advice on second 3d printer?


#1

We are needing to add another 3d printer to our factory and id like to add a machine that would do the work where zortrax falls short…mainly the problem of support removal in complex shapes with lots of overhangs and also very small pieces with lots of tiny detail…im looking at the form 1 from form labs and im wondering what you guys thought of it??..i think ideally we need the wax 3d printer as we mainly need it to make masters for molds but its too expensive and i think the form 1 might be a reasonable solution for the price but id love suggestions.


#2

Unfortunately I haven't had the best luck with my Form1 or Form1+. Can't recommend it as a machine. If it was reliable then maybe...  When it works it is excellent.

There are a few other desktop SLA options out there now, but I'm not sure they are any better. 


#3

...mainly the problem of support removal in complex shapes with lots of overhangs and also very small pieces with lots of tiny detail....im looking at the form 1 from form labs and im wondering what you guys thought of it?

I don’t know how is situation now but friend of mine tried to print “original” gyro the cube with which Zortrax have no problem to generate support it turn out as totally disaster on Form1 overall support there was real nightmare and first versions didn’t generated support at top of part maybe today they software is better but that time it was nothing more than machine for producing outstanding sculpts not required too much of support but bigger real engineering parts was impossible to print not mention that SLA acrylate material is a nightmare to post processing if you can afford machine and further material cost then look for Objet there you can get real miracles.


#4

....if you can afford machine and further material cost then look for Objet there you can get real miracles.

Or wait for new "PolyJet" 3D printer from Zortrax.

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#5

that looks nice, but they need to hire someone that can take a photo that is in focus…


#6

If you need a printer for jewelry and casting get a B9 creator, just go to their forum and see the amazing micro-detail they can get with their ash free resin.


#7

same opinion as Mark 82...

Use Objet, altough I don't like too much the real finished parts and most of the time the gel support is hard to remove from intrincate parts, It sticks to the surface making it dirty.

If the application is jewelry stop messing around and get a Solidscape.

8micron on z axis and 5000 Dpi on xy.

Have you see the 3d printed marvin of I think 3 mm height? Perfect detail  and printed on one of those.

If it's for internal use it's worth but if it's for service maybe not the best option parts are a little costly.. Of course it depends of your maket.