The Continuous Autonomous Printing (CAP) build plate enables FDM 3D printers to produce parts continuously without requiring any technician intervention to clear off completed parts between prints. This process is done non-destructively which means there is absolutely no impact on the part or disruption to the mounting integrity of the printer. This translates to lower failure rates and more streamline production.
The video to the right demonstrates the process on an early prototype FDM printer.
As can be seen in the video, the CAP build plate is capable of non-destructively dislodging the print once complete. At this point, the machine then moves the print to an advantageous location for auto-ejection. Once in the desired location, the part is ejected from the machine and the printer confirms proper auto-ejection prior to making the printer available for the next print.
CAP is currently available for integration with commercial OEM printers that are looking to enhance productivity and performance for their customer base. CAP is a powerful module within our automation platform that improves production throughput by over 40%. Furthermore, production technicians are capable of operating a larger number of machines which has been shown to lower direct printing labor costs by up to 86%.