FDM: 10X Faster. Thinking (And Moving) Ahead.

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We can continue to move FDM printing ahead in many ways. You just need to think differently, and don't take no for an answer. A few industry figures have said "FDM is near its limits for wher ethe tech can go." I have never took that as policy and neither should you. Awhile back, two MIT professors, Jamison Go, and John Hart have  developed  a new 3D printing hardware called  FastFFF (Fast Fused Filament Fabrication)  which is ten times faster than 3D printers we use today. Research papers and more information can be read here: Science Direct Heres the abstract: "Significant improvements to the  throughput  of  additive manufacturing  (AM) processes are essential to their cost-effectiveness and competitiveness with traditional processing routes. Moreover, high-throughput AM processes, in combination with the geometric versatility of AM, will enable entirely new workflows for  product design  and  customization . We present the design and validation of...
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The First Layer. Elusive? No. Common Sense.

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The importance of the first layer is paramount and will usually determine if your model is going to fail later in the build or not. Credit: Peter Solomon   Too many people do not give enough attention to all of the details to get the right first layer. Once that you do, so many of your problems will disappear and your printing will become fun and much more predictable! There are 6 Main Factors in getting the perfect first layer 1. Well Trammed Machine (this is not so much about the first layer as in good preparation for the rest of your steps) Tramming your machine is making sure all of the components are at perfect 90° to each other, this doesn't mean leveling with a bubble level gauge. It means making sure your vertical elements are all at 90° to the horizontal elements, that your X gantry is Parallel...
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Wanhao And BLTouch: A Perfect Match...

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Some great news!   Wanhao and BLTouch .   Anybody who knows about bed leveling knows about the reliability BLTouch adds to a printer. Wanhao and BLTouch have joined together to bring better printers, better systems, and better reliability to the consumer. Were excited, you should be too!     Congratulations!               Some information on the BLTouch:   Summary https://www.antclabs.com/bltouch ​ BLTouch is an  auto leveling  sensor for 3D Printers that can precisely measure the tilt of Bed surface. It could work with any kinds of bed materials, such as glasses, woods, metals, and so on. ​ Features ​ Main functions and controls of BLTouch are the same as usual auto bed leveling sensor, consists of RC servo and micro switch . Thus, BLTouch can be applied on almost every board. BLTouch is fulfilled with  simple  structure and high precision by using  progressively designed solenoid...
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