US-based 3D printer manufacturer Fusion3 launched the new EDGE professional 3D printer. Priced at only $6,999, the Fusion3 EDGE provides many capabilities usually found in significantly more expensive industrial 3D printers. Reimagined from the ground up, EDGE combines high speed, large build volume, printing quality, tight tolerances when printing high-temperature materials, ease of use, and durability for 24×7 operation.
“EDGE encapsulates Fusion3’s nine years of industry experience, accumulated feedback from customers, and our vision for the changes needed to drive mainstream, commercial adoption of FDM 3D printing,” said Kate Padgett, Fusion3 Founder & CTO. “With Fusion3 EDGE, we achieve astounding levels of speed, print quality, and durability through the upgrade of our F-Series Motion Control system with high-quality linear rails, the development of a new patent-pending print head system for greater performance and customer serviceability, and the design and implementation of new control systems to create better user experiences and ensure successful print outcomes.”
Living on the Fusion3 EDGE
Exceptional Print Quality & Speed: Validated through millions of operating hours with thousands of customers, EDGE utilizes Fusion3’s “F-Series” platform, with upgraded motion control components including all-new linear rails, Gates 2GT2 belts, and specially tuned stepper motors. Fusion3 reports category-leading print speed at standard print settings with tremendous improvements in print quality. The Fusion3 EDGE system enables unique features such as a new “Fast Mode” for printing certain materials at 200MM/sec using a .4MM print head.
Fusion3’s patent-pending ANVIL print head system incorporates a surgical steel print tube instead of a traditional screw-in 3D printer nozzle. The use of a single print tube provides faster printing and is wear-resistant for use with abrasive filaments such as carbon fiber or fiberglass-reinforced filament. In addition, the single tube design is more reliable, eliminating the chance of leakage. ANVIL is easier to maintain translating to lower operating costs.
EDGE’s passively heated build area, which heats up to 70°C, can print parts as large as 14″ x14″ x14.5″ (1.64 cu ft), ensuring excellent print results when printing high-temperature, engineering-grade materials such as ABS and Polycarbonate.
Successful print outcomes with EDGE start with its new bed leveling system. Fusion3 EDGE comes standard with a 1⁄4″ aluminum tool plate print bed and a standard glass surface. This reference surface, coupled with our proprietary, ultra-light touch probe, enables EDGE’s mesh probe bed leveling system to ensure a near-perfect first layer for each print. In addition, EDGE incorporates a separate interface controller, powered by its own 64-bit ARM processor with 7″ touchscreen. This control system powers robust remote management capabilities and even reminds customers of recurring maintenance tasks. Future updates envision features including customer notifications and status updates via email and text.
EDGE also features Fusion3’s V3 extruder with a new belt drive system and an upgraded filament detection monitor that can be tuned to different detection settings based on the material printed. Combined with the new linear rail system and bed leveling, EDGE is robust and durable for use in the most demanding environments.
Fusion3’s material testing and certification process ensure that customers are able to print the widest range of materials purchased from a variety of quality suppliers. Using the 1⁄4″ aluminum tool plate print bed with glass print surface (standard), our customers print materials from all major categories including (but not limited to): PLA, ABS, ASA, Reinforced Materials including Carbon Fiber, Kevlar and Fiberglass, Flexible, Nylons, PET/PETG and Polycarbonate. With the addition of an optional magnetic tool plate and various optional magnetic print surfaces, customers can now print new materials, including Polypropylene, PVDF, and 316L Stainless Steel. Fusion3 provides customers with optimized settings for these materials within our bundled REACTOR 3D printing software, ensuring certified materials print successfully “out of the box.”
Many of Fusion3’s customers wish to safeguard their proprietary and sensitive information within the 3D printing workflow. The company offers two versions of EDGE to meet the different security needs of our customers. The Standard Version of EDGE has a USB port, wired and wireless networking, and convenience features to actively communicate status beyond the device. Fusion3 designed the Secure Version of EDGE for companies, government, military, and similar organizations with strict information security guidelines. This version ships with only wired Ethernet networking, a locked USB port, restricted communication features, and ships with the Offline Activation version of our REACTOR 3D printing software which does not use the internet for license activation or updating.
The fully-enclosed EDGE protects users from contact with hot surfaces. EDGE includes a new door interlock feature, which pauses prints if a user opens the door. Fusion3 offers an optional HEPA & Carbon filter air filter for locations without adequate ventilation, which helps contain potentially harmful emissions.