At this level, 3D printers are almost in all places. Faculties, hackerspaces, dwelling workshops, you title it. Most of those machines are of the extruded-filament selection, higher generally known as FDM or Fused Deposition Modelling. Over the previous few years, low cost LCD printers have introduced resin printing to many outlets as effectively. LCD printers, like their DLP and SLA counterparts, use ultraviolet mild to treatment liquid resin. These machines are sometimes praised for the super-high element they will obtain, however are realllly gradual. And messy — liquid resin will get in all places and sticks to every little thing.
We’re not precisely what [Jón Schone] of Correct Printing was pondering when he set out to convert a classic printer to use resin instead of filament, however it needed to be one thing alongside the strains of “Are you able to make FDM printing simply as messy as LCD printing?”
It seems you possibly can. His extraordinarily well-documented analysis course of is proven within the video under, and exhibits his design course of, from preliminary concept to almost-kinda-working prototype. As it’s possible you’ll anticipate, extruding a high-viscosity liquid at a managed price and laser-curing it’s not a simple activity, however [Jón] made a unbelievable try. From designing and constructing his personal peristaltic pump, to sending a UV laser via fiber-optic cables, he explored a ton of various approaches to creating the printer work. Whereas he could not have been 100% profitable, the video is a good reminder that not all tasks should go the way in which we hope they’ll. Even so, he’s optimistic, and stated that he has a number of concepts to refine the design (and welcomes any enter from the neighborhood). This isn’t even the one new and interesting approach to resin printing we’ve seen in the last few weeks, so we share [Jón]’s optimism that the FDM Resin Printer will work (sometime, a minimum of).
Because of [Baldpower] for the tip!