The temperature defines the printer: A Matt Fildes Report

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On February, Plural gave a preview of its AMUG Conference presentation, in Chicago. The company will discuss high-temperature materials like PEEK, PEKK, and Ultem. As the open materials marketplace continues to grow, consider this: how do you select a printer that will deliver for your applications today and meet your needs tomorrow?

The basic design of desktop, enclosed, and isolated 3D printers

Consider your application then evaluate materials for mechanical strength, operating temperature, any momentary temperature or pressure peaks, and other attributes such as chemical resistance. After identifying materials to work with consider the types of printers. Plural categorizes as Desktop, Industrial, and Isolated. The differences between these categories are:

High temp, metal hot end

Heated enclosure & bed

Liquid cooled stepper motors

Rewired electronics

Raised firmware temp limit

Isolated X-Y-Z gantry from the heated enclosure

Can a desktop printer be modified to print high-temperature materials? It is possible, but the safety and long term repeatability can be tricky. A NASA paper from 2016 says what it takes to upgrade from the expired US Patent 5,121,329. You can meet Plural in Chicago at the AMUG Conference on April 2 to learn more. The Plural presence is named ” PEEK, PEKK, Ultem: Building a Framework for Successful Open FFF Printing Outcomes

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Source: Matt Fildes, Plural Additive Manufacturing AMUG 2019: TEMPERATURE DEFINES THE PRINTER, published on Mar6 re-edited and published by Phil Brito on Mar21, 2019;

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