Rising high-speed 3D printer manufacturer Azul 3D has delivered its LAKE printer to DuPont Electronics and Industrial’s Experimental Station, which will use the printer to begin fabricating 3D printed parts.
DuPont and Azul 3D have collaborated for over a year to prepare the LAKE printer for onsite testing by the DuPont team. As part of the collaboration, DuPont has also invested in Azul 3D, underscoring the potential of the LAKE printer for industrial applications.
The LAKE printer harnesses the power of Azul 3D’s proprietary high-area rapid printing (HARP) technology, a type of 3D printing that converts liquid plastic into solid objects using ultraviolet light. It can print vertically at speeds of up to 18 inches per hour, giving it throughputs that make additive manufacturing practical for mass production.
“Azul 3D’s LAKE printer is an impressive expansion to our capabilities at the DuPont Experimental Station,” said Vere Archibald, site leader at DuPont Experimental Station. “As we further collaborate and begin to explore commercial applications, we are already seeing how it can be a powerful tool for technology development aligned to our purpose of delivering essential innovations to thrive.”
Also enabling mass production are Azul 3D’s proprietary resins, which could revolutionize additive manufacturing in the industrial and consumer spaces. Azul 3D chemists developed a customized proprietary resin for DuPont, which will enable complex parts that are not possible with other fabrication methods and material characteristics.
DuPont selected the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware to install the LAKE printer. The Experimental Station is a science and business development hub, home to scientists and engineers enabling innovation across industries for over 115 years.
“The collaboration with DuPont has been incredibly productive. The shipment of a LAKE printer to DuPont further validates the industrial capabilities of Azul 3D’s technology and materials,” said Cody Petersen, CEO of Azul 3D. “This is just the start of our effort to fully transform mass production in the polymer manufacturing space.”