Build plate stack feeds 3D printer for continuous printing possibilities
Just last week, Stephan Schürmann launched the BlackBelt on Kickstarter, a 3D printer that catered for continuous printing thanks to a carbon fiber conveyor belt instead of the usual print bed. Now Korea's Opencreators has also kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for a 3D printing system that feeds in new build platforms for each object from a stack to, again, allow for continuous production.
The Opencreators BS210 fused filament printer's standout feature is its ABC Module, which houses a stack of tempered glass build plates that are fed into the printer one at a time for each new print. This allows for small, continuous production runs, with the unit reported capable of operating for 24 hours straight without supervision.
A sturdy metal frame and the use of low vibration, low noise motors are said to keep "wobble" in check, for improved print accuracy and precision. And a proprietary 360 SLP sensor module keeps an eye on the surface of the active build plate and the nozzle to help maintain an even gap, which is said to reduce the risk of print failures.
The printer includes something called the Slide Parking Head, where two material extrusion heads can produce objects in different materials. Supports for complex structures can be printed in a soluble material, for example, and then dissolved away when immersed in water.
Nozzle sizes range from 0.25 to 0.8 mm, layer resolution is given as 50 to 1,000 microns and a print speed of 10 to 150 mm per second within the confines of a 210 x 210 x 250 mm (8.26 x 8.26 x 9.8 in) build volume.
The BS210 is currently seeking production funds on Kickstarter, where pledges start at US$2,899 for a printer, five glass build plates, five print bed sheets, a kilogram PLA print spool and another spool of water soluble material. If all goes to plan, shipping is estimated to start in September. The campaign pitch video can be seen below.