Italy-based 3D printer manufacturer Lumi Industries has announced its newest product, the PicoFAB, a low-cost resin 3D printer ideal for producing small and intricate prototypes and products for the dental and jewelry sectors, among others.
The PicoFAB, which will retail for under 150 euros, is powered by a compact light engine developed by the Lumi Industries team. It is also compatible with all 405 nm commercial resins and has the capability to cure 50μm layers in three seconds (minimum). According to Lumi Industries, it is also testing a version of the 3D printer for 385 nm resins.
The new PicoFAB is admittedly small. The printer has a print volume of just 24 x 24 x 50 mm. However, this scale creates advantages for certain applications. For instance, labs that want to test a new or highly expensive resin can do so without using large amounts of said resin, because only 15-20 ml are required for one print.
In the dental market, the compact resin 3D printer can print up to four crowns or small bridges at once, which offers a suitable alternative for small jobs, freeing up more industrial 3D printing systems for more complex jobs.
With a horizontal resolution of 100μm and a Z resolution of 25-50μm, the PicoFAB can be used for a range of applications that require fine detail, such as jewelry prototypes, precision mechanical parts for watches or compact systems and other miniatures. Users can also use ceramic resin to produce more functional components like nozzles and heatsinks.
Lumi Industries is also introducing two accompanying products for the PicoFAB: PicoCLEAN, a two-stage cleaning solution for pre-cleaning and cleaning printed parts; and PicoCURE, a UV-curing system with rotating base and controllable post-curing times and settings. The standalone printer is itself controlled using a dedicated profile on Chitubox software.
The low-cost 3D printer will soon become available through a Kickstarter campaign, where backers can choose between a PicoFAB kit or assembled system as well as a number of other reward combinations. Lumi Industies says the crowdfunding effort will go live within a month. Presently, the team is still working on the outer design of the 3D printer, developing optional light-shielding and air filtering features.