AMUG 2019: Temperature Defines the Printer

Last month, we gave a preview of our AMUG presentation. We discussed high temperature materials like PEEK, PEKK, and Ultem. As the open materials marketplace continues to grow, consider this: how do you select a printer that will deliver for your applications today and meet your needs tomorrow?

From left to right, the basic design of desktop, enclosed, and isolated 3D printers

Consider your application then evaluate materials for mechanical strength, operating temperature, any momentary temperature or pressure peaks, and other attributes such as chemical resistance. After identifying materials to work with consider the types of printers. At Plural, we categorize these as Desktop, Industrial, and Isolated. Differences between these categories include:

–High temp, metal hot end

–Heated enclosure & bed

–Liquid cooled stepper motors

–Rewired electronics

–Raised firmware temp limit

–Isolated X-Y-Z gantry from the heated enclosure

Can a desktop printer be modified to print high temperature materials? Yes…but the safety and long term repeatability can be tricky. Take a look at this NASA paper from 2016 to see what it takes to upgrade from the expired US Patent 5,121,329.

And if this piques your interest, meet Plural in Chicago at the AMUG Conference on April 2 to learn more. Our talk is titled ” PEEK, PEKK, Ultem: Building a Framework for Successful Open FFF Printing Outcomes”