Tractus3D, a Dutch manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, has introduced its latest 3D printer developed specifically for PEEK. The new machine, the T850P, integrates a heated chamber with thermal management and a high temperature print head to manufacture parts from PEEK and other high-performance polymers.
The new T850P, to be released this month, is equipped with a specially developed heated chamber that allows for precise temperature control—a necessary feature for working with high-performance materials and avoiding part warping. The new feature enables users to set the print chamber temperature at up to 65°C, while the printer’s build plate can reach up to 175°C.
The printer’s nozzle, for its part, can be heated up to 450°C so that it can process advanced polymers, including Carbon PEEK, PEEKQ and ULTEM. Of course, the nozzle can be set at a lower temperature to print more standard materials like PLA and PETG. The T850P has a build volume of up to 300 x 380 mm.
PEEK is quickly becoming one of the more sought after materials in polymer additive manufacturing. The hardy material offers superior strength and resistance than other, more standard polymers, and is significantly more lightweight than metals, making it suitable for a range of functional applications.
“This material has properties that correspond to metals in terms of strength and heat and chemical resistance,” explained Maurits Blok, Commercial Director of Tractus3D. “Our clients find this material the ideal alternative to metal parts, and it’s applicable for medical applications as well due to the sterilizability and biocompatibility of PEEK.”
Existing Tractus3D customers can reportedly upgrade their existing 3D printers thanks to the modular build of the machines. For instance, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, a manufacturer of high tech sealing solutions, has benefited from Tractus3D upgrades since it bought the Tractus3D high temperature (V1) 3D printer in 2015. As the company explains, Trelleborg was able to upgrade to the V2 in 2017 and is now upgrading its system to the T850P.
“During the years we have tested different types of high temperature 3D printers from manufacturers all over the world and we are definitely taking our 3D printing activities to the next level with the T850P,” said Ivan Gerada, Procurement & IT Manager of Trelleborg. “We believe that innovation is essential to keep our leading position. With the help of Tractus3D printers we can achieve our goals and keep innovating in several fields.”
The delta-style 3D printer also comes with a free Service Level Agreement, which enables customers to receive a replacement print head if the original gets dirty. The dirty print head can simply be sent back to Tractus3D, which will clean it at no cost. The Service Level Agreement also comes with unlimited support and various filament and upgrade discounts.