Additive Fabrication Equipment
The suite of Australian National Fabrication Faciility (ANFF) funded additive fabrication systems are in everyday use to provide custom structural elements for project areas ranging from novel water-splitting cells through to bio-medical implants. These systems are essential to providing multiple iterations of experimental and functional concepts, maintaining momentum and facilitating progress in multiple collaborative research processes.
Objet Connex 350:
The Connex series of printers, manufactured by Objet, is the current state of the art in polymer rapid prototyping systems. The Connex 350 has a build volume of 342mm x 342mm x 200mm. The supreme functionality of the system allows the production of high resolution parts (minimum printed layer thickness of 0.016mm) constructed from a number of different materials simultaneously. This functionality, which is not available from any competing 3D printing system, allows for rigid and flexible materials to be incorporated into the same part during the same printing cycle. Pictured left.
Dimension uPrint Plus:
The uPrint Plus is an entry level fused deposition modelling (FDM) 3D printing system that produces layered parts though extrusion of a thin filament of ABS build material. The resultant components are robust and can be used as general structures and housings. However, the relatively low resolution of the system limits the fabrication of small features (minimum layer thickness of 0.254mm). Pictured right.
ReaLizer SLM 50: Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology is employed for the production of metal components that are not easily manufacturable through conventional fabrication methods. The process uses a high power laser to incrementally melt and fuse thin layers of powdered metal to form a 3D structure. The Realizer SLM-50 is a bench top system with a cylindrical build volume of Ø70mm x 40mm. Layer thicknesses of 0.025mm can be achieved. However, this minimum resolution is material dependent. Pictured left.
KIMM SPS1000: The SPS 1000 extrusion printer is capable of extruding fibres ranging from 100 um to 500 um at a working resolution down to 1 um. The system has 3 working axis with an optional attachment for printing in the rotational axis to obtain structures in the form of tubes and cylinders. The system is also equipped with a temperature control unit for melt extrusion. Pictured right.
Interested in the ACES Additive Fabrication equipment? Contact Dr Stephen Beirne