EnvisionTEC, a global leader in vat photopolymerization, will be showing off its continuous 3D printing technology for the first time at RAPID + TCT in Pittsburgh, the premier event for 3D manufacturing in North America. To celebrate its high-speed printing technology, the company is also unveiling a fresh new look for the 3D printers powered by cDLM (Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing) technology.
EnvisionTEC launched the Micro cDLM in 2016 at the JCK Las Vegas jewelry show, for loyal customers who have relied on its 3D printers for 15 years. Today, jewelers can 3D print 5-7 custom ring patterns for customers in 15 minutes or less, helping them close sales faster. The Vida cDLM, which has an impressive build envelope of 3.54 x 1.97 x 3.94 in., followed in 2017 at LMT Lab Day, a trade show for dental labs.
Today, this super-fast technology means dentists and labs can 3D print 12 dental crowns in 16 minutes in our E-Dent 400 material. What’s more, they are able to create five dental partials with delicate clasps in about 150 minutes, with Z resolution of an impressive 25 microns.
Because cDLM technology is so fast, cDLM print jobs also require fewer supports and less substantial supports, meaning there’s less post-processing and the ability to print more delicate parts than with other printing technologies. Dental partials are a great example of this.
Advantages of EnvisionTEC’s patented cDLM technology includes the company’s 15 years experience in 3D printing machines, software and materials in terms of reliability. More, larger cDLM printers are on the way as continuous technology opens the door to amazing new materials that were previously not possible in 3D printing because of slower build speeds.
As photochemistry has evolved, some materials have come along that can deliver superior characteristics when cured by light. But some of these materials have a very short pot life, which means they have to be processed at rapid build speeds, much faster than conventional 3D printers using vat photopolymerization have typically moved. The advent of continuous printing has made these short pot life materials more relevant than before, and that means exciting new materials are on the horizon for manufacturers serving a wide range of sectors.