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5 Things you need to know about the new 5-axis 3D Printer!

  • Nimish Sany
  • 6 May , 2016

The 5 dimensions

Conventional 3D printers employ 3-axis control type Numerical Control which might have trouble with undercutting during the printing process. The 5-axis printer on the other hand can tilt and rotate the object in addition to the freedom of movement in X, Y and Z axes; thus giving it a total of 5 dimensions that can be traversed.

More axes =Complex shapes

The 5-axis 3D printer is capable of not only planar lamination but also 5- axis lamination as opposed to conventional printers which are capable of only the former. This could help the new 3D printer to make more intricate parts.

Low operation cost!

The printer seems so sophisticated; it might have high operating costs right? Wrong. Conventional 3D printers print out a supporting material before printing spherical or curvy objects on it so as to prevent the object from sagging down. The 5-axis printer can hold the object without printing any supporting material, thus reducing the material and operating costs.

Low operating time!

Lamination and cutting are done on separate machines during conventional 3D printing. But 5 axis printer can carry out these tasks continuously on the same machine; thus reducing the operating time and effort.

Scope for a revolution

The multi-surface 3D printing capability along with high precision opens up vast possibilities for this 5-axis printer. It could cause a revolution in the prosthetics and airplane industry where new methods of manufacturing are rapidly finding use.

Built for R&D professionals for research purposes rather than every day use, Enomoto Kogyo wishes to utilize the printer for manufacturing something specific rather than using it to print about anything, which it is equally capable of doing. The current samples are put to test and the printer will make its entry to the industry by 2017.

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Nimish Sany: I bleed my thoughts on paper. And if I cant find a paper, blogs serve the purpose just fine.

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