3D printing has evolved out of garages to industries and then to our very own table-top at home. This continuous evolution has benefited the basic “3D printer“, in more than one way, and today, we even have Google on our side, trying to 3Dprint an entire Smart Phone!! Today, we have news of yet another new innovation in the field of 3D printing.
Hardcotton, a Canberra, Australia based startup has launched a new 3D printer called “Elemental”, the Elemental is a pressure controlled Sterolithographic 3D printer.
Elemental– the world’s first pressure controlled 3D printer
Like any other SLA 3D printer, the Elemental also utilizes a laser beam to cure photosensitive resins. However unlike other SLA printers, Elemental uses a pressure control system to control resin levels when an object is being created.
By utilizing pressure controls in Elemental’s customized vat throughout the 3D printing process, the Elemental ‘s laser system can cure a layer of resin accurately and quickly, according to the startup. The creation of an object’s first layer is done by curing the resin on top of a removable build platform found at the center of the vat.
The pressure control system then permits the flow of material from a control chamber within the vat into the build chamber, incrementing the level of the resin. The laser system then sets about curing the next layer, this process is repeated until the whole object is created.
The vat’s control chambers act as reservoirs for material to flow to & fro, depending on what is needed during the print process. By controlling the pressure in the control chambers, Elemental can raise or lower the resin level precisely and erases the need for any mechanical interaction with the build area or with the resin.
What is Hardcotton saying?
Scott Pobihun, Co-founder & CEO of Hardcotton said – “By utilizing pressure control, Hardcotton has developed a 3D printer that employs SLA technology but creates the 3D print without the use of a mechanical platform. This is a massive step forward for 3D printing. Because there are very few complex parts to be assembled in Elemental, we see this architecture as being the basis for the mass manufacture of 3D printers very soon. ”
Unfortunately, more information is not available at the time of publishing this article, but we will follow-up to bring you more news.