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NX1 – fast 3D printing

3D printers can bring life to an object from a design on a monitor or on paper. The conventional FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) 3D printers which uses a nozzle to develop the object layer by layer, takes a very long time to print and is sometimes very complex.

All these problems can put to rest with the latest NX1 3D printer developed by an Italian start- up Nexa3D. While traditional 3D printers take upto half a day to print a small section, this printer can print an object of 1” in 3 minutes. The technology behind this incredibly fast process is what Nexa3D calls self-Lubricant Sublayer Photocuring (LSPc).

The NX1 has a unibody design and a special printing platform with four arms that helps in printing high-precision objects. This also helps in the alignment between the build platform, resin tank and the light source. To ensure accuracy and avoid mechanical stress, the motor in the machine provides a central thrust force to the four arms of the build platform. The technique used to print the object is indeed amazing to watch.

This new printing procedure interposes a self-lubricating transparent film between the bottom of the tank, the photo-curing resins and the light source. It steadily releases a layer of oil, and allows the finished resin to solidify while suspended from the substrate. This is what Nexa3D calls self-Lubricant Sublayer Photocuring (LSPc), which means that the need to build an object layer by layer is removed and the process is made continuous.

The NX1 has a new cartridge system, when the cartridge is inserted the tank is filled automatically. It also has a self-cleaning system that can clean the tank completely if the user wants to change the type of resin or the colour.  NX1 is built to be a stand-alone printer. It can be connected via Ethernet, Wi-Fi or remote.

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Country of Origin: Italy

Year: 2015

Website: http://www.nexa3d.com/

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