agency, MAP’s multi-directional strategy can obtain print speeds as much as 5 occasions greater than typical FDM or SLA printers, whereas enormously decreasing the quantity of assist materials required.
The startup has now built-in MAP into two preliminary prototypes: the FDM-based DUPLEX F2 and the SLA-based DUPLEX S2.
The DUPLEX F2 3D printer
The first of the MAP techniques is the F2, a large-format extrusion-based machine designed for useful prototyping, medical gadgets similar to prosthetics, automotive components, and architectural purposes.
To allow multi-directional printing, the F2 homes two particular person printheads going through one another (one is on the high of the chamber and the opposite is on the backside). The mid-section has an automatic system for controlling the central construct plate, and each printheads are in a position to print on the similar time.
Featuring a cylindrical construct quantity measuring 400mm (diameter) x 1000mm, the F2 comes full with a PEI-covered construct plate and an enclosed construct chamber able to heating to 80°C. With its 500°C nozzle temperature, the machine is appropriate with all kinds of high-performance polymer filaments, together with PLA Pro, PETG, ASA, TPU, ABS, PA, and PC. Additional options embody an on-board digicam for distant construct monitoring, Wi-Fi connectivity, and an auto-cooling mechanism to regulate the warmth within the construct chamber.
The DUPLEX F2 is now obtainable to pre-order, with the primary deliveries anticipated in March 2022.
The DUPLEX S2 3D printer
Much just like the F2, the S2 operates on the corporate’s MAP course of, besides it’s SLA-based fairly than FDM-based. It’s slightly tough to visualise, however the printer has one central construct plate submerged in a single large 7kg resin vat. Two particular person gentle sources (above and beneath the construct plate) are used to treatment layers on both aspect of the platform, printing from the center of the mannequin out to the extremities.
Designed for smaller-scale purposes, the S2’s construct quantity solely stands at 200 x 120 x 300mm. Instead, the system locations a give attention to precision, delivering XY resolutions of 77 microns and Z resolutions of simply 50 microns.
DUPLEX has made the S2’s SLA-specific MAP know-how obtainable for buy, that means different 3D printer producers will be capable of combine multi-directional printing into their very own resin 3D printers.
Technical specs and pricing
Below are the technical specs for the DUPLEX F2 and S2 3D printers. Readers excited by buying both of the techniques ought to contact DUPLEX for a quote.
|Build quantity||400 (d) x 1000mm||200 x 120 x 300mm|
|Bed temperature||Up to 120°C||–|
|Nozzle temperature||Up to 500°C||–|
|Chamber temperature||Up to 80°C||–|
|Dimensions||880 x 1060 x 2400mm||550 x 600 x 900mm|
|Z-resolution||50 – 300 microns||25 – 100 microns|
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Featured picture reveals the DUPLEX F2 3D printer. Photo through DUPLEX.