At the recent Formnext conference, a gathering of AM industry leaders witnessed a leap in 3D printing technology with the release of Raise3D’s latest innovation – the DF2 Digital Light Processing (DLP) solution. The company presented its latest 3D printer, alongside other technological updates and its roadmap for the future, in the cozy cinema of the old Orfeos Erben film house, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Outlining the advantages, including those of speed, precision, and versatility, of DLP over SLA and LCD methods – Raise3D’s approach to DLP technology represents a paradigm shift in 3D printing. The DF2 offers a noteworthy build size of 200 x 112 x 300mm, fast printing speeds, and unmatched resolution – addressing the growing demand for high-quality and efficient production in various industries. With a maximum printing speed of 25 mm/h (0.1 mm per layer) and an XY resolution of 2560 x 1440, the DF2 delivers precision and speed, unlike any other DLP printer.
One of the most striking aspects of the printer is its end-to-end workflow – thanks to the integration of its RFID technology that automatically stores and interprets workflow parameters. From slicing and planning through to printing, washing (with the DF Wash), and curing (with the DF Cure) – the DF2 system streamlines the entire process and ensures a seamless and efficient operation. This integration of workflow is crucial in today’s fast-paced production environments.
The DF2 solution was designed to expand Raise3D’s FFF technology and address the varying needs of different users. Examples of potential real-world applications, with reference to real-world customers, painted a clear picture of some of the opportunities that motivated Raise3D to develop the solution. Current customers like Artitek and Brucom Co. Ltd could leverage the DF2’s capabilities for intricate designs and small batch production, Shenzhen JLC Technology Group could combine DF2 technology with its already-in-use FFF technology to elevate its print farm offering, and ThyssenKrupp Bilstein could apply it to the customization of hardware for collaborative robots.
The range of resins available for the DF2 caters to a wide array of applications – from the easy-to-use Standard Resin and High Detail Resin with a matte finish ready for direct painting and plating, to the durable and impact-resistant Tough 2K Resin, and Rigid 3K Resin that reflects the stiffness of glass fiber-reinforced thermoplastics with high rigidity and superior thermal and chemical resistance, ideal for printing parts with thin walls. Each resin type has been meticulously developed to meet specific industry requirements, whether it be for detailed prototypes or durable, functional parts. This is partly made possible thanks to Raise3D’s partnerships with third-party resin manufacturers such as BASF and Henkel, whose co-branded materials include LOCTITE 3D IND405, LOCTITE 3D PRO476, Ultracur3D RG 3280, and Ultracur3D RG 1100 B.
Advanced features of the DF2, such as its anti-aliasing technology and air-peel technology for easy model detachment, were also highlighted. These features not only enhance the productivity of the DF2 but also ensure the highest quality of printed products. The stability of the Z-axis, for instance, guarantees high-quality prints in the Z-direction with no layering or staggered layers.
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“Our goal has always been to make resin printing hassle-free for production, with unmatched repeatability, unparalleled quality, and remarkable speed. With the DF2 Solution, we are proud to have achieved a solid step in this direction,” said Edward Feng, CEO of Raise3D.
The evening event at Formnext was more than just a product launch; it was a display of Raise3D’s vision for the future of additive manufacturing. The DF2 solution, with its advanced DLP technology, is set to revolutionize the way industries approach manufacturing and prototyping. Raise3D’s global presence, with offices in the US, Europe, and China, underscores its commitment to transforming the AM landscape.
The DF2 solution is now available for pre-sale for €6,999 ($7,999), with shipping beginning in the first quarter of 2024. Customers who place an order before November 30 will receive a 10% discount.