Automated 3D Manufacturing

Advancing technology to bring a more cost effective manufacturing process to your factory floor

TVE (Thermal Volumetric Extrusion) Controller

Our proprietary filament tracking module provides high precision closed loop feedback on filament position and diameter to enhance print quality.

Precision optical diameter and position monitoring is provided with enhanced signal filtering on board allowing for continuous volumetric flow monitoring with 0.35 mm3 resolution.

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Dual Hobbed Extruder

The world’s first variable axis multi-geared extruder drive running off a single stepper motor for enhanced traction and reliable high speed material extrusion.

The extra grip reduces the amount of sheared plastic, filament tugging, and allow for FDM printers to print at much higher speeds.

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Filtracker

Effortlessly track filament usage and manage material settings on-the-fly with the Filtracker plugin for Octoprint.

Filtracker streamlines the typical 3D printing workflow by automatically slicing and printing STL files with the proper settings for the material that is currently loaded on the printer. This workflow is further optimized by tracking print success rates network-wide and fine-tuning material profile settings based on historical data.

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CAP (Continuous Autonomous Printing) Build Plate

Printers can now be configured to run continuously without needing to be monitored or serviced by technicians between prints with our Continuous Autonomous Printing (CAP) build plate. This drastically lowers the costs involved with production 3D printing while increasing print reliability. Surface quality is maintained by ejecting the prints through a non-destructive sequence utilizing the hotend nozzle as a two axis pick-and-place. This method allows for extremely high precision placement of the finished parts for additional automated post processing.

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ABE (Adaptive Build Environment)

Modular environmental control system adapts to internal and external influences to optimize the build chamber for warp free printing.

SD3D’s solution to part warping and delamination is an Adaptive Build Environment (ABE). ABE includes a set of modular panels with variable insulation properties which allows it to adapt to both internal and external influences to the build environment simultaneously. Each ABE panel is capable of absorbing up to 80W of transient thermal energy. Multiple panel sets can be configured to reduce temperature gradients across the build chamber to within 2C.

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CANbus Print Server (Closed Loop Control)

Our CANbus Print Server provides a modular closed loop control system and industrial level 3D printer reliability. The CANbus communication protocol was selected for its noise tolerance in the presence of inductive motors and large cable runs. Our proprietary architecture allows for significant performance improvement on large industrial 3D printers and complex multi-grantry systems.

SD3D’s CANbus Print Server and closed loop motion control system provides precision feedback from each sub-assembly responsible for positioning and extrusion. A dedicated distributed processor is provided for each axis to provide real time closed loop controls at high print speeds.

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