3D printer manufacturer Nexa3D has been teasing a big announcement for a few weeks through social media and here is the reveal: the XiP™, the company’s first desktop 3D printer.
True to its mission of enhancing ultrafast polymer 3D printing, the new 3D printer joins a portfolio that already includes the industrial NXE 400 and dental-focused NXD 200.
Like its “sister machines”, the new 3D printer is based on the manufacturer’s proprietary lubricant sublayer photo-curing (LSPc) technology, a technology that is said to afford up to 20x productivity over competing SLA and DLP 3D printing offerings available on the market today.
With a build volume of 190 x 120 x 170 mm, the XiP™ features a high-resolution, monochrome 9.3” LCD screen and a 3.8 liters print volume and can achieve 50 µm / 100 µm / 200 µm of layer thickness. Its 4K STD resolution can be upgradeable to 6-8K.In the same vein, the 52 µm STD pixel size can be upgradeable to 25 µm.
The machine is also equipped with a Smart Resin Cartridge and Toolless Vat System. Smart feed resin delivery relies on gravity to enable touch-free material loading and intelligent polymer levels in the vat, ensuring a constant level for greater print optimization. The system allows for large builds of up to 1.3 kg to be continuously made without interruption. The toolless vat system clamps into place with electromagnets, simplifying and speeding up material changeover. Vat life extends to 50,000 layers with Nexa3D’s Everlast Interface. When not being used in printing, vats stack in a UV-blocking storage system extending the useful life of resins and preventing spills, a press release reads.
The launch of this new 3D printer also reminds the need of open materials platforms to expand applications. The use of smart resin cartridges is pivotal in such processes for ease of use. Not to mention that they can be quickly, easily, and safely loaded and unloaded, even during a live print.
The XiP recognizes the cartridge, with smart capabilities automatically authenticating and checking compatibility with the current build, as well as monitoring shelf life and quantity, Nexa3D explains.
Materials that can already be processed on the XiP include general purpose (Draft, White, Gray, Black, Clear), Polypropylene-like, ABS-like, PEEK-like, Elastomeric and Dental (Model, Splint, Surgical Guide, Impression Tray).
“We’re familiar with the challenges of today’s 3D printing workflows and invested time, energy and expertise into removing every possible pain point,” Avi Reichental, CEO, Chairman, and Co-Founder of Nexa3D states. “Alongside its productivity and safety benefits, the XiP delivers a quick return on investment, low total cost of ownership and has a rugged aluminum design that is ideal for a busy commercial environment. We’ve considered that a 20x faster printer can be used 20x more, and have designed the machine to withstand the extra wear and tear that accompanies so much printing.”
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