When it comes to FDM 3D printing, one of the most important pieces of hardware is the extruder. While the older Prusa based cartesian printers with moving build platforms were limited in speed mainly due to larger moving masses, new printer designs are capable of reaching much higher travel speeds without sacrificing precision. On these new FDM printer designs, the limiting factor has become the extruder responsible for positioning the filament for accurate material deposition. Read More
Since releasing our technology and innovation infographic a few weeks ago we have been hard at work to display some of these hardware and software advancements in action. The first to display is our revolutionary filament monitor.
The filament monitor senses the physical position of the filament to provide closed loop motion control for the extrusion axis when used with our encoded stepper motors. This provides a solution for filament jams, material shearing and under/over extrusion. This monitor also provides feedback for automated inventory control systems, including our RFID material tracking module. Read More