You can have it all: Yes, a super fast and accurate resin 3D printer with a large build volume exist
Updated: Aug 6
The Gizmo 3D Printer is a stereolithography (SL) printer or stereolithography apparatus (SLA) which means it creates 3D prints by solidifying liquid plastic (resin) into physical objects. It does this through the use of DLP projectors, which is why the Gizmo 3D Printers are categorized as being SLA DLP 3D printers.
A HIGH PRECISION 3D PRINTER
There is a high demand for SLA DLP 3D printers because they can produce highly accurate parts or smooth surface finishes.
For example - we use the Gizmo 3D Printers to manufacture large quantities of sample 3D prints to give to potential customers at events. One of these samples is a set of nuts and bolts.
We chose this print to show the high resolution capability of our printer as it has smooth areas and fine details too. It also shows the accuracy of the 3D prints as the bolts can to screw into and through the nuts smoothly.
These nuts and bolts were printed at 100 micron Z and 104 XY. The Gizmo 3D Printers can print up to 0.7 micron Z calculated.
The 3D model is Knurling bolt and nut by akira3Dp0 and was published on Thingiverse on April 2, 2016, at this link: www.thingiverse.com/thing:1460364
THE FASTEST RESIN 3D PRINTER OF ITS KIND
Although SLA DLP technology has been around for years, it's never been as fast or affordable as it is now or since the Gizmo 3D Printers entered the industrial SLA DLP 3D printer market in 2016. Fast forward to 2019, the Gizmo 3D Printers are still the fastest SLA DLP 3D printers of its kind and have since been further developed to print even faster!
It would take over 3 hours to print just a single set of these nuts and bolts on another popular SLA 3D printer. Using our high speed resin 3D printer, we printed 4 sets of nuts and bolts in only 41 minutes.
A TOP DOWN 3D PRINTER
There are two basic styles of resin 3D printing and printers - Bottom Up and Top Down. The differences, in a nutshell, are as follows:
In the case of most Bottom Up printing or printers, the resin is cured through a window located in the bottom of the vat, using a light source from below. During the printing process, the build platform raises out of the resin vat as each layer prints, and a 'peel' step occurs between each layer/segment of the print. Having a peel step really slows down the printing speed. Also, because the print is built hanging upside down from the build plate, the prints often need thicker supports and bases to keep them stuck to the build plate. By attempting to print heavier prints, you run a higher risk of the prints falling off of the build plate into the resin tank.
With Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) printing or printers, the resin is cured through an oxygen permeable window in the bottom of the vat by a light source from below. The CLIP method has no peel step as part of the printing process as there is an oxygen layer over the window that keeps the resin from sticking to the vat. Continuous light exposure, which enables faster printing, can be utilized. This method of printing is a form of Bottom Up printing too, but without the 'peel' step, so the printing speed is much faster than with other bottom up 3D printers and close to the incredible printing speeds of top down printing. Unfortunately, CLIP technology is currently very costly.
Top Down printing or printers such as the Gizmo 3D Printers print by curing resin using a light source situated in the top area of the printer. The light source shines down into the resin and cures one layer after the other. As each layer builds on top of the previous, the build platform is lowered down into the resin vat. The printing process on a top down printer doesn't include alternating light exposures and 'peel' steps. Instead of the light source first having to pass through an oxygen layer or window before curing the resin (as is the case with bottom up printers), the light source of a top down printer shines directly onto the resin and can, therefore, achieve exceptionally high print speeds. It's also much more affordable when compared to the CLIP technology. Incredible right? So why doesn't everyone want a top down printer? Mostly because there are some common misconceptions such as it's expensive to fill a large vat of resin. It would be if you try to calculate the cost of a full tank of resin based on the price of resins used on common bottom up and CLIP machines! Most of the 3D printer manufacturers of these machines make a considerable profit on their consumables. Gizmo 3D Printer users however, have the added advantage of being able to use third-party resins from different 3D printing resin suppliers to suit their budget and printing needs. These resin prices start at only AU$65.00 a litre.
A LARGE BUILD VOLUME 3D PRINTER
At a time where most resin 3D printers are still restricted in size, the Gizmo 3D Printers offer some of the biggest resin 3D printer options available.
Our large format resin 3D printer range consists of 3 printers - the GiziMate (Smallest), GiziPro (Medium) and GiziMax (Largest) printers. Our largest printer can print up to a maximum build area of up to 400mm x 225mm (15.7in x 8.8in) and build height of 800mm (31.49in).
We used a large part of the build plate to print four sets of nuts and bolts and the same quality result was achieved evenly throughout all of the prints. This is possible because the Gizmo 3D Printers are programmed to deliver the same quality and high-resolution results anywhere on the build plate - many other resin 3D printers don't offer this so be sure to ask if you are considering which resin 3D printer to buy. The standard with other 3D printers is that the quality of the printing is less accurate on the outskirts of the build plate than it is in the center.
BEST QUALITY 3D PRINTER Some resin 3D printers also require replacement parts which are time-consuming, annoying, and expensive to keep on replacing. The pains of replacement parts such as plastic resin tanks that break, Teflon layers and sweepers, unfortunately, don't stop there. We're told it's really frustrating and disheartening to see how much the wear on the plastic resin tanks of other SLA machines affect the quality of their prints - going from printing highly detailed models to a gradual shift where models become more undefined. By comparison, the tanks of the Gizmo 3D Printers (as pictured below) are stainless steel saving users of our printers from having to deal any of the issues that come with having to rely on plastic resin tanks.
The machines are built entirely out of quality parts which have been thoughtfully put together to create a simplistic, highly robust, and reliable industrial 3D printer. The Gizmo 3D Printers designed with only one moving part (a stainless steel build plate) and there are no Teflon layers or a sweeper that could fail on the users of our machines either. In fact, the Gizmo 3D Printers require NO replacement parts. When it comes to industrial resin 3D printers, the Gizmo 3D Printers the easiest and cheapest printers to maintain. This is why we are able to guarantee that users of the Gizmo 3D Printers will experience less downtime and spend less money while creating their dream 3D prints.
BEST VALUE 3D PRINTER The Gizmo 3D is so much more than just a good resin 3D printer. In summary, it's not only a high detail resin 3D printer but the fastest resin 3D printer of its kind with generously sized build platforms. You'll be looking long and hard to find another resin 3D printer that offers this much value at a reasonable price!
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