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Multidirectional 3D Printing (MAP Technology) Introduced by Do3D

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Do3D Innovations, manufacturers of the Genesis (G1) DLP 3D printer, are introducing the revolutionary MAP™ (Multidirectional Additive Production) technology in their Squarewave prototype DLP-SLA 3D printer. This revolutionary, patent pending approach can improve 3D printing speeds by up to 200% or more by enabling the process to take place on both sides of the build plate at the same time.  Multidirectional 3D printing is compatible with powder, liquid resin and even thermopolymer filament based processes.

MAP™ Technology has already taken off and more information can already be found in the dedicated website at www.maptechnology.eu. The first application of MAP™ in the Squarewave system is just the beginning of a process that aims to free 3D printing from the constraints of today, enabling multiple side 3D printing in both powder and liquid resin processes.

MAP Technology for Multidirectional 3D Printing Is Real

Microscopic view of the evenly distributed layers (90um thickness) of a MAP 3D print.

This innovative approach was developed by a team lead by Do3D’s co-founder and CTO Marton Bartos. Its potential is enormous as it can improve 3D printing speeds significantly without any sacrifice in terms of geometrical capabilities. Multidirectional Additive Production begins by doubling the number of sides and could potentially be expanded to several different sides at the same time, with speed increments of several orders of magnitude.

While such a promise would seem to defy the rules of additive part fabrication, it is based on sound physical and chemical principles. “We have been asking ourselves how we could achieve multidirectional 3D printing for a couple of years,” says Bartos. “By rethinking the basic concept of creating physical 3D geometries, we have found solutions that could be implemented in marketable products in the near future. We have filed a patent for this new approach and have proved with concept prototypes that our process is well within reach.

Since the technology is patent pending no detailed technical information has yet been made public, other than that they are working with a set build platform which is “worked around” by multiple print heads.

Close up of a multidirectionally printed test part created by the prototype of DO3D’s SquareWave 3D printer.

The first prototype offers contemporary upward and downward printing and is especially fit for very large parts,” says Bartos. “Our main goal is to be able to take this idea to the next level and by that we mean establishing potential partnerships in industries that can benefit from our technology. Production speeds achievable with MAP technology could change the face of 3D printing.

The issue of increasing printing velocity is a major trend for 2016 and beyond. Some approaches have focused solely on speed but Do3D is focusing on geometrical capabilities as well. The MAP process does not limit the geometrical capabilities in any way while making significant speed increments possible because of simultaneous production of the same part.

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