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Azul 3D launches large OCEAN 3D printer based on HARP technology

The new resin system has a build volume of 812 x 812 mm

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Azul 3D, a startup born out of Northwestern University in Illinois known for pioneering a higher throughput approach to resin-based 3D printing, introduced its latest solution today: the OCEAN 3D printer. The new resin-based platform, which follows Azul 3D’s LAKE 3D printer released in 2021, is based on the same High Area Rapid Printing (HARP) technology, but offers a substantially larger build volume of up to 812 x 812 mm (compared to 254 x 305 x 610 mm).

The OCEAN 3D printing platform has reportedly been developed in cooperation with an industry partner and will create new opportunities for high-throughput resin 3D printing. This is thanks to the large build area as well as Azul 3D’s innovative HARP technology, which improves on standard SLA processes through features like thermal control and continuous printing.

The new system shares a number of features with its predecessor, LAKE, including a modular optical engine capable of 72 um resolution and the same intensity of DLP projection, which removes the need for “pixel shifting”. The OCEAN 3D printer also integrates other benefits inherent to the HARP process, including the ability to print ultra-fine features over large parts, and achieve rapid printing rates of over 300 mm per hour. The print speed is owed to Azul 3D’s HARP technology which uses a stream of oil as liquid interface to remove heat instantly as it is created in the curing process. This interface ensures that the printer remains at a consistent temperature for higher throughput 3D printing.

Azul 3D OCEAN 3D PRinter

“Our strategy is to empower the future of digital manufacturing,” commented John Hartner, CEO of Azul 3D. “The OCEAN platform is a new-to-industry capability, with the opportunity to enable new high-volume products and supply chains.”

Azul 3D’s HARP technology has already been used for a number of interesting applications, including customized pickleball paddles in partnership with Wilson Sporting Goods, and its LAKE 3D printer was recently installed at DuPont Electronics and Industrial’s Experimental Station. With the launch of its larger OCEAN platform, Azul 3D sees potential for more applications, like high-performing large-scale filters and membranes for carbon capture and water treatment solutions.

The OCEAN 3D printer is compatible with Azul 3D’s thermoset resins, which can be customized to meet the needs of specific applications. The company’s chemists have created a materials library with characterizations of hundreds of resins with a continuum of properties, ranging from flexible to rigid, and available in a spectrum of colors. The Azul 3D team is also currently working in partnership with Dr. Devin Roach from Oregon State University to test the use of functional coatings on printed parts, including carbon-sorbent materials developed by Oregon State chemistry professor May Nyman. This ability could enhance Azul 3D’s platform’s viability for carbon capture systems.

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