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Raise3D shows off latest composite 3D printing innovations

On the industrial-grade RMF500 and professional-grade E2CF systems, with a new open platform

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Raise3D has long recognized the potential and future applications of composite fiber-reinforced thermoplastics. In 2021, the company, one of the leaders in the global material extrusion hardware segment, introduced two 3D printing solutions designed explicitly for carbon fiber-reinforced parts production: the industrial-grade RMF500 and the professional-grade desktop 3D printer, the E2CF. These offerings cater to a broad spectrum of needs within additive manufacturing.

Fiber-reinforced thermoplastic 3D printing is swiftly advancing in industrial manufacturing. These materials offer cost-efficient solutions, for parts that are both lightweight and robust, making them ideal for high-performance industrial applications. By merging the versatility of thermoplastics with the mechanical strength of high-quality fibers, the world of composite materials continues to evolve, offering greater cost-efficiency, enhanced performance, and innovative manufacturing possibilities.

Now, based on customer feedback, Raise3D is introducing several updates to further enhancd these systems’ capabilities and versatility.

Hyper FFF Technology for RMF500

With Hyper FFF technology, Raise3D introduces high-speed composite 3D printing to the RMF500. This update addresses challenges associated with high-speed printing of composite materials through chemistry and material science. The team has developed a distinct solution in which most of the fibers flow within the nozzle’s core area, optimizing heat conduction, interlayer bonding and nozzle-abrasion behaviors.

“Fibers have not only unlocked enhanced performance but also presented new challenges in high-speed FFF 3D printing. The key to overcoming these challenges lies in or deep understanding of fiber distribution and flow behavior, which we have successfully achieved. As we move forward, we will release an expanding range of Hyper Core filaments, featuring varying fiber content and polymer matrices, further pushing the boundaries of 3D printing.” said Dr. Minde Jin (Ph.D.), Director of Materials and Applications at Raise3D.

Raise3D shows off latest composite 3D printing innovations, on the RMF500 and E2CF systems, with a new open platform

Raise3D shows off latest composite 3D printing innovations, on the RMF500 and E2CF systems, with a new open platform Open platform for innovation

Raise3D’s strategic focus remains on production excellence. The company is committed to delivering precision and reliability through advanced materials, hardware, and software optimization, along with innovation. For this reason, both the E2CF and RMF500 now feature an open material platform that empowers customers to explore new possibilities in additive manufacturing while maintaining our commitment to production standards.

The RMF500 features a vast build volume of 500 x 500 x 500 mm. Its sturdy mechanical structure ensures precision and reliability. With a maximum linear speed of 500 mm/s and an acceleration capability of 15,000 mm/s2, this printer sets a new benchmark for speed and efficiency in the industry. Achieving volume speeds of 35mm3/s. It is equipped with IDEX (Independent Dual Extruders), enabling it to double the productivity and versatility in multi-material printing. The 4 x 2.5 kg filament system ensures continuous printing without interruptions. Plus, its built-in filament drying seal bags guarantee optimal material conditions. The RMF500 also includes the innovative 2-in-1 automatic filament switching designed to keep your creative flow uninterrupted.

The E2CF combines precision and reliability within a compact footprint, with a build volume of 330 × 240 × 240 mm. It also features IDEX and a double-gear extrusion system built with hardened components and silicon carbide nozzles, being specifically optimized to handle the increased wear that occurs when printing with fiber-reinforced filaments. To ensure a stable printing process, the E2CF is equipped with two standalone sealed dry boxes developed by Raise3D. These dry boxes effectively combat the high water-absorption tendencies of nylon and fiber-reinforced filaments, guaranteeing consistent, high-quality prints.

Interested parties can see these solutions in person at Formnext, visting Raise3D’s booth in Hall 12.1 Stand D11.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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